Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday is February 21


The Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference exists as a means for the clergy and laity of the WNC Annual Conference to be in ministry to the families of clergy in the annual conference in a time of great need—the death of other clergy. We exist to provide the Annual Conference with the opportunity to provide tangible support to the families of our deceased clergy in their time of loss and to express our solidarity with them. Upon receiving word of the death, a check in the amount of $9,500 is immediately given to the surviving spouse or other designee. This provides immediate financial assistance to the family of the deceased clergy member, at the same time expressing love and appreciation for their ministry and service. The third Sunday in February has traditionally been observed as Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday.  The Board of Directors of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood encourages every local church in the Annual Conference to observe Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday on this day, or on another Sunday in February that is convenient for your congregation. Further information about the ministry of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood can be found at Bulletin inserts for Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday can be downloaded here If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 704.825.1333.  

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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