5 Ways You Can Better Equip Vital Congregations


5 NewFrom Discipleship Ministries July 2015 Every month we send you just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s this month’s issue! Idea 1Get ideas and encouragement for growing generous disciples. If your congregation faces the challenges of growing generous disciples or is looking for funding ministries that transform lives and support mission work, subscribe to Generous Living, a free e-newsletter from Discipleship Ministries.Generous Living includes timely pieces that connect leaders to helpful tools, as well as stories that inspire members to "give until it feels good!" To subscribe, go to http://bit.ly/1UCuvbw.   Idea 2Attend training to launch new places for new people. LaunchPad, a training event resourced by New Church Starts (Path 1), helps leaders and teams learn to successfully plant new faith communities. A session in English focused on planting teams looking at a missional community will be July 27-30 in Louisville, Ky. For more information and to register, go to http://bit.ly/1CqkoRo. A session in English and Spanish will be Aug. 21-23 in Lebanon, Pa. For more information and to register, go to http://bit.ly/1IKAhTL.   Idea 3Teach your children how to help other children in the world. The United Methodist Children’s Fund for Christian Mission uses teaching activities to help children learn about missions, practice care of others, develop habits of discipleship and practice generosity. Gifts to the 2015 Children’s Fund will benefit ministries in Haiti, Honduras, Thailand, and Virginia. To learn more about the projects and activities you can use with children, go to http://bit.ly/1CqmgK0.   Idea 4Help answer daily prayer requests for people in need. Nearly 600 Living Prayer Center volunteers pray for the 800 prayer requests received each day by The Upper Room. These requests come by phone or are posted online at the new prayer wall by people in need of physical healing, burdened by stress, living with grief, and more. Working with the Living Prayer Center, an intercessory prayer ministry staffed by Christian volunteers, is a great prayer project for covenant groups or individuals. Learn more at http://prayer-center.upperroom.org.   Idea 5Help children grow in faith. New from Upper Room Books, Passing It On, provides families a suggested daily practice and a prayer for each week, along with guidance for weekly family gatherings. Author Kara Lassen Oliver also offers easy-to-follow suggestions for the seasons of Advent, Lent, summer and back to school. A leader’s guide helps parents and church groups who are studying this book together. For more information and to order, go to http://bit.ly/1ILzJNr. That’s all this month.  5 more ideas coming your way in August. P.S. – Don’t forget to check out the dozens of webinars on various church-related topics atwww.umcdiscipleship.org/webinars. Subscribe to the Monthly Newsletter More from Discipleship Ministries

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.


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