Barnabas Weekend is April 15-17


barnabusJoin in a weekend at Camp Tekoa designed for those with developmental disabilities. A group of clergy friends and dedicated church volunteers are planning a weekend event for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Camp Tekoa for April 15-17th.  The cost of the event for campers is $10, and for volunteers $30 ($60 for families who volunteer together). Barnabas is known for showing great kindness to Saul (apostle Paul) and his Hebrew name translates to “son of encouragement.” The hope is to extend such encouragement and kindness to Barnabas campers as they encourage us. Campers enjoy activities such as boating, hiking, zipline, arts & crafts, devotions and talent show performances. Each camper is partnered with a special friend who remains by their side throughout the week offering encouragement and care for eating,sleeping and all the fun in between. Barnabas campers should be ambulatory and must be able to feed, bathe, and clothe themselves. Sure to be a weekend of fun and learning, for campers and volunteers, Camp Barnabas is all about spending time together, making new friendships, and learning about God's love by sharing it with each other!  Information about the weekend plus downloadable and printable flyers and registration forms are available at: 

Registrations for campers or volunteers can be mailed in or submitted online.  The event is limited to the first 50 campers and first 80 volunteers. Financial support is gratefully accepted from individuals, churches, church groups, or businesses to help make this camp an annual event that can grow!  Youth groups and families are invited to volunteer together. Please contact Jennifer Bingham Hampton - or Carrilea Potter - if you would like to bring a youth group or have questions about family volunteers or other questions about how you can support Camp Barnabas!

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