Leadership Development Team Awards Nearly $50,000 in Grants


LEAD-Logo350Charged with re-investing local church apportionment dollars into leadership development in the WNCC, the Leadership Development Team has awarded several innovative providers the funds to offer their programs at an affordable cost to the clergy and ministry professionals of this Conference.   Check out these providers and the opportunities they are presenting:
  • School of the Spirit – a one year school of Spiritual Formation led by Ann Starrette, Director of Spiritual Formation, Davidson UMC
  • Pastoral Leadership Consultation Group – an experiential learning emphasizing conflict management & congregational system leadership led by Mark Larson of the Methodist Counseling & Consultation Services
  • Creating a Culture of Renewal – a comprehensive approach to self-awareness leadership and ministry. Master the vital interplay between group dynamics, congregational culture and communication led by Rebekah Simon-Peter, Director of BridgeWorks
  • Leading into Change – a 2 day retreat for deacons & church staff members to learn the Multiplying Ministries curriculum taught by Brian Zehr of Intentional Impact.
  • Leadership & Personality – a 1 day conference to learn one’s personality profile and the impact of personality on leadership style and effectiveness led by John Crane of LJM Consulting Group, LLC.
  • Children’s Ministry Cohort – a covenantal learning group for Children’s Ministers sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, Caroline Wood
  • Creative Conflict Management Tools – a 6 month course on leading and dealing with conflict effectively; Patricia K. Suggs
For more information about these programs which are being underwritten by churches’ generous giving, please contact the providers directly or contact Kim Ingram at kingram@wnccumc.org.

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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