GC2016 May 12- UPDATE


[caption id="attachment_5785" align="aligncenter" width="640"]BpPalmer Bishop Gregory V. Palmer delivers the episcopal address during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS[/caption] Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 2- Transfiguration - Disfiguration | Jeremy Troxler Cruciform | Shelly Webb See yesterday’s delegate update at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates See earlier DCA’s at General Conference News Other News [caption id="attachment_5787" align="alignright" width="300"]Randy Wall in Portland. Photo by Rebekah Shuford Ralph. Randy Wall in Portland. Photo by Rebekah Shuford Ralph.[/caption]

On Tuesday afternoon, May 10, 2016, at the national United Methodist Rural Advocates' (UMRA) Banquet at the 2016 General Conference, Randy Wall was elected and installed as the new President of UMRA.  The United Methodist Rural Advocates is a national organization within the United Methodist Church that is a voice for rural, town and country churches and the ministries and outreach they are doing that often go unnoticed.  Randy will begin serving as president in January 2017.

Elected on Wednesday to the Inter-Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy: Jennifer Pharr Davis,  Kimberly Tyree Ingram from Western North Carolina Conference

Elected to Positions with Legislative Committees: Kim Ingram- Higher Education

Bishop’s Address- May 11, 2016- Bishop Gregory Palmer (video) (audio)

Audio Stories from GC2016

Selected News Stories:

UM News Service-GC2016

UM News Service Photos

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Links to important 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.


  • Resources
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