GC2016 May 16- UPDATE


[caption id="attachment_5926" align="aligncenter" width="601"]Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area gives the sermon during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS | Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area gives the sermon during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. (see other news below)[/caption] Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 7-  I Thank God General Conference is Not the Church | James Howell See all of the delegate updates at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian Advocate for Tuesday, May 17, 2016 See earlier DCA’s at General Conference News Other News The stoles that were worn today by the Bishops (see photo above) were made by Western North Carolina Conference's Gloria Hughes.  Here is the quote from her Facebook page:

Mercy - Compassion - Love . . . all components of General Conference worship this morning. Bishop Harvey, Bishop Torio, and Bishop Wenner will all be wearing stoles I was commissioned to create for General Conference. I am most grateful for this sacred opportunity to pray for these Bishops and their ministry during the creative process. 

If you happened to miss it, Bishop Goodpaster presided over the Monday morning plenary at General Conference-   [caption id="attachment_5928" align="aligncenter" width="450"]Bishop-G Photo by Sally Queen on Monday morning[/caption] Andrew Woods is a reserve delegate from the Western North Carolina Conference. He finished his Masters of Divinity at Duke Divinity School before coming to General Conference. He missed his graduation ceremony last Saturday. Here is his story. [AUDIO} Selected News Stories

UM News Service-GC2016

Selected Multimedia UM News Service Photos 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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