Registration for School of the Spirit is Open
School of the Spirit #7 begins May 2016
Plan NOW to journey with 20 other pastors and Christian leaders in this twelve-month spiritual formation & renewal retreat series.
Click here to learn more. http://SchooloftheSpirit.TheLydiaGroup.com
Don Carroll, retreat team member says:
“Serving as a busy pastor
with a fervent desire to preach the Word and care for the hurting, will inevitably lead us to neglect deepening our own spiritual journeys unless we have a structure in place to keep us grounded in the experience of Christ.
- For our ongoing effectiveness as a pastor (and Christian leader)
, it is precisely the continuous renewal of our own experience of Christ that is going to make us gentle, open, caring, peaceful followers of the Way. Using St. Francis' words we are then able to, 'preach the Gospel always and use words when necessary.' The School of the Spirit is designed to provide a flexible, organic structure for each participant to deepen their own spiritual journey.
- The focus of this structure
is not on the latest fad about how to stay fit, new psychological coping skills or even theology but on centuries-old practices that will renew our encounter with Christ, grounded in the vitality of a committed community to hold each participant’s journey.”
Applications requested by February 1, 2016.
To Register Online: http://www.davidsonumc.org/SOSregistration
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.