Healthy Conversations Set for February 21


ForumHealthy Conversations Sunday, February 21 3:00 - 5:00pm Mill Grove UMC (7311 Mill Grove Rd, Indian Trail, NC 28079)

Healthy Conversations Resources

Please see below for live-streaming locations The 2015 Annual Conference approved a petition which directed the Bishop to appoint a task force to collaborate with the Justice and Reconciliation Team in developing plans that "lead, model, resource, and cultivate" holy, healthy conversations across the conference.  This forum is the first planned event in which participants will have the opportunity "to listen to one another, to listen for the promptings of God's Spirit, and to discover news ways in which we can serve and be in ministry together in spite of holding  different opinions about a number of issues" (from Bishop's post-Annual Conference Reflections.) On February 21, you are invited to join others in exploring ways in which small groups can engage in healthy conversations around issues of human sexuality.  The afternoon will include:
  • A 4-person demonstration of a Healthy Conversation around Human Sexuality
  • A presentation on guidelines and best practices for healthy conversations
  • An opportunity for small groups at each location to engage in a healthy conversation
  • A discussion of next steps and closing worship with communion.
Because the Healthy Conversation Task Force believes that the most effective conversations around the issue of human sexuality and other important topics happen in small groups where persons have the opportunity to build trust with one another, resources for small group studies will be made available on the conference website for follow-up conversation and study after the event. To encourage as much participation as possible, this forum will be live-streamed to locations in each district: District Live-Streaming Locations Appalachian Millers Creek UMC (3260 North Hwy 16 Millers Creek, NC 28651) Blue Ridge Skyland UMC (1984 Hendersonville Rd Asheville, NC 28803) Catawba Valley First UMC, Gastonia (190 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052) Metro Mill Grove UMC (7311 Mill Grove Rd, Indian Trail, NC 28079) Northern Piedmont Rehobeth UMC (4475 Rehobeth Church Rd., Greensboro, NC 27406) Smoky Mountain The Foundation for Evangelism (125 N Lakeshore Dr., Lake Junaluska, NC 28745) Uwharrie Pfeiffer University (48380 US-52, Misenheimer, NC 28109) Yadkin Valley Main Street UMC, Kernersville (306 South Main Street Kernersville, NC 27284)
Healthy Conversations Resources  

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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