Carolina Black Clergy Leadership Retreat


Carolinas-Black-Clergy-Leadership-Retreat-2016The South Carolina Conference, in partnership with North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences, will host the Carolina Black Clergy Leadership Retreat focused on leadership development emphasizing social justice advocacy at the Kingston Plantation Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC May 23-27, 2016.  This 5-day leadership retreat’s theme is “Ubuntu:  The Beloved Community Rooted in Christ” based on John 15:12 to include passionate worship; practical and theological leadership plenary sessions; breakout sessions on advocacy, self-care, and social action; and intentional Christian fellowship.  Romal Tune, a global theologian and founder of Faith for Change (, Bishop John Wesley Yohanna of the Nigeria Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, and Rev. & Dr. Troy and Maxine Thomas of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (Louisville, Kentucky) are confirmed as a headline plenary speakers. The 5-day leadership retreat centers on the theology and praxis of “beloved community” as a leadership maxim which embodies Christian fellowship, passionate worship, theological dialogue, practical application, and self-reflection for one’s own life and ministry.  The retreat will take place at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach May 23-27, 2016. Duke Divinity School Black church scholar, Dr. J. Kameron Carter, will present a lecture centered on the work of #blacklivesmatter in the Black community through a Christological lens with responses from local and state representatives.  The lecture theme is:  “Christ’s Love in the Black Church and Her Community.” Musicians Robert McMichael and Jarvis Wilson, both of Atlanta, Georgia, will serve as the worship leaders.  In addition, breakout sessions will include a close examination of self-care, preaching and worship, social action and Christian witness.  CEUs will be offered for this leadership retreat. Registration for the event can now be found at and is for clergy—both single and married—and clergy spouses.  All denominations are welcome. Scholarships are available for seminarians only. For more information, please contact Jeffery Salley, Congregational Specialist for African American Ministries/Congregational Specialist Columbia & Hartsville Districts, at 803.786.9486, X 315. Early Registration: March 31 2016, $300.00 Regular Registration: April 1-April 30, 2016, $350.00 Late Registration: April 11-May 20, 2015, $375.00 (Price inclusive of hotel accommodations at Kingston Plantation and one communal meal.)  

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


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