"Until the Whole World Hears" Activity Challenge


virgin-pulse300Until the Whole World Hears! What do you think of when you hear that phrase?  Casting Crowns?  Shouting from every corner of the world?  This year’s theme of Annual Conference for the Western North Carolina Conference?  Let’s take it one “step” further – a wellness challenge for the week prior to Annual Conference! Did you know that, based on the NC Department of Transportation, there are 697 miles of interstate highways in the 46 counties of the Western North Carolina Conference?  That is a lot of itineracy!  Many of us have travelled much of that mileage in our cars, spreading the gospel and love of Jesus Christ to our many communities in the Conference.  But…..how many of those miles can we walk in the 7 days leading up to and starting Annual Conference? Our Conference Challenge is to walk the most steps to equate to travelling that 697 miles of interstate highways covering the Western North Carolina Conference, our local world, in lifting up Jesus’ name for all to hear, singing until the whole world hears!   The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits is providing two types of rewards – individual rewards of a $50 gift card for the top 10 walkers based on number of miles logged, and a group reward for all your efforts to equal a maximum of $10 per average mile per challenge participant to be contributed to the annual conference offering for “Missional Faith Communities and Ministries in Western North Carolina”. Let’s see how far we can go as a connected group challenge for the Western North Carolina world!!  Our challenge will run from June 12 until June 18, with all information to be uploaded no later than Friday, June 19 at 8 am.  Results will be announced at the morning plenary session of Conference on the 19th. For those enrolled, watch for an email (it may be caught in the spam filter) from personal challenges @ Virgin Pulse regarding our Conference challenge!

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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