FlameBuilders Graduates Pilot Cohort - May 2, 2015


Flamebuilders500 In response to the growing number of young adults leaving the church, Boundless Impact, a nonprofit organization fostering global connections in North Carolina, partnered with the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of The United Methodist Church, Center for Creative Leadership and UMC-affiliated higher education institutions, to launch a program called FlameBuilders. The name “FlameBuilders” is inspired by 1 Thes. 5:19 – Do not put out the Spirit’s fire. This global leadership and spiritual development institute for young adult lay leaders welcomed the first class in September 2014, and is thrilled to graduate the pilot cohort on May 2, 2015, at Christ UMC in Greensboro. The pilot cohort of 18 young adults represents three districts and 15 congregations of the WNCC, from diverse ethnic, race, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds. Over nine monthly sessions across the WNCC, they have received world-class boundary-spanning leadership training through facilitators from the Center for Creative Leadership, and will graduate having each developed a measurable plan of action that aims to benefit their churches, local communities, and the world. These individual “Pathways for Impact” have been created through challenging self-assessments, difficult dialogue, and the group’s common desire to make a profound impact through fulfilling God’s call on their lives. According to Zithobile “Zitty” Nxumalo, a member of Class 1 from Union Memorial UMC in Greensboro, “FlameBuilders came at the perfect time for me. I’ve learned how God is able to use my personal, professional, and spiritual interests to guide me towards a path that is uniquely my own. It’s been fascinating!” FlameBuilders is expanding to all WNCC districts in September 2015 and will also pilot a program targeted for college students in partnership with Bennett College, Greensboro College and High Point University in May 2016. Applications for Class 2 will be coming soon and please contact Program Director Cindy Thompson at cthompson@boundlessimpact.org or 336.209.1570 for more information.

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.


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