Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? AC2015 The website for all things pertaining to the 2015 Annual Conference is launched and the first information for the annual meeting has been posted:
SPECIAL NOTES: Events Added Recent News Careers Added CONNECT Connect350CONNECT- Connecting United Methodists and their stories

Sarah Howell was interviewed for Episode 2 on January 14th Last week: 1/7- Bishop Goodpaster

Conference Blog Conference Blog 2.0 - this week’s post by Burt Williams- Redeeming the Devil’s Book! Three Ways to Extend Our News Reach Nearly every news story that is posted on the website is also posted on our social media sites- Facebook and Twitter.  Here are three ways you can help us extend our reach:
  1. Share these posts on social media with your friends and local church by using the “share” link at the bottom of the post (or Retweet on Twitter)
  2. Encourage your friends and church members to “Like” our Facebook page and to “Follow” us on Twitter. This will give them access to our news feed, and they in turn can share information with others very easily.
  3. Anytime you go to the full news article, calendar event, or career listing on our website, there are share buttons at the bottom to easily share with others—not only through Facebook, Twitter or Email, but dozens of possibilities.

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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