Responsible Outreach Conference Offered by Duke Divinity School


dukeds logo-300x123Responsible Outreach: The Church in Mission February 20-21, 2015 Duke Divinity School What does it mean to be a local church doing outreach? What is the church’s theological and ethical responsibility to its community? How can churches be more responsible disciples in their local and global settings? How can churches navigate the complexities of race, socio-economics, culture, and community histories to fulfill our mission of transforming the world for the sake of Jesus Christ? Join us as pastors and students come together to wrestle with these questions, alongside four experts in missions and outreach. Conference participants include: Bishop Hope Morgan WardBishop, North Carolina Annual Conference, President of the General Board of Global Ministries. Bishop Ward has been involved in missions throughout the United Methodist church, in rural and urban settings, as well as presiding over the church’s response to major natural disasters in her episcopal areas. Bishop Peter WitbooiBishop, Central District of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Bishop Witbooi’s episcopal area includes Johannesburg, mining communities, agricultural areas, and informal townships. His ministry has included work in Apartheid era South Africa, and modern social issues within South Africa. Rev. Sikawu Makubalo - Rev. Makubalo began his ministry in a mining community outside of Johannesburg. Currently, he serves as the minister of a church in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, working to integrate that church congregation. He also serves as the chair of the missions and outreach committee for the Central District, working closely with Bishop Witbooi. He has a passion for reconciliation, building sustainable community partnerships, and working with impoverished areas. Rev. W. Joseph Mann - Rev. Mann retired in 2010 after 20 years as director of the Rural Church Division of the Duke Endowment. During his time at the Duke Endowment, Rev. Mann helped strengthen the rural church in North Carolina, and pioneered the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, which funds seminary education for clergy committed to serving the rural church. Currently, Rev. Mann teaches courses in church leadership and philanthropy at Duke Divinity You can register at: *Allen Stanton is a Rural Fellow in the Thriving Rural Communities program at Duke and has helped to develop this program.  He is a WNCC certified candidate for appointment this year.  He is also working with the Center for Reconciliation and the Student Life office at Duke Divinity School on this event.

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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