Young People in Mission Taking Reservations Now


YPM Logo-smYoung People in Mission, a camp experience with hands-on mission opportunities for youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 24, will be held June 28-July 2, 2015 at Lake Junaluska. Our hope is that this event will serve as a launching pad that will empower and equip them to serve with a new eyes and a heart for mission service. Rev. Jack Hinnen, Chaplain of Birmingham-Southern College, will be leading the daily Bible Study sessions this year. We can't think of anyone better to help these youth and young adult participants uncover their unique gifts and talents as it pertains to missions. Other speakers include James Salley of Africa University's Development Office, Joe Woolsey, student pastor at Galloway UMC in Jackson, MS, and Laura Kigweba, Wesley Theological Seminary student, former UMVIM intern, and YPIM veteran. YPIM is an incredibly connectional event; our workshops and the City of Opportunity bring together representatives from UMC General Boards and Agencies, as well as leaders from a variety of mission projects, and allows participants to connect with the numerous ways they can engage in Methodist missions. This of course wouldn’t be a mission event if participants were not given the chance to engage in a service opportunity. A full day and an afternoon are available to serve with projects in the area. Our Design Team, made up 7 students from across the Jurisdiction, have been meeting and working together since last summer to ensure that this event is as amazing as ever. You absolutely don't want to miss this opportunity for your students to connect with their peers across the Southeast, as well as leaders within our denomination. Registration is now open on the UMVIM, SEJ website! All costs except transportation are covered in the $324 registration fee (if registered by May 15). Please contact UMVIM, SEJ or visit our website for more information. See you there!

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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