updateStarting with the first Friday in January 2015, there will be a weekly update published.  Rather than just highlighting the news stories published during the week, WEEKLY UPDATE will include a summary of the major changes to the website and other breaking news. Each week may look a little different, and will give you easy access to the most significant changes and highlights. Changes this week: On December 30th- changeover of the website to new host and servers.  This also included website redesign and several new sections:
  • LEADWNCC.ORG has it's own section of the website with the domain name going directly to the section. There are also a couple of more ways to discover resources you can use.
  • VITAL.WNCCUMC.ORG has its own subdomain with more room to grow and expand.
  • MISSION.WNCCUMC.ORG launched and will provide more opportunities for communicating missions and service opportunities in the WNCC.  Read Katie Lineberger's description: Mission Engagement Team Launches New Site
Changes of Note
  • There are more primary links and options for finding pages and materials throughout the website.  When in doubt, use the search bar at the top of the page.
  • The Calendar (formerly "Events") had a serious makeover with some new options for presenting events from across the Conference.
  • Careers has a more prominent link, and a simplified process for searching and viewing job opportunities.  There are also directions on how to submit a job announcement.
  • Over the next year, because of the ease of use of this website, we anticipate more groups and persons assisting with creating content and updating the site, making this an even better resource for you and your churches.
Major Pages and Resources of Note Feeds for Your Website  

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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