Upcoming Camping Ministries Events


Trail-Hike2015 Labor Day Weekend Trail Hike September 4-7

Labor Day Weekend Adult Hike ~ 3 Nights ~ 4 Days Pisgah National Forest - North of Brevard The hike begins after lunch on Friday, usually at 2 p.m. Everyone meets at a staging site and car pooling is encouraged. The hike concludes before lunch on Monday. No prior backpacking experience is required. Hikers should expect to hike several hours under loaded pack each day. Registration for Hike  Send the application form along with $10 registration fee (non-refundable) as soon as possible to: Trail Hike Registrar 1300 Maxwell Street Salisbury NC 28144 Remaining fees due two weeks before hike (see below). Make checks payable to: Trail Hike Registrar For more information, call 704.633.4514 or 336.467.0752 fjordan@wnccumc.net EVERY HIKER MUST BE WILLING TO COOPERATE IN GROUP LIVING AND TO MAKE ADEQUATE PHYSICAL PREPARATION. Experience is not a prerequisite. The committee reserves the right to select hikers to maintain balance in the groups. DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM
PKPK Retreat is Back! September 18-20 Where?  Mount Shepherd Camp and Retreat Center Who?  6th-12th Graders! A weekend retreat designed with Pastor’s Kids in mind!  Register your PK for a weekend of playing at camp, getting to know other PK’s, and exploring what’s so special about being a PK anyway!  Oh!  And they get to meet the Bishop too! Register online at the following link: https://eventbrite.com/event/17500952821/ Or Email Carroll Harris for a registration form at CHarris@wnccumc.org Calling All College and Adult Pastor’s Kids! Interested in hanging out and playing at camp for a weekend?  What about hanging out with some pretty cool Pastor’s Kids?  We need your help!  We are looking for Adult and College age Pastor’s Kids to be group leaders and volunteer staff for the Annual PK Retreat! Responsibilities are pretty easy.
  1. Play and Hang out at Camp with a group of PK’s (fish, canoe, challenge course, climbing wall, hiking, swimming… need I say more?)
  2. Participate in conversations throughout the weekend with your group. (All resources provided and conversations facilitated by our fearless leader…)
This amazing weekend of fun is happening Friday Sept 18- Sunday, Sept 20th at Mount Shepherd Camp and Retreat Center. Sound like fun?  Contact Carroll Harris at CHarris@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.