Every month we send you just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Pray for someone who needs you. Join with 300-plus caring, trained volunteers who answer the prayer phone line or pray for the nearly 700 prayer requests received daily at The Upper Room Prayer Center. Wherever you are, you can participate in the prayer ministry through remote link-ups, as well as covenant prayer groups. Intercessory prayer volunteers are especially needed for 7-9 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. time slots. To learn more, go to

Take your youth or young adult ministry to new places! The Field Guide Network is filled with experienced mentors waiting to connect and support you in ministry. Explore this new, no-cost way of building skills and gaining knowledge by visiting Search Field Guides by areas of expertise, geography or church size, identify a Field Guide you’d like to connect with, and then send a contact request today.


Ever been asked to start a new church? Now you have! First, watch this video (, which describes some of the most popular strategies currently being used to start new congregations around the United States. Next, consider what type of plant might work in your context, and then cast a vision for church planting among people in your area.

Spend a week this summer in youth mission work. Join United Methodist youth groups for youth mission weeks in Nashville, a partnership between Young People’s Ministries and YouthWorks. The week of June 23 has 14 open spots remaining, and the week of July 28 has 52 open spots. Only $269 per person includes housing, meals, supplies, programming and on-site staff for your mission experience. For more information and to register, go to

Address the issues of abuse and neglect of older adults. Learn how your congregation can have a safe ministry for older adults. Read the book, Safe Sanctuaries: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Older Adults, by Joy Melton, with forward by Richard H. Gentzler Jr. It helps congregations explore types of abuse, best practices for ministry with and for older adults and policies to be implemented. To buy a copy, go to

That’s all this month. 5 more ideas coming your way in April!
P.S. Seen Chuck Knows Church? Check out our latest online video series at:

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