Celebrate Golden Cross Sunday




Golden Cross
is a ministry that reaches out in love to the laity in our Annual Conference who are experiencing financial difficulty due to excessive medical expenses. Each year, Golden Cross has impacted the lives of numbers of families in the NC Conference. Each outreach effort represented someone active in his or her local church - people just like each of us - who in a moment of struggle found means of grace and love coming from “their” church. Let us work to extend this critical ministry.  We can, but we need your help!  The local church is offered the opportunity to make a huge difference in how many laity can be helped.  Please prayerfully consider giving to this ministry of compassion that reaches out to so many in need. Medical bills can devastate the financial and emotional health of a family.  At a time when so many lack adequate medical coverage, Golden Cross offers the laity in our Conference not only financial assistance, but the hand and heart of hope. To help others with their needs, simply make a gift to Golden Cross through your local church. 100% of your gift will go to someone in the midst of deep crisis and you will, as Paul states, bear the burden of another and so fulfill the law of Christ. For any questions or more information, call: Golden Cross Director -Rev. Thomas R. Hunter (336) 368-4548
You can celebrate Golden Cross Sunday in your church on a date of your choosing.  Below is a link to a bulletin insert: Download Golden Cross Sunday Bulletin Insert
Application forms for Golden Cross assistance are found below: Golden Cross Grant Application (2 page form) Golden Cross Prescription Drug Assistance Send completed applications to: First United Methodist Church PO Box 696 Pilot Mountain, NC  27041  

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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