Redeeming Creation Conference


Scripture tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” (Psalm 24:1) Scripture also tells us that God intended humanity to have dominion over the earth and all that is in it. (Genesis 1:26) How do we reconcile these two scriptures? How can we mere humans have dominion over what belongs to the Lord?
We believe that God has entrusted the earth and all that is in it into our hands as stewards. Human beings are to be caretakers of God’s creation, and we are responsible for how it is used or abused.
Unfortunately, we have not done a good job.
Fortunately, God is not done with us, or the rest of creation, yet.
Just as we are redeemed and restored to right relationship with God through the work, blood and grace of Jesus Christ, so we are to join with God in working to redeem all of creation. That is the impetus behind the first ever Redeeming Creation Conference. We want to educate and empower Christians across the globe to be better stewards of God’s creation, and to join God in the work of redemption.
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jerusha Neal, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Neal will share with us how to teach, preach and speak on creation from a biblical point of view.
Also speaking is world-renowned Old Testament scholar Dr. Ellen Davis, who will lead a fantastic study on Genesis 1 and 6.
The afternoon schedule includes Jarred White and Michelle Osborne of the Rural Advancement Foundation International, who will share with us the connection between land stewardship and racial justice.

Finally, we will end the day with a panel discussion on the disconnect we often find between faith and science, and how to overcome it.
This online-only conference is open to all, clergy and laity alike. All registrants will receive videos of each session after the conference is over, in case they’re unable to attend all sessions.
Event Date: May 15, 2021
Event Time: 9:00-4:00
Event Location: Virtual, via Zoom
Event Cost: $20.00
Register for Redeeming Creation at this link.

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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