Explore taking applications for 2017


The Explore Summer Internship exists to help young adults (18-25 years old) discern their call to vocational ministry by providing an environment for exploring their gifts and giving the intern opportunities to explore particular aspects of ministry and/or program development in a safe and encouraging environment. The internship is meant to be a hands-on experience in a church setting or a church affiliated organization. The interns should engage in a broad range of ministerial work and/or program development then reflect on their experiences. Interns are not meant to fill a certain hole in the ministerial staff (youth ministry or children’s ministry, for instance). Rather, they are to be given opportunities to experience the full breadth of pastoral ministry; to dream, vision, implement -- to learn by doing as well as by observing and discussing. The Intern Application, Selection & Assignment Process Candidates for the Explore Internship Program are selected based on their written application. After selecting the interns, the Explore Internship selection committee places them based on ministry setting preference, previous experience, the makeup and setting of the host congregation and the prayer/discernment of the selection team. This team does its best to make pairings that will be beneficial and life-giving to the intern, the mentor and host congregation/organization. Internship Schedule Monday, May 22: Interns/Mentor Orientation from 10:00-2:00. Location TBD Sunday, May 28: First Sunday of Internship Thursday, June 8: Reflection Group from 10:00-2:00. Location to TBD Thursday, June 22- Sunday, June 25: Attend Annual Conference (Housing will be provided for this time) Thursday, July 6: Reflection Group from 10:00-2:00. Location to TBD Saturday, July 29: Explore Intern Celebration. Location and time TBD Sunday, July 30:  Last Sunday of Internship ***The Intern is expected to begin and end on the dates listed above and is expected to serve in the location she/he is assigned for the duration of the 10 weeks. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, interns will not be excused to participate in mission trips with other groups, take vacation, etc. Any exceptions should be determined in conversation with the mentor and Annalee Allen. Funding for Explore Each intern will receive a $3,000 stipend, which will be paid of the 15 and 30 of each month beginning May 30 and ending July 30 through the WNC Conference.  A payroll packet will be completed during orientation and a blank check must be provided for direct deposit. Reimbursement for ministry related travel expenses will be provided by the Host Congregation/Organization. Housing will also be provided by Host Congregation/Organization. Application deadline line is February 13, 2017 To request more information or an application contact:  Rev. Annalee Allen at aallen@wnccumc.org DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE PAGE

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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