News You Can Use- Grants Available & Website Training


rethink churchRETHINK CHURCH OFFERS GRANTS TO LOCAL CHURCHES Rethink Church Event Grants: You may already know about these grants. They are media and marketing grants awarded to clusters of churches (3 or more working together), districts and conferences who  hold a one-day service event outside the walls of the church. These events combine church and community volunteers to create a sustainable ministry in their area. Churches interested in this type of grant can complete a quick survey here, which will let them know if they qualify for a grant and at what level. Visit for more information. New Church Start Grants: These recently restructured one-time grants to new church planters help support the early development of a new faith community. Please keep in mind that with this new grant process there will be no set funds promised and grants are not offered in any monetary form. However, individual grants could possibly include promotional marketing materials or other support.  As a first step, approved applicants will take one of our selected training courses, free of charge. [link to training courses]. Each applicant will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To get started, church planters can apply here. Visit for more information. Digital Advertising Grants: This brand-new opportunity is for local churches who want to raise awareness of their church in the community by means of digital advertising. A simple application is all it takes to get started. However, the applying church will have to have a website for the advertising to point to that has an inviting and welcoming online presence. Churches can apply for a digital advertising grant here. The page for Digital Advertising Grants is still under development. All of our grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The applications are open year round. Event Grant applications must be submitted at least 3 months prior to an event date, and New Church Start Grants must be submitted within one year of a new church being active. Also, a church can only be awarded one grant of any kind once per calendar year. UMCCHURCHES.ORG OFFERS WEBSITE TRAINING UMCom_LOGO_190x50_TRANSPARENTYour Church Website: Rethinking Your New Front Door Are you a hands-on learner? Would like to build a website? We have a deal for you! This new online course from United Methodist Communications is hands-on. No more listening to a lecture about a process or watching someone else do it – and then trying it after class. You will have access to the course for one year, so you can start training on the day you enroll or at a more convenient time! Here is what you will learn!
  • How to build a church website using WordPress software
  • How to make a plan with goals for establishing a Web ministry
  • How to identify your website’s target audience
  • How to keep a consistent brand
  • How to develop and design content for a church website
  • How to create menus and proper page structure
  • How to access resources, training and support through United Methodist Communications and its Web and Internet technology sites, forums and events
Once you start the course, you will have eight weeks to use WordPress Hosting for free. After that time, you will receive a $20 discount on WordPress Hosting. You will also have access to course materials for one year. A bargain at $89.99! No hidden costs! Interested?  Register online today!

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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