Your church can be part of an elite group of churches across the United States that have been certified as Welcoming Congregations, earning this seal.

“Igniting Ministry works for us” is the feedback we hear from local churches — small, medium and large, alike. Successes are shared with us every day! These stories are full of tips and ideas you might find helpful and this page lifts up these “models” who exemplify “Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors.

WELCOMING CERTIFICATION Become a designated welcoming congregation!
How Certification Works

Igniting Ministry celebrates and recognizes the efforts of local congregations to prepare actively and intentionally to receive newcomers. By attending training events or by using Igniting Ministry resources, United Methodists can develop new hospitality skills to help bring people through their church doors and give them a reason to stay.

One mark of this recognition is certification of Welcoming Congregations. When your church is designated a Welcoming Congregation, it will receive a wooden plaque (sent at no cost to you) recognizing your efforts. And the Welcoming Certification seal will be added to your church’s listing in the Find-a-Church database www.unitedmethodist.org as a special designation to call attention to your church as newcomers search for a church in your area.

Displaying your plaque in a highly visible area of the church will bring a sense of pride to your members and affirm to newcomers your willingness to welcome them into your fellowship

Contact Us

Igniting Ministry
810 12th Avenue South – Nashville, TN 37203-4744 – P.O. Box 320, Nashville, TN 37202-0320
Phone: 877-281-6535 | Fax: 615-742-5777 | im@umcom.org