Emory Club presents a Virtual 5K and Journey to the Cross Challange


The WNCC Emory Club is hosting a VIRTUAL 5K and inaugural "Journey to the Cross Challenge."

Complete the Virtual 5K anytime between August 1-8th on any course and at any speed.

The Journey to the Cross Challenge takes you 140 miles on a virtual course from the Conference Center in Huntersville all the way to the Cross on Inspiration Point at Lake Junaluska. Log those miles from July 1-August 8th, you can run, ride, bike, swim, or walk to get from the Conference Center to Lake Junaluska!

We will give out prizes and T-Shirts at the In-Person meeting of the Annual Conference on August 8th. (Time and Place TBA)

This year all of our proceeds go to NETworX USA. NETworX USA is a national movement to measurably reduce poverty at its holistic core. The strategy is based on building well-being together, rather than well-doing for others. It is individuals and communities building intentional relationships through education and love of neighbor as well as love of self. This program offers a model for building relationships across the lines that divide us (whether racial, cultural, economic) so that we can all move towards a fuller, richer life. Learn more about NETworX on our Facebook page (WNCC Emory Club 5K at The Lake). Churches and communities have been encouraged to support and be in ministry with those in NETworX initiative by both the WNCC Annual Conference and the General Conference.

Don't want to run?  That's OK! You can walk, stroll, skip, or meander your way through whatever course you have.  If you don't want to race, we still encourage you to donate to NETworX USA this year, click the "DONATE" button at the top of the race page and visit our Facebook page (WNCC Emory Club 5K at The Lake) to learn more.

Run or walk and have fun with your friends and family!

Visit the race page at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/LakeJunaluska/EmoryClub5k.

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


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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