South Carolina Flooding Deployment Information


Disaster-ResponseFrom the WNCC Disaster Response Team: We have just been informed that the South Carolina Conference Disaster Response ministry has invited ERT's from North Carolina ONLY to deploy to the flooded disaster zone. If you wish to deploy, you MUST contact your District Disaster Response Coordinator- contact info at - and let him/her know of your availability. Please pay close attention to the following details:
  1. Prepare to be on site no longer than 3-4 days.
  2. You must be totally self sufficient, the SC Conference will arrange for you to stay at a local UMC church, however you must provide your own bedding, personal items, towels, food, tools, transportation, and money for any supplies needed.
  3. You MUST have a current ERT badge.
  4. Do not take any items to be donated unless specifically asked to do so, such as bottled water, clothing, food, flood buckets, etc.
  5. Take photos, but ask permission first before taking photos of disaster survivors. Do not post to FaceBook or other social media. Respect the privacy of the survivors.
  6. Be willing to listen to the stories of the survivors. Many of them just need a listening ear to be able to process this horrific event.
  7. Ask your church to donate to UMCOR US Disaster Response Advance #901670 as a way of participating in the recovery effort.
  8. Check your immunization record, preferable that you have had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years.
  9. Things to take with you- black trash bags, rakes, shovels, gloves, face masks, first aid kit, hand sanitizer, brooms,hammers, pry bars, generator (if you have one), lights to illuminate homes without power, drop cords, a bible signed by all team members to give to the homeowner(s).
  10. Above all, be safe, don't take any chances, don't try to be a hero.

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


  • Resources
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