WNCC Churches Can Help COVID-19 First Responders Now


The Western NC Conference of the UMC is working with Wesley Community Development and state health officials to determine which churches can provide immediate assistance to their local healthcare providers in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some communities need places to hold blood drives, offer OTC medicine giveaways, provide child care for healthcare professionals who are working overtime to treat patients, provide food to hungry neighbors, or even offer shelter for homeless persons or open land to set up a testing site or other needed care.  We are trying to collect this information and pass it on to the appropriate healthcare organizations quickly, as critical needs change daily.  If your church is already providing any of these ministries for the COVID-19 fight or could offer space for one or more, please complete this brief survey  by Friday, April 17, and return it to Rev. Karen Easter Bayne at karen@wesleycdc.com.  Thank you for responding to the needs of your communities so quickly and with compassion.  

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment







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