Resources for the Local Church

The Communications department has gathered resources that can help you share the stories and engage communities with the work of your local church. These resources can help you begin the process and get you started in your marketing and branding needs. Feel free to share others you use by emailing

Resource UMC is rich with content from around The United Methodist Church – that provides quick access to the information and inspiration local church and connectional leaders need to make effective disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

UMC Brand Standards and Logos 
Identity is more than compliance to standards; it is about delivering a brand experience the audience will grow to trust. The United Methodist Church identity is a key component in developing the brand’s strength and reputation through its consistent application.

Local Church Marketing Services
The United Methodist Communications Local Church Services team can assist your church with social media coaching and advertising, a new website, SEO optimization, a new church logo, customized promotional items, stationery and business card design, and other services. Most of the services are FREE!

The Art of Story
This site by United Methodist Communications provides ideas, tools, training and planning templates to:

  • market and grow your church
  • social media tips and training
  • website tips and training
  • storytelling assets
  • and learning resources

MyCom brings you share-worthy tips and videos on church communications, outreach, worship and new technology. Designed for pastors, church leaders and staff, MyCom delivers information relevant to your job roles and interest areas. Provided by United Methodist Communications.

UMC Micro-Trainings
Available online, any time! United Methodist Communications offers affordable online training courses, with professional instruction available on YOUR time. Micro-trainings are a learning method designed to deliver effective content in a time frame ranging from 15 - 20 minutes. These "burst of knowledge" or micro-trainings will equip you with communication practices that you can start applying to your congregations today.

Using Social Media
Social media tools can be invaluable resources for connecting with members, visitors and seekers online. UMCOM will help you learn about social media strategies and how to use them for ministry.

Graphic Design is a website that can help anyone create professional designs from social media to creating a business card. It is easy to use and free. 

Church Marketing 
One of the most dynamic websites on church marketing and communications. It is overflowing with frequent new posts on best practices, free resources, branding advice and words of wisdom contributed by church communicators.

Free graphics
There are a number of websites with free-to-use images for download with no strings attached. Here is a list of three we have used in the past. Make sure to check their terms of service policies for updates, to be certain whether accreditation is required.

Online Printing is an entirely web-based company - yet one with a personal touch - that focuses on assisting consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses with their promotional needs. Ordering online, with the help of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service reps, has never been easier. 

Video Story Telling Training
ASB Classroom in an online training platform for video, film and broadcast provided to you FREE through the Iowa UMC Conference Communications department. These self-guided classes will help you  learn the basics from video shooting fundamentals to building a video story from the ground up. Email us at to learn how to get started!