The Florida Conference is home to hundreds of local churches, ministries, clergy and lay members dedicated to making a difference in the world. Check out the stories below to see how they are sharing ideas and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
What do you do when the state takes possession of your church through eminent domain? You pray for guidance, strength and new direction.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, whose congregation has many LGBTQ members, already had a blood drive planned June 12. In the wake of a mass shooting that targeted gay people, the drive drew tremendous community support.
The Life Enrichment Center at First Church Melbourne has a new purpose: classrooms have been turned into bedrooms and Brevard County families in transition now have a safe place to live for a week at a time.
On Saturday, April 23, they got ready like anyone else would for their prom. Tuxedos were buttoned, hair was styled and nails were painted.
How does a small church collect and distribute 7,000 pounds of food in one week?
The fourth Sunday of each month is youth Sunday at Ebenezer UMC in Jacksonville. It’s also Praise Dance Sunday, thanks to a dedicated team of 10 young women led by a talented church member.
The garden became common ground that brought us together across generations and connected us with a new purpose, which was a blessing in itself.
Mike Zdorow of the Florida Conference was commissioned as a United Methodist Church missionary in the Service of Commissioning during General Conference on Thursday, May 19.
Families who live at or near the poverty line are empowered to achieve individual goals relating to economic stability as well as to help solve community problems.
KUMC's iServe mission helps our neighbors and church members who need assistance with projects in and around their homes on several Saturdays each month.
VITA is designed to help residents receive all the tax credits they qualify for.
For most of her life, Laurilee Thompson has attended First United Methodist Church of Titusville, where she has served as an authority on Creation Care. Thompson's passion to preserve God's creation has inspired real action in Brevard County. In addition to running her family's 33-year-old local restaurant, she took a significant leadership role as 2016 Chair of the Brevard County Tourist Development Council.
Brenda and Alex Awad found an appreciative audience for their experiences living and ministering in the Middle East.
SOS! means "Serving Others Selflessly!" at First UMC Spring Hill.
New shelter in Brandon provides for area homeless women with opportunities for community involvement and contributions.
So far, they have completed three significant home improvement and clean-up projects for people in the community.
"We knew in an instant this was the beginning of a friendship and partnership that was going to be very long-term."
Pastor Scott Harris of Asbury UMC in Maitland is the first to admit that a recent photo of him in command of a jackhammer is something of a joke, but in reality the hard work of rebuilding the ...
Approaching the one-year anniversary of Open Arms Village in Ocala, we checked in with them to find out what happened once warm bodies started filling their beds.
What better way to connect a church with its neighboring community than by serving steaming hot cups of chili? That’s exactly what happened when the North Naples UMC reached out to its neighbors inviting them to enjoy a chili cook-off on Feb. 20.
A small church on the Caloosahatchee River mixes bluegrass and the Bible to create a popular Saturday night worship experience.
The 3-year-old Shores UMC after-school program receives a Lockmiller excellence in education award from the Florida United Methodist Foundation.
An outreach effort to help people struggling with physical needs blossoms into requests for spiritual nourishment as well.
A preschooler models Christian compassion and generosity when his teacher battles cancer.
Three Florida Conference churches help shine God's love on special participants with a Tim Tebow-sponsored prom.
The infection started with the church youth and spread far enough to save more than 1,600 lives.
A beer garden may strike some as an odd place to find worship and spiritual discernment, but for one church, it's where the people are.
A preschool teacher who has taught at least four generations of youngsters and inspired parents as well is honored by the Florida United Methodist Foundation.
A small country church celebrates its founding in 1845, during the frontier days of Florida.
At least two Florida Conference congregations make news for providing feasts and gifts to those in need on Christmas Day.
Demolition of a chapel dating to the 1970s will make way for a new 15,000-square-foot, multipurpose structure for the campus ministry.
John Wesley UMC celebrates a big milestone in the program that emphasizes giving over getting at Christmas.
Jill Bergkamp, a poet and children's ministry director, reflects on "reading" the stories told in stained glass.
Nearly 1,000 turn out for "Bethlehem in Monticello" – and that doesn't count camels Jeremiah and Amazing Grace.
ToyMakers of East Lake, an outreach of East Lake UMC, Palm Harbor, makes and distributes tiny wooden toys to children in need.
The kids at Wellspring UMC got the Christmas gift ministry rolling, and the whole congregation got behind it.
It's Native American Heritage Month. Wesley Memorial UMC learns a new worship style with help from Florida group, Sacred Thunder Drum.
First UMC, Lake Wales, supports a faith-based community care center with Thanksgiving treats and more.
Community UMC, Fruitland Park, is among volunteers who turn out to rescue the home of a Korean War veteran.
A mother's heartbreak leads to a Memory Box mission to ease parents' pain when newborns don't survive.
Two churches – one United Methodist, one Baptist; one Anglo, one African American – team up to give the community a special day of fun and fellowship.
Trinity UMC's baked potato fundraiser in Gainesville helps inmates stay in touch with their children through the Mommy Reads ministry.
A devoted disaster recovery volunteer, he lives by John Wesley's words: "Do all the good you can."
Church members unite to welcome 40 new members on World Communion Sunday.
A Tampa congregation books food trucks to treat families to dinner and a movie – at church.
Trinity UMC, DeLand, matches a Florida Conference Lockmiller grant to launch 'Sneakers 4 Kids.'
Members of this Sebring church are on a mission to make disciples, change the world.
Spiritual nourishment at The Table in Brandon is convenient without resorting to fast food.
Stuffed bears carry the prayers of a Florida congregation to those in need. It's a low-cost ministry for churches of all sizes.
First UMC, Orlando, seeks to sign up neighbors helping neighbors in this expansion of the SundayServe concept.