First UMC Modesto's hospitality skills get national attention

May 24, 2007

For a second year, First United Methodist Church Modesto has distinguished itself as an official “Welcoming Congregation.” The United Methodist denomination recognizes our churches around the country that make a concerted effort to build hospitality into a vital ministry. It’s part of Igniting Ministry, the denomination’s Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors commitment to welcoming and hospitality. To gain its second year certification, First UMC has provided opportunities for discipleship in its congregation and worked at embracing newcomers as part of its ongoing lifestyle.


To learn more about welcoming certification visit, where you can download the Welcoming certification worksheet.


If you have any questions, you may also contact Igniting Ministry toll free at (877) 281-6535, or e-mail


Coming this fall to the California-Nevada Annual Conference -- Igniting Ministry training for Laity! Keep watching the website for more information on when and where!