2020 Clergy Assessments Have Been Released


Information about the 2020 Clergy Assessments has been emailed to clergy and S/PPRC chairs this week.  

The initial focus of this assessment regards the clergy’s leadership during the current pandemic.  We know that during this unprecedented time, clergy have had to adapt to a new reality.  They are preparing for online or on-the-phone worship, conducting virtual meetings and Bible studies, offering pastoral care in new ways, and providing safe missional opportunities to care for the needs of the community.  In such a time as this, measuring progress and assessing growth can be challenging. Some clergy may doubt their effectiveness.  More than ever, pastors need to hear about their strengths as well as their areas for growth as they lead the congregation forward in new ways.  Please take the time to give them honest feedback and encouraging support.  

Remember, it’s the S/PPRC’s role to help our clergy be the best that they can be in leading the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of lives, communities, and the world.

Assessments are to be completed by October 31, 2020.

To access the Instructions for the Assessments, please click here.

To access the Assessments that need to be completed, please click here.
As you begin this assessment process, we invite you to watch Bishop Leeland’s latest message to the Conference:
If you have questions, please contact your district office.

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.