Helena United Methodist Ministries

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are we?

    • HUMM is two churches with three shared pastors and one main office. Our budgets and volunteers are separate. We love having two unique spaces to worship! 

  • Where are we?​

    • St. Paul's is located in the heart of historic downtown Helena, across from the Holter and down the hill from the cathedral. Covenant UMC is near St. Peter's Hospital. ​

  • What time is worship?​

    • Due to COVID-19, all worship will take place via YouTube live stream. Click the link for our page!​ You can subscribe and get notifications when we go live on Sundays. 

  • Why HUMM?​

    • Helena United Methodist Ministries (HUMM) is a new church model that began in 2015. Originally it involved sharing pastor pulpit time among the clergy so congregations at both St Paul’s and Covenant heard from a variety of pastors. It also included sharing office support for both churches.

    • Churches across our nation were fluctuating in finances and attendance and the HUMM model was a new approach to addressing this challenge for Helena that could possibly be a model for other churches to consider.

    • The stated goal of HUMM was to multiply ministries and maximize impact. We wanted to reach out into the community ministering to as many people as possible, while maintaining a sustainable and fluid operating model. We saw advantages with strengthening our congregations and connections while consolidating some administrative and clerical operations. One of our earliest joint missions was that of launching and supporting the Bridges program. This ministry to the senior citizens in our community has a powerful impact for many, and both St Paul’s and Covenant people worked together to make it happen.  

    • From the beginning it was important to honor and preserve the identity of each of our two churches. While united in the Methodist faith and some shared history, we are separate congregations with our own traditions and practices. Our churches are offering the Helena area one large and one small Methodist church and providing unique experiences. We enjoy participating in programming from both churches, our children share vacation bible school and youth group, and the adults take classes with members from both churches. We also share space and resources between churches.

    • Five years later, our mission remains the same: multiply ministries and maximize impact. This HUMM model allows for a variety of pulpit messages, a variety in class offerings, shared mission projects, financial savings, and increased communication and interactions between the two congregations.
       

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