Nashville, Tenn.: UMC.org, the official website of The United Methodist Church, relaunched on December 2 with a new contemporary look and a more mobile-friendly design.
In addition, Find-A-Church–the site’s most popular feature–is now international, with more countries continually being added. New geolocation technology makes it possible to display churches that are near the user’s current location.
A big change is that the new UMC.org will combine with RethinkChurch.org, the United Methodist website for those who are looking for a spiritual home but are not yet part of a congregation.
“With the integration of the two websites, users will have a greater choice of content,” said Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. “Whether you are just beginning to ask questions, are new to The United Methodist Church, or a long-time member, you’ll find information and inspiration for your faith walk.”
The website has dedicated sections for ministry in the local church and the mission of the church in the world. It highlights stories of what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ and how the people of The United Methodist Church are transforming the world.
The popularity of podcasts is growing exponentially, and the new UMC.org has conversations to help listeners get their spirit in shape and guide them through their faith journeys at UMC.org/podcasts.
Over the coming year, users will see even more changes to help them find the content they want.
“United Methodist Communications is using the latest technology so that we can work toward customizing content for users to meet their needs and preferences,” said Krause. “We’ll also be working to make the site more global and multi-lingual now that we have the functionality in place to support a better user experience.”
When completed, UMC.org will be available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Korean.