Explore Opens Applications for 2015


Explore Logo 1The Office of Ministerial Services is pleased to announce a summer ministry internship for college students.  This 10-week, full time ministry experience is for college students who are exploring a vocation in ministry.  They will be mentored by a United Methodist clergy in local church in Western North Carolina.  The project seeks to prepare young people to hear God’s call to ordained ministry by placing them in the context of a ministry setting and allowing them to shadow a clergy person.  The internship will include an opportunity to experience a range of ministerial responsibilities under supervision an ordained deacon or elder who will serve as the mentor.  Together the intern and mentor will create a Ministry Covenant and will participate in regular theological reflection.  Additionally, lay members will provide hospitality and support to the intern.  The internship will begin May 18, 2015 with a training session for interns and mentors and will conclude on Sunday, July 26, 2015.  Interns will receive a $3,000 stipend for their service.  Interns should be members of a United Methodist Church or a baptized participant of a United Methodist campus ministry.  Preference will be given to students from Western North Carolina. Applications are now being accepted for interns.  A timeline and list of commitments can be found on the application.  Applications are due by email on February 20, 2015 to squeen@wnccumc.org.  Questions should be directed to Sally Queen (squeen@wnccumc.org or 704-535-2260, ext. 111). [Download Application] Read the story of Tiffany Jones who was an Explore intern in 2014

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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