Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Scheduled for January 17


WNCC MLK Celebration  2015The Western North Carolina Conference 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 17th at Crossroads UMC in Concord. The service will begin at 10 am (doors open at 9:00 am) followed by lunch. The theme for this year's celebration is: Changing the Atmosphere: Be Not Conformed, but Transformed.  Join Bishop Larry Goodpaster and friends from across Western NC as we celebrate Dr. King and recommit ourselves to his important work. The day will feature fellowship, worship and music, along with panel and small group dialogues about how we can take up Dr. King’s call to transform the world around us. An offering will be received for the Children’s Home. Reservations are appreciated by Wednesday, January 14. $5 will be collected at the door to defray the cost of lunch. To register, or to get directions please visit our page on the conference website: Sponsored by WNC-BMCR (Black Methodists for Church Renewal) in partnership with the WNCC Justice & Reconciliation Team. Registration at Eventbrite: https://2015mlkcelebration.eventbrite.comDownload Flyer ]  

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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