United Methodist pastor/politician in North Carolina


largecleaverCongressman Emanuel Cleaver from the 5th District of Missouri was in North Carolina helping to get out the vote this week. Cleaver is an ordained United Methodist clergy from the Missouri Conference.  He served as pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, MO from 1972-2009. During his time as pastor of that church, he was elected to the city council of Kansas City, and was later elected as the first African American mayor of the city, serving two terms from 1991-1999. He was first elected to the House of Representatives from President Harry Truman's home district in 2004, and has served 12 years.  He is running for re-election in 2016. Cleaver was in Durham, NC helping to get out the vote in the state. The interview below captured him speaking about his life in faith and politics and the influences of other pastors, Ralph David Abernathy, Joseph Lowery and and James Lawson. He also discussed the importance of voting as citizens of the United States and being involved in the political sphere as Christians. And, he spoke about the historic nature of a life-long United Methodist woman having a 50% chance of being elected President. Listen to "Interview with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver" on Spreaker.

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.


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