WNCC Delegation Prepares for General Conference


DozierDelegates from the Western North Carolina Conference to the 2016 General Conference met on Saturday, April 9 at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia. This was the final meeting of the group prior to the May 10-20 meeting in Portland. Our delegation of 10 lay and 10 clergy will meet with the 864 delegates from across the world for 10 days for worship, business and discernment for the denomination. [Check out this guide to General Conference from United Methodist Communications] At the meeting on Saturday, they heard reports from Hank Dozier, a lay delegate from Charlotte, who spoke about legislation affecting United Methodist Men. Lynn Gilbert, a lay delegate from Greensboro, reported about legislation that was being brought forward by United Methodist Women. HowellThe delegation also heard from Dr. James Howell, pastor of Myers Park UMC in Charlotte, who is the conference nominee for bishop at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July. [Check out the nominees for bishop provided by the Southeastern Jurisdiction] Prior to adjournment, the delegation spent time discussing logistics, travel hints and reminders, and basic preparation for the meeting. The delegation continues to seek the prayers and support of the Western North Carolina Conference as it prepares to represent the conference in Portland. group[Prayer Resources for May 1 provided by the Western North Carolina Conference] More Resources about General Conference  

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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