Registration is OPEN For Sabbath Life 2021!


Registration is now OPEN for Sabbath Life 2021! In this season when our church leaders are carrying especially heavy burdens, the team at Life Around the Table remains dedicated to creating space for clergy and ministry professionals to find renewal and rejuvenation of body, mind, and soul through our Sabbath Life ministry.

Sabbath Life is an invitation to clergy and ministry professionals to practice the rhythms of Sabbath, stepping away from our daily lives to delight in God, creation, and each other. Each Sabbath Life cohort will engage eight clergy and ministry professionals in monthly, full-day (9am-4pm), Sabbath retreats on a local farm from February through November. Work in the garden, worship, a delicious farm-to-table lunch, shared silence, and reflection time provide a rhythm for the day. Each participant will also receive a box of farm fresh seasonal produce each month from a local farm along with recipes to use at home.

For more details about the Sabbath Life 2021 cohort dates/locations and registration, visit our website:

Please note that the Sabbath Life cohorts are located in Snow Camp, NC and Efland, NC. Overnight accommodations may be available for participants traveling from the Western NC Conference. 

Do you know of a clergy member or ministry professional who could benefit from taking part in Sabbath Life? Please pass along information about this ministry!

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


  • Resources
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