United Methodist Churches Invited To Explore Crisis Communications


After the tragedy in Charleston and shootings in other public places, Faith Communicators will explore how best to communicate in a crisis. The Charlotte-based networking group begins a new season of free monthly programs at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church, 2001 Selwyn Avenue. Liz Chandler and David Coburn of Luquire George Andrews will lead a discussion on how houses of worship and other nonprofits can handle a crisis or other unexpected event – sharing information quickly and accurately with the congregation, community and media. Who should speak for a house of worship? What platform – social media, e-blast or some combination – is most effective at reaching people quickly and widely? These and other challenges will be considered. There is no registration, just come. LGA is an advertising, digital and public relations agency in Charlotte. AT LGA, Coburn and Chandler, have worked together to guide clients through crisis situations. Faith Communicators meets at 10 a.m. the fourth Friday of each month at the Cornwell Center. Its hour-long meetings are free and open to all who work in communications, marketing, social media, graphic design, development and administration for houses of worship and other nonprofits. A light breakfast is served, and the group always leaves time for informal conversation and networking. Director of Communications Ken Garfield of Myers Park United Methodist Church helps lead the group. To learn more, reach him at (704) 295-4819 or ken@mpumc.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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