Bishop Begins Series of Articles Prior to Annual Conference
Three years ago we embarked on a journey to refocus the energy and the resources of the Western North Carolina Conference. After months of conversation, the Annual Conference voted to move to eight districts. A Transition Team then worked for a year to bring back recommendations which we have been implementing over the last three years.
Two factors guided and influenced this transition. One factor is the conviction that the mission and vision must drive the organization and structure. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of lives, communities, and the world. We believe that we will accomplish the mission only through vital, healthy, thriving local churches, and thus our vision is to increase the number of vital churches fully engaged in God’s mission in the world. Another factor was the need to reset the financial baseline of the conference by shifting our resources from propping up the bureaucracy to supporting ministry in local communities and around the globe. How are we doing? >>>READ MORE
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.