New Staff Changes and Directions Announced
Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet announced several changes in the conference staff, including new positions and new directions for our shared mission.
“We continue to move toward resourcing and supporting local churches in alignment with our core purpose which is to increase the number of vital churches fully engaged in God’s mission in the world,” explained Bishop Goodpaster.
John Boggs will be appointed to serve as the Conference Director of Vital Discipleship. As we have listened to and responded to local churches, we have recognized the need for an intentional focus on disciple-making systems. This newly created position will design and develop processes that will assist local churches in cultivating deeply committed and transformed disciples. Working collaboratively with local churches, superintendents, and other conference leaders, John will give leadership and guidance in discovering fresh expressions of faithful discipleship.
Working alongside John will be our team of Church Vitality Strategists who have already been deployed across our conferences providing support and encouragement to both lay and clergy leaders in our local churches. We have recognized the effectiveness of the work of our CVS team and believe the time has come to extend their influence. Starting July 1, we will move from having only four Strategists to a team of eight, with each CVS assigned to one district. Those appointments and assignments are:
Appalachian District – Tim Roberts
Blue Ridge District – Luke Lingle
Catawba Valley District – Kim Shockley
Metro District – Stephanie Hand
Northern Piedmont District – Maria King
Smoky Mountain District – Sherrie Schork
Uwharrie District – Carroll Harris
Yadkin Valley District – Rene Wilt
The Vitality Project
In a new venture, in partnership with our United Methodist Foundation and The Duke Endowment (TDE), we are launching The Vitality Project intended to help the conference and particularly our local churches think about and plan for the future. The focus of this project will be to find new ways of doing and being church and to move congregations toward thriving in the twenty-first century. This project is fully funded for the next five years through a major grant from The Duke Endowment for which we are immensely grateful.
Lyn Sorrells will be appointed to serve as the first Team Leader for The Vitality Project and will be working across the conference with local church leaders and a wide range of stakeholders. Angela Hollar will be appointed to serve as the first Team Associate. In collaboration with the Cabinet, the Director of Vital Discipleship, the CVS team, and congregations, Lyn and Angela will be deployed across the conference to initiate this new ministry initiative. They will also be assisted and supported in their work by staff from The Duke Endowment, our UM Foundation, and others focused on data gathering and analysis.
Bishop Goodpaster remarked, “I am excited about the prospects and potential of The Vitality Project and believe that in the years to come it will have a significant impact on our conference and our denomination. I am deeply grateful for the many partners who have been working together to get us to this point, including our UM Foundation, the Cabinet, and The Duke Endowment. Certainly without the financial support of this multi-year grant from TDE, none of this would be possible. I cannot wait to see what God is going to do through this project in the years to come.”
Office of Ministerial Services
After four years on the conference staff, Sally Queen will be appointed to a local church in July. Annalee Allen will be appointed as the Associate Director of Ministerial Services, with primary responsibilities for Call & Vocation, Candidacy, Residency in Ordained Ministry (RIOM), and Local Pastor Mentoring.
“We are thankful for Sally’s excellent work in this position and especially for the ways in which she has helped us all to focus on God’s call to ministry in our lives. Annalee Allen will bring her passion and gifts of care, compassion, and insight to this important work. Having served as a dedicate candidacy mentor over the past several years, Annalee has exemplified what it takes to identify, clarify, and nurture another’s call into vocational ministry,” Bishop Goodpaster noted.
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
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: 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
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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 email@example.com.