First Responder Recognition Day Set for September 11th


UMM-logo_300Please join us in the 2016 Strength for Service Initiative by helping to provide 100,000 SFS devotional books to members of our military and first responders as we mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Strength for Service to God and Country devotionals provide a daily reminder of God’s presence to law enforcement, fire fighters and EMS personnel, those unsung heroes of our local communities who place their lives at risk on every call. Strength for Service for God and Country devotionals provide a daily dose of spiritual insights to members of our military and wounded warriors. WNC Conference United Methodist Men have designated Sunday, September 11, 2016 as “First Responder Recognition Day”. Each church is encouraged to invite first responders in uniform to church that day and honor their selfless service with a copy of the devotional. Alternately, a visit to a local fire or police station may be made to recognize these heroes. The deadline for ordering the Strength For Service devotional books at the 35% discount and free shipping has been extended from May 1 to June 15. More information is at Strength For Service, Inc. | To God And Community. For more information, contact your local United Methodist Men.

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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