Who are these with you?


We all know about Esau and Jacob’s reunion. Jacob comes home after decades away and, always the strategist, he surrounds himself with family, extended family, and servants as he makes his final approach.

Esau looks up and asks the question – Who are these with you?

Jacob’s reply is ours as well – These are the children God has entrusted to my care.

At Methodist Home for Children, these are the children God has entrusted to our care: Juvenile offenders, unparented, failing in school, looking in the wrong places for acceptance; teenagers, struggling with mental illness and substance abuse; children, neglected and abused.

We see hope in each one of them and we work so that they, too, can see and live into their God-given potential.

By now you may know that Methodist Home for Children is an Approved Ministry of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. You may not know, however, that we’ve been in ministry with you in Western North Carolina for 12 years.

Last year alone, Methodist Home for Children served 257 children and families from Western Conference counties, and that capacity is expanding with two new programs:

In April we opened our Forsyth County Transitional Living Home in Winston-Salem, and in October we will open our Union County Group Home in Monroe. These new homes help to fill urgent needs in Central and Western North Carolina, where we already have the long-serving Macon County Group Home in Franklin and two Crisis & Assessment Centers in Winston-Salem and Asheville.

Almost without exception, the youth in these programs come to us without the benefit of a family safety net and all of the normal protections and experiences that adolescents need growing up.

Learn more about us at mhfc.org. And if you have questions, please contact Reggie Helton at 828.514.2449 or rhelton@mhfc.org

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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