$80,000 awarded to WNCC Seminary Students


On August 1, 2017 The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry announced that it awarded more than $1.66 million to 206 recipients of the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship to Master of Divinity students attending one of the thirteen United Methodist seminaries in the United States. Seven Candidates for Ministry in The Western North Carolina Conference received between $7,500 - $12,500 each toward their educational expenses.  These students are attending a wide variety of United Methodist seminaries:   Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Duke Divinity School, The School of Theology at Boston University and Wesley Theological Seminary.  These funds were made available through the GBHEM scholarship program and were the combined, matching gifts of the Western North Carolina Conference Ministerial Education Fund, the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, GBHEM, the United Methodist seminaries, and The Lilly Endowment. Allyson Collinsworth, Executive Director of the Office of Loans and Scholarships at GBHEM, stated, “Our mission is to provide resources for the future leaders of The United Methodist Church.  The Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship is one way we are reaching our mission and providing assistance to our future clergy leaders.  However, it would not have been possible without our many partners – Wespath, Ernst and Young, Annual Conferences, UM Foundations, and the UM seminaries and schools of theology – we have in this initiative.  We thank each one of them for their continued collaboration.”

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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