Registration is Open for Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska


widom-and-graceALAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C.- Adults in the second half of life are invited to attend the Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska, Aug. 1-4, 2016. The conference will provide renewal and inspiration through worship, Bible studies, workshops, professional training and fellowship. Dr. Tony Campolo, Dr. Mickey Efird and Dr. James H. Pace will lead the conference. This year’s theme is “come to the water,” in reference to a Bible verse from the book of Isaiah: “Come, you who are thirsty, come to the waters…you will go out in joy and be led forth in peace.” Isaiah 55: 1,12 wisdom-and-graceBWorkshop topics include Laughter Yoga, Reminiscence & Resiliency and Retirement as Re-invention. A professional track for those working in ministry full-time, part-time, or exploring older adult ministry as a vocation will focus on wisdom, grace and aging. Continuing education credit is available for the professional track. The beautiful grounds of Lake Junaluska enhance the theme. Attendees may spend Sabbath time swimming at the pool, strolling four miles of walking trails or visiting one of many waterfalls nearby. Attendees can play an optional round of golf at the Lake Junaluska Golf Course. The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform. Three respected speakers will lead the conference. Dr. Tony Campolo, internationally recognized preacher, activist and author of more than 35 books, joins the festival as conference preacher. Dr. Mickey Efird, who has taught at Duke Divinity School for decades and thrives on making the Bible understandable for all, is the Bible study leader. Dr. James H. Pace, a recently retired professor of Hebrew history and the Old Testament at Elon University will lead the professional track workshop on wisdom, grace and aging. The event is sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association of Older Adults, a group that creates and strengthens intergenerational ministries in the Southeast. Packages include the program fee, lodging and meals. Attendees will stay in one of two hotels located at Lake Junaluska – The Terrace or the Lambuth Inn. Registration is now open! To register, or for more information about the Festival of Wisdom and Grace, call 800-222-4930, email or visit

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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


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