Carolina Pounds to Victory in Food Drive


[metaslider id=4852] Just hours after the NFC Championship game on Sunday, January 24, the Carolinas were challenged by Rev. Brad Laurvick of Highlands UMC in Denver to collect food for the hungry. #UnitedMethodistsKeepPounding(3)Churches in the Western North Carolina Conference began responding quickly to the #UnitedMethodistsKeepPounding food drive, and by Wednesday of that week, 87 churches had officially signed on.  By Thursday, January 4, there were over 160 churches and organizations that had taken the challenge and sent emails to the official address.  By Superbowl Sunday, the response was overwhelming, and 279 churches, groups and businesses had responded with donations of food and cash. The total number of food items collected by the Western North Carolina Conference during the food drive was 584,410 along with 45,000 pounds of potatoes given by the Society of St. Andrew to the cause. The North Carolina Conference collected 52,481 items from 75 churches and organizations, along with 132,000 pounds of potatoes from two gleaning events. Between the two conferences, we collected a total of 636,891 items and 177,000 pounds of potatoes. The challengers from Denver collected 360,664 items during the same time period from over 140 sites in Colorado and several western states. The Western North Carolina Conference wishes to thank the many churches, the Boy Scouts who contributed greatly to the effort, the many businesses organizations, and a host of individuals that were a part of the challenge. Rev. Amy Coles, Assistant to Bishop Goodpaster, has been instrumental in working with pastors and organizers during this challenge. She reflected on the experience, “This food drive exemplifies our connectional system as United Methodists at its best. It's been incredible to see how many churches, community groups, businesses, and individuals have participated.  The generosity of all who donated food is inspiring.  Together, we've made a positive difference in the food insecurity of our neighbors.  My prayer is that this effort is just the beginning of the ways that we might unite our efforts in addressing the needs of our communities and the world.”

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:

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