FlameBuilders Launches Class 2


Class 2In partnership with the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of the United Methodist Church, Boundless Impact, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fostering global connections in North Carolina, welcomed Class 2 of FlameBuilders during the second weekend in September. September 12 marked the first of nine monthly sessions during which the 18 young adults will learn about spiritual formation, leadership development, and global citizenship. Inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5:19 – Do not put out the Spirit’s fire – FlameBuilders was created in 2014 to address the growing number of young adults leaving their faith communities. Class 1 took place from September 2014 through May 2015, and each graduate left the program having developed a measurable plan of action (“Pathway for Impact”) to implement in his or her congregation or community. The diversity, breadth and depth of Class 1’s “Pathway for Impact” plans were awe-inspiring, causing one Senior Pastor at the graduation ceremony to comment, “FlameBuilders is the best thing the UMC has done in decades.” As Class 2 was welcomed into their FlameBuilders journey earlier this month, several Class 1 alumni were present during the day-long session held at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, as well as the evening launch banquet at O.Henry Hotel. During the banquet, Class 1 graduates offered words of encouragement to the new group of energetic and diverse young people. Like Class 1, Class 2 represents diverse ethnic, race, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds. This second class, however, reflects a wider geographic demographic, with participants hailing from all 8 districts of the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of the United Methodist Church. To meet Class 2, visit the FlameBuilders website: http://flamebuilders.org/meet-class-2/ For additional information, please contact Program Director Cindy Thompson at cthompson@boundlessimpact.org or 336.209.1570.

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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