Project Agape Director to Itinerate in WNCC


Nara-MelkonyanProject AGAPE’s Country Director Nara Melkonyan will itinerate in the Western North Carolina Conference mid-May until Annual Conference in mid-June. Churches are invited to schedule Nara for presentations on Project AGAPE Sunday School, worship, youth, mission or any other group that would be interested in learning more about this joint mission project with the Armenian Apostolic Church in Armenia. If you wish to schedule Nara, please contact the coordinator for your section of the conference. Churches new to Project AGAPE are especially encouraged to invite Nara. Below is a listing of the dates and coordinators:
  • May 12 – 18 (Metro and Uwharrie Districts): Rev. Mark Barden,, 336-835-2323 or 336-466-0884
  • May 19 – 25 (Northern Piedmont and Yadkin Valley Districts): Rev. Cecil Donahue,, 336-643-7765
  • May 26 - June 3 (Appalachian and Catawba Valley Districts): Linda Erlandson,, 336-366-0112
  • June 4 – June 12 (Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain Districts): Sharon LeDuc,, 828-230-0464
The North Carolina Conference and the Western North Carolina Conference partnered with the Armenian Apostolic Church in forming Project AGAPE in 1994 to provide relief following a devastating earthquake and the collapse of their economy after the Soviet Union dissolved. Currently, Project AGAPE is the only humanitarian aid organization at work in Nagorno-Karabagh providing support for food, clothing, medicine and more. Having Nara share with your congregation is an effective way to show how outreach ministry from the Western North Carolina Conference is making a significant impact in the world.

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

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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


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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


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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


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