Jesus: Our Resurrected Sabbath- Lenten Resource


blessed earthJesus: Our Resurrected Sabbath a Lenten Guide from Blessed Earth
Dear clergy and lay leaders, Many Christians think of Lent as a time to give up something and thereby honor the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  This year, we invite you to embrace a new habit:  holy rest.  Yes, Sabbath involves sacrifice and preparation, but the rewards are life changing! Eugene Peterson once said that Sabbath is the best thing he ever did for his marriage, his children, and his relationship with God. Sabbath is woven into the very fabric of creation, yet it’s the most ignored of the Ten Commandments. What better time than Lent to re-establish the holy rhythms of work and rest? In this Lenten series package (link study), you will find suggested lectionary readings, themes, sermon outlines, audio/video links, and small group study materials—everything you need to plan a comprehensive Lenten study on Sabbath. Feel free to tailor these materials to the needs of your congregation.  Check out additional resources at our website, And let us know if we can be of help by emailing us at Every blessing, Nancy and Matthew Sleeth, MD


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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