SPIRITUS 2016 Sets Dates and Locations


SpiritusThe SPIRITUS 2016 Design team is excited to announce our dates and locations for SPIRITUS 2016. We will again have two great weekends of SPIRITUS and our hope is that each experience will bring youth of the WNCC and beyond closer to each other and to God. This year our first weekend of SPIRITUS will be Thursday, August 4th - August 7th at Epworth by the Sea on St Simon Island in Georgia. This location has so much to offer our event including great facilities for lodging, meals and missions. For this weekend each group that attends will have a full day of off site missions at local organizations or groups will be able to build camaraderie and teamwork on the low or high ropes course. In addition to these exciting options we will also enjoy times of worship and celebration of all that is SPIRITUS. The following weekend, August 12th - August 14th SPIRITUS will experience another great weekend at Fort Caswell on Oak Island, NC. During this weekend we will experience worship, mission and recreation. Registration for SPIRITUS 2016 will begin in April with Super Early Bird Registration like 2015. We will be offering online registration for 2016. The cost of the First weekend is $198 per person and the Second weekend  is $160. We are very excited roll this exciting news out to you and to the conference. We have so much in store for SPIRITUS 2016 so keep up to date by watching our news feed on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter by following us "spirituswnc" or by going to our website www.spirit-us.com.

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.