Big News from the WNCC Fishin' Hole!


resourcecenter_logo_final_ol As many of you may know, beginning in January every United Methodist Church in our conference will have access to our conference resource center without a subscription fee. This is a dream come true-and an opportunity to make it easier for everyone to remember who we are. We have chosen a new name that more readily reflects our mission: Western North Carolina Conference Resource Center. (We don't want people to think we're selling fish!) Our other big news is that after serving 10 years as the Director of the Fishin' Hole, Sonja Clough, will be retiring from her position in order to spend more time at home with her husband, Rick. We are incredibly grateful to Sonja for her dedication and faithful leadership, wise counsel to those who needed guidance as to which resource to choose, and diligence in making sure that local churches received their book or curriculum when it was needed.  We will miss her kind and joyful presence and wish her the best as she now has more time to fix up her house, play with her dogs, travel, and spend time with Rick and her grandchildren. Beginning December 7, a new interim staff person will be responsible for the WNCC Resource Center-Havaleh Havelka. Sonja and Havaleh have been working together, and the transition will be as smooth as the still waters of a fishing pond on a sunny day. All reservations will be made in the same way-through our online catalog: or by phone or email. Each church in the conference will be receiving their own Patron ID in January. Do you want to know more about Havaleh? Here's the inside info: Havaleh is a Christian educator and instructional designer originally from small-town, middle-of-nowhere Ohio. She earned her BA in Christian Education at West Virginia Wesleyan College and MCE at Pfeiffer University. She has served in local ministry and has developed learning strategies for local businesses and international non-profits alike. Utterly obsessed with her American Bulldog, Pete, she spends her weekends hiking around our beautiful state and baking delicious homemade dog treats (or, at least Pete and his friends think they're delicious). She is thrilled to now serve the Western North Carolina Conference, so please feel free to reach out to her with any questions you may have about the WNCC Resource Center moving forward. You can email her at or call her at 704-535-2260 or 800-562-7929.

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
Follow Jesus. Make Disciples. Transform the World.