Roland Barnhardt hired as new Executive Director of Brotherhood/Sisterhood


The Western North Carolina Conference Brotherhood/Sisterhood has hired the Rev. Roland T. Barnhardt as its new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2017. He succeeds the Rev. Robert W. Combs in this position, who served from June 1999 until his retirement on June 30, 2016.  The Executive Director presents the death benefit checks to the families of deceased clergy in the Annual Conference, sends the notification of the clergy deaths and collects assessments, does publicity on behalf of the ministry, and provides administrative oversight to the ministry. Barnhardt is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School and an Elder in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference, having retired in 2012.  He served as a pastor in the local church for 40 years, distinguishing himself for his pastoral care and his compassion for others.  Barnhardt has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the WNC Conference Brotherhood/Sisterhood since 2005, serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood since July 1, 2016. “We were quite impressed with both the quantity and the quality of the applicants for this position,” says the Rev. James L. Pyatt, President of the Board of Directors of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood.  “Roland Barnhardt has done a wonderful job as our Interim Executive Director, and has brought some new and innovative ideas to the Board.  We are thrilled to have him serve as our new Executive Director.”

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


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