Disaster Response update


Click for the latest Disaster Response information September 1, 2016 The Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church is requesting assistance from early response teams from outside their Conference. Early response Team leaders may register their team at the Louisiana Conference website: http://www.la-umc.org/. For early response teams wishing to assist in West Virgina, the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church is asking early response team leaders to fill out their volunteer team form which may be found at: http://wvumc.org/About/Ministries/Disaster-Response The Western North Carolina Conference Mission Response Center, (MRC) in Terrell, NC is a part of the UMCOR Depot system. Over the last few weeks, MRC Terrell has sent over 500 cleaning buckets to West Virginia to assist in their flood disaster and over 1300 cleaning buckets have been sent to South Louisiana. At this time the Mission Response Center is not requesting any more cleaning buckets because of their current and anticipated inventory however the MRC does welcome work teams. To volunteer please contact: Dwaine Morgan, 828.478.2106, to schedule a time.   Grace and Peace, Ken Anderson Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM Coordinator Cell phone (828) 260-3724

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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