A Call to Action for All Men



A Statement from the Executive Board of the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Men

Recent world and national events and the 2016 political season have raised concerns that can no longer be ignored. The coarsening of civil society, the objectification of women, the racial divisions, the hateful rhetoric have increased to a point that is no longer tolerable. The Church and society are divided over issues of homosexuality, gender equality and racial disharmony. Violence has erupted in some cities where there is fear and mistrust between segments of the community and law enforcement. We must speak out! As men, we declare that these ills have simmered in the underbelly of society for far too long and can no longer be tolerated. We can no longer be silent while domestic abuse rules many families; We can no longer be silent when women are treated as less than equals; We can no longer be silent while racial inequality continues to be an acceptable practice and attitude; We can no longer remain silent while the Church fails in its mission of unconditional love, redeeming grace and ministry to the last and the least. The time is long past due for real men to stand up and speak out. We are the leaders of families, churches and communities, commanded to be positive male role models, to move the Kingdom of God forward to a new day of peace and reconciliation. Therefore, we, the Executive Board of United Methodist Men of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, recommit ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ to the ideals of Christian servanthood, equality and unconditional love. We call on all men to stand united against the sins pervasive in our society, reject the call of those who would divide us, and recommit ourselves to show the evidence of God’s saving grace and forgiveness in our personal lives. We can no longer remain silent and will shout it from the rooftops and in the highways and byways that men must step up and take a stand. We can no longer tolerate inequality and intolerance, for we are real men. Revised 11/2/2016  

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.


  • Resources
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