Reflections on the Last Four Years: The Order of Deacons
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the Chair of this gifted, passionate, and faithful Order of Deacons the last four years. The WNCC Deacons are connecting Christs' Body, the Church,with the community and world in countless ways of service beyond the local church as well as leadership within our local churches. Some of the ways include: Service in Haiti, Rural Church at Duke, Crossnore School and Children's Home, Atrium Health, School Based Services, and much more, Deacons are living out their Christian discipleship in ways that embody the nature and love of Jesus to the world.
Over the last four year, we have worshiped together led by Bishop Leeland and our gifted Deacon worship leaders, we spent a day in service together at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, and experienced various Fresh Expressions of Church at Haw Creek Commons led by our own Deacons and Rev. Luke Edwards. We were gifted time to rest and be renewed as the Sabbath Living Team offered us a Sabbath Retreat, and have gathered each year during Annual Conference for fellowship and a way to honor those retiring, being commissioned, and ordained.
I have learned a great deal these last four years and am most grateful for the sacred opportunity to serve as the Chair of the Order. It is an honor to pass on the leadership of the Order to Rev. Monica Childers, a gifted Deacon and sister in Christ.
Rev. Gloria G. Hughes
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.