Local initiative grants available


councilOfBishopsThe Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships will award three Local Initiative Grants to groups within annual conferences enacting special projects with the goal of strengthening ecumenical and/or interreligious relationships. Such projects may include building networks on a local level, among specific groups, for example young adults, and online through social media. Each grant is in the amount of $1,000. The deadline to apply is September 16, 2016. Recipients will be announced by November 18, 2016. Preference for Local Initiative Grants will be given to groups elected to lead in Christian unity and interreligious relationships. Past recipients include the Interfaith Mission Service, First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Southern Philippines Methodist Colleges Incorporated and Detroit Annual Conference CUIR with projects ranging from ecumenical racial reconciliation, interfaith worship exchanges, ecumenical curricula and certificate program in ecumenism. The 2017 Local Initiatives Grants are designed to fulfill the Council of Bishops' focus on developing ecumenical and interreligious ministry within annual conferences. These grants offer a unique opportunity for local conference groups actively leading ecumenical or interreligious programs to expand their efforts. Is your organization creating ecumenical and interreligious ministries in a local context? Apply today! For more information about the Local Initiative Grant, past grantees, and to download the 2017 application, visit: http://www.ocuir.org/local_initiatives_grants/

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.


  • Resources
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