Leadership Development Grants Awarded


LEAD-Logo350The Leadership Development Team seeks to partner with regional providers to enhance their capacity to offer effective resources to clergy and ministry leaders.  Grants are awarded to providers who offer programs and service opportunities designed to address leadership and growth needs which have been identified by clergy. The programs and services are intentional, and with grant support, offered at an affordable cost to clergy and ministry professionals of the WNCC.  Grants awarded to providers during the Fall 2015 cycle totaling nearly $50,000 are listed below:
  • Academy for Leadership Excellence – a three day North Carolina Preaching Festival in Partnership with the NCC office of Ministry Relations, ncpreachingfestival.org
  • Big Sigh Ministries – Grace Break, one day workshop for planning a renewal leave, contact Rev. Jacqueline E. Tookey, http://leadwncc.org/grace-break-workshop/
  • Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations (EQ-HR) – A week long EQ-HR workshop, Roy Oswald http://www.eqhrcenter.org/2016/01/09/hickory-nc-may-9-13-2016/
  • Davidson Centre for the Professions (Davidson Clergy Center) – a five-day clergy program of assessment, renewal and self-care specifically during times of transition, contact Gordon Jacobs, gordonjacobs@davcp.com
  • LJM Consulting Group, LLC – a one day workshop using the Workplace Big Five Profile; Personality and Ministry Effectiveness: Understanding Your Leadership Style, contact John Crane, john@theljmgroup.com
  • Ministry Development Services – Vocational Counseling and Assessment programs which nurture, counsel and assist pastors and church leaders, contact Katherine M. Hudspeth, hudspeth@presbypsych.org
  • Preaching Conference – Festival of Homiletics preaching conference for Residency in Ordained Ministry participants, contact Rev. Sally Queen, squeen@wnccumc.org
  • Willow Equine Assisted Therapy – Clergy Professional Development Seminars; EAGALA modality of group psycho-educational learning, contact Rev. Mary P. Kinken, mkinken@wnccumc.net
For more information regarding the Leadership Development Team and how to submit a Provider Application, please visit the website at http://leadwncc.org/ or contact Kim Ingram at kingram@wnccumc.org.

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.