Changes with the website


As of September 1st, we changed over the look of our website: You will see changes with most of our affiliated websites over the coming weeks. We have been discussing the possibilities for adopting the United Methodist Branding Toolkit as a guide for our new logo and color scheme for almost two years within the Systems & Communications Team, and the past year within the Communications Commission. This is a process that was started by United Methodist Communications over three years ago. You may have noticed that the North Carolina Conference adopted the new logo and color scheme in the past several months. This move will tie us closer to the denominational look and feel as you go to other websites across the connection. Churches and organizations can get their own set of United Methodist branded logos through UM Communications. The look of the website has adapted the same theme we used for  This new theme is flexible, more responsive to use on phones and tablets, easy to manage, and offers us some more options for using graphics and presenting pages. Links to the most used pages and resources can all be found below the slider area: News, Careers, Calendar and Media are just a simple click away. The “media” page is where you will find the regular updated features, including links to the most recent ENews, links to the most recent Conference Blog, and to the UM Connect Radio Show as well as some highlighted news and documents. There are still links to the most recent news and careers posted in the middle of the footer area.  The Facebook feed that used to be in the right hand column can be found at the bottom of the page as well. All of the same links that were on the former website can be found at the top of this website near the logo.  Icons at the top and bottom of the page can take you to our social media sites and will allow you to send a quick email to the web manager. All of the information that you found on the website before the changes is still here.  If you can’t find something, use the search box at the top of the page.

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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