Honor a Phenomenal Woman, Nonprofit Organization or Business!


Phenomenal-Woman-ConceptHere’s your opportunity to recognize phenomenal women, nonprofit organizations and businesses by nominating them for one of the “Phenomenal Woman: That’s Me” awards. These awards will be presented at Scarritt Bennett Center’s first annual “Phenomenal Woman: That’s Me” gala on April 7, 2016. In honor of our core values, Scarritt Bennett Center is looking for breadth of nominations as we seek to identify women, organizations and businesses who are deserving of recognition. In keeping with Scarritt Bennett Center’s commitment to diversity, we are particularly interested in nominees that reflect diversity of education, training, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, physical ability, cultural background, employment status, and/or professional settings. Learn more about our mission and our core values. Awards Categories The Maya Angelou Visionary Award is given to a woman who exhibits the characteristics of Maya Angelou and the core values of Scarritt Bennett Center. She is a leader in social justice and a voice in American culture for the marginalized and oppressed. She promotes activism on behalf of all who face injustice in their daily lives. Through her ongoing efforts, there has been significant movement toward reform for the marginalized and disadvantaged in the United States. The Phenomenal Woman Award is given to a woman residing in the Nashville community who exhibits the characteristics of Maya Angelou and the core values of Scarritt Bennett Center. She has worked to empower women in the community, and she seeks to challenge the societal assumptions regarding race and ethnicity that lead to injustice and inequality. She lives out the understanding that tending to the soul buoys both individual and communal renewal. The Renaissance Award is given to the nonprofit organization that demonstrates the characteristics of Maya Angelou and the core values of Scarritt Bennett Center. This organization is an exemplar in the promotion of women, as evidenced by institutional efforts and the employment of women in key leadership positions. The organization is a leader in social justice and is respected in the Nashville community. Both within its walls and in relation to those it serves, the organization works toward the equitable treatment of all. The Pioneering Woman Award is given to the business that demonstrates the characteristics of Maya Angelou and the core values of Scarritt Bennett Center. This organization has a proven track record for addressing issues of injustice and inequity in the Nashville community. It has corporate policies that seek to advance women and ethnic minorities by providing space for cultural expression and a place at the table where all are included and affirmed. The organization is visible in the Nashville community and provides education to empower people to be progressive catalysts in our city. The Still I Rise Achievement Award is awarded to a female high school senior who exemplifies the spirit of Maya Angelou and the core values of Scarritt Bennett Center. She is a person of hospitality, one who takes the extra step of kindness within her means to encourage the marginalized. This young woman demonstrates a spirit of service through on-going volunteerism and work with nonprofit organizations. The woman chosen for this award gives voice to those who do not have a voice and has been involved in activism for the creation of a more just community and world. Awardee will receive a $1,000 scholarship. More Information and Online Nomination Form

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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