FlameBuilders Launches Class 2
In 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
For additional information, please contact Program Director Cindy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.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
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: 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
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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 email@example.com.