FlameBuilders Accepting Applications for Class 2


FlameBuilders_LogoFlameBuilders is accepting applications for Class 2! We are excited to expand our scope to include all 8 districts of the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of the United Methodist Church. Applicants should be young adults between the ages of 21-35 who are interested in global leadership and spiritual development, and who are living or attending school in one of the 8 WNCC districts. FlameBuilders is designed to help participants learn more about their unique gifts, strengths, and talents, equipping them to fulfill God’s specific call on their lives through their churches and communities. This nine-month institute will begin in September 2015, and will meet 1 weekend per month in various locations of western North Carolina. We are seeking a diverse group of passionate young adults who desire personal, professional, and spiritual growth. The 18 graduates of Class 1 will be available at various points throughout the program to welcome the new class and share insights about their experience. The deadline to apply is June 30, and final decisions will be made by July 31. Please visit the FlameBuilders website to apply: www.flamebuilders.org. Contact Program Director Cindy Thompson at cthompson@boundlessimpact.org or 336.209.1570 for more information.

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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