Your Conference Creation Care Ministry Team is Gearing Up!

 

Your Conference Creation Care Ministry (CCM) Team, which is part of the Justice and Reconciliation Team, is moving forward with plans and activities designed to engage the local churches throughout the Conference in ways to honor and glorify God through creation-related intentional acts of caring and justice. An email has gone out to each of the District Superintendents outlining first steps, which include identifying a creation care point of contact at each church in the Conference who will facilitate communications between the CCM Team and the members of his/her congregation, as well as offering a late-summer three-part webinar series designed for all clergy members which addresses “What is the Problem?”, “Why Should We Care?”, and “What Can We Do?” from a Creation Care Ministry standpoint.
 
One of the team has already begun reaching out in the Metro District to contact individual churches and see what is going on in each church in the creation care area and to hear what we can do to support efforts to grow an existing ministry or help establish a new one. We plan to do that in all districts as we move forward and as we grow our team. If you, or someone you know, are passionate about creation care and creation justice and want to join our team, we would welcome your passion and ideas!
 
Keep your eye out for a new CCM webpage coming soon on the Justice and Reconciliation Team’s portion of the WNCC UMC website. It will provide the theology of creation care, some of The UMC’s statements and positions regarding creation care and creation justice, steps to take to get started on a creation care ministry at the local church level, some ideas for intentional acts of caring and justice to help you start “greening” your church, and additional resources to help educate on the issues and hope-based solutions related to creation care and creation justice.
 
Email your CCM Team at CreationCareWNCC@gmail.com and let us know how you would like to be involved, how we can help you get started with a CCM, or how we can help support and expand your current efforts. We look forward to hearing from, and working with you, as we make this journey of renewal together! 

Resources for Vital Congregations

 

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources

eLEAD

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

DISCIPLE FORMATION:

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

WESLEYAN STUDIES:

Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology

REACHING PEOPLE:

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

RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:

Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children

GRANTS:

The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment

OTHER:

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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