Join a Peer Learning Session: Learning from One Another During a Time of Physical Distancing


The whole world is figuring out how to respond to this unprecedented season of physical distancing. While the length, breadth and depth of the requested social actions remain uncertain, already our church is having to make profound adaptations to the ways we worship, study, care for one another, support the vulnerable, connect, collaborate and bear witness to love, grace, faith, hope and joy.

We’re all benefiting from social sharing. We also believe that words create worlds (Genesis 1 and John 1), so through the generosity of the Duke Endowment with the support of Connectional Ministries in the NCCUMC, we’re offering to clergy across North Carolina several upcoming sessions of peer learning. Our pilot sessions have been well received by the participants.

These are peer conversations guided by our coaches, Steve James, Peg Aldridge and Trish Archer, to capture insights, ideas, experiments and successes in being the church in its best incarnation through this emerging moment.

If you’d like to be a part of one of these conversations, you can select one of the 8 available slots in each session through the links below (copy and paste urls are below). If you want to participate and the slots are all filled or these times won’t work for you, please contact Steve James to be placed on a priority list when we offer future sessions. Questions can be directed to Steve James –


Being Church in a Time of Physical Distancing – April 20 – 9:30 am to 11:00 am

High Touch Ministry in a Low Touch World – April 21 – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

High Touch Ministry in a Low Touch World – April 22 – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Preaching to a Camera – April 24 – 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Spiritual Disciplines while Safely Distancing – May 4 – 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Resources for Vital Congregations



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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