Welcome to the United Methodist Communications Online Training Center

Use the links in the My Learning Center block to find your courses and other training opportunities from United Methodist Communications. Click on "register for courses" to see details about each course, including:

    • whether pre-registration is required []
    • whether it's open 24/7 for drop-in learning and conversation or offered on specific schedules for facilitated engagement
    • who to email and what links to click to pre-register or get more information

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United Methodist Basics

The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968, but it has had more than two centuries of organization in the United States and around the world. Learn about United Methodist basics: its history, structure, beliefs and ministries through these online courses, live workshops and resources. 

These courses explore the history, structure, beliefs, and ministries that empower the United Methodist Church to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.


  • What It Means to be United Methodist
  • Connectional Giving
  • Exploring General Conference

Your Church Website: Rethinking Your New Front Door

This course will cover the basics of creating your church website. However, this course also looks at going beyond just having a church website focusing on how to effectively implement a broader online presence. By engaging your audience online first, you extend your reach beyond Sunday services and expose your audience to your message before they visit your church.

In this course, you will:
•Begin building a WordPress site
•Navigate WordPress
•Create posts and pages in WordPress
•Develop menus and proper page structure
•Develop a preliminary plan with a purpose and goals for establishing a web ministry.
•Access resources, training and support through United Methodist Communications and its web and internet technology sites, forums and events.


Welcoming Ministry 100

How do you welcome visitors to your church? Learn how to lead your church in establishing a dynamic ministry of welcoming and radical hospitality:

  1. Interpret what it means to be a welcoming congregation
  2. Learn to build a team for welcoming ministry
  3. Assess your congregation’s welcoming strengths and weaknesses
  4. Identify your church in the local community



VITAL "Tools for Increasing Your Church's Vitality" online course provides church leaders with tools to take their congregations to vitality by examining five common behaviours of highly vital congregations.

  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Lay Leadership
  • Worship
  • Small Groups
  • Missions



"Communicating Faith in the 21st Century"  online course is designed to help you reclaim your own voice in order to speak faith to a world desperately in need of the good news of God's love by using the communications tools of the 21st century.

You’ll discover how to:

  • Empower your local church to tell its story in the public sphere;
  • Create networks of practice for effective communication of faith, and
  • Equip local church members to communicate compelling stories of faith.


Moodle Training for Course Developers, Instructors and Facilitators

What is Moodle?

Moodle is an online learning system that is being used by over 37 million users in 3.7 million courses around the world. Both United Methodist Communications and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry use Moodle to provide interactive, online courses. Experts in the communications ministry facilitate these online learning courses.

What can I do with this training?
Once you’ve taken the  Moodle training, you’ll be able to design and deliver an online course hosted by United Methodist Communications.

  • Moodle: Basic Training