The Potter’s Touch Focuses on Spiritual Direction


potterstouchlogoThe Potter's Touch Board recently made a transition in the services offered to churches in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain Districts. Potter's Touch is now a Network of Spiritual Directors. The objective is to encourage and support clergy and laity in the tending of their spiritual lives in order to become more effective as leaders. Clergy and laity are encouraged to consider the ancient practice of Spiritual Direction—reflecting on one’s life of prayer, one’s longing for God, and speaking of it to another person of faith in a sacred space. Spiritual direction is not counseling or therapy. It is the practice of holy conversation and listening in order to discern God’s presence and leading in one’s life.  Having a spiritual director helps one to listen more faithfully, discern more carefully, and respond more freely to the invitation of God in all aspects of daily life. The Potter’s Touch Board recently added additional providers of spiritual direction in order to give options for selecting individual and/or group spiritual direction. The Potter’s Touch web-site offers provider information detailing services offered as well as biographical and contact information. For those with financial need, stipends are available to help defray the cost of individual or group spiritual direction. To learn more go to The Board is excited about this shift in services and trusts that as clergy and laity focus on God’s leading in their lives, they will be strengthened in following Jesus, making disciples, and transforming lives and communities. Should you have any questions, please contact your district office.

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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