United Methodist Men create endowment fund


In partnership with the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, the United Methodist Men have created an endowment fund that insures the financial viability of the conference United Methodist Men ministry. The United Methodist Men encourages everyone to have an estate plan, that is, a will or other written document to designate the distribution and/or management of one's estate in the event of death, disability or serious illness. They ask that all of their members prayerfully consider remembering the conference United Methodist Men in their estate plan, however great or small that bequest might be. All such bequests, while the donor is living or not, are treated as tax deductible to the donor. Bequests may be in cash, various investment vehicles, real estate, a vehicle, or any other asset of value. Donations may be made while the donor is living and/or upon the death of the member. Since this can be a complex transaction, all questions and requests for information should be directed to Mr. Christian Burns at the Foundation. He may be reached via email at cburns@umfwnc.org or by phone at 888/450-1956, ext. 1507. A workshop and display regarding the endowment fund will be presented at the annual conference UMM rally in April, 2017 to be hosted at The Children's Home in Winston-Salem. Meanwhile, they ask that you prayerfully discuss this opportunity to insure the future of men's ministry with your family and financial adviser. Feel free to have them contact Christian Burns at the Foundation for more information.

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.


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