Leadership Summit fosters broad conversations


[caption id="attachment_7868" align="alignright" width="224"]leadership-summit-1 Glenn Kinken presenting for the Council on Finance and Administration[/caption] Five major leadership groups of the Western North Carolina Conference met for a Leadership Summit on Saturday, November 19th at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, NC. The five groups included clergy and lay leaders from all eight districts that represented these major groups within the conference: Board of laity, Connectional Table, Board of Ordained Ministry, the Extended Cabinet, and the Council on Financial Administration. The gathering was designed to give each leadership group time to share their contribution to the mission and ministry of the annual conference, as well as purpose, relationship to other leadership teams, primary responsibilities, and membership.  The presentations from each group increased dialogue and communication among all the participants offering more effective and coordinated work on behalf of the whole conference. After a time of worship, Bishop Paul Leeland began the morning session sharing the basic responsibilities of a bishop, offering impressions of where he sees God’s Presence in our ministry, and where he recognizes continuing challenges within our Western North Carolina Conference.  This led to presentations from these five conference ministry teams:

Rev. Glenn Kinken- Council on Finance and Administration

Caroline Wood- Connectional Table

Sue Jones- Board of Laity

Rev. Donald Jenkins- Board of Ordained Ministry

Rev. Amy Coles- Extended Cabinet

[caption id="attachment_7869" align="alignright" width="300"]Amy Coles and David Snipes working on afternoon session Amy Coles and David Snipes working on afternoon session[/caption] After the presentations, all were invited to reflect on 1) “What did you hear in terms of how each group contributes to the ministry of our annual conference?” and 2) “What might we offer each other in order to contribute more to the ministry of our churches and conference?” This time of collaboration and learning was concluded by affirming the importance of each committee or board working in synchronicity and timing with other conference teams to strengthen the ministry of the entire annual conference.   See the Full Album from the Leadership Summit

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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