Connectional Table meets for evaluative session


[caption id="attachment_9870" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Bob Wilhoit (L) giving his report at Connectional Table while David Snipes (R) listens[/caption] The Western North Carolina Conference Connectional Table met for its quarterly meeting on Saturday, July 22, at the United Methodist Foundation in Huntersville. The focus for this meeting was evaluation of conference ministries to ensure alignment with the mission of the church. The Connectional Table’s  purpose, based on the Conference Plan of Organization and Rules of Order, is to “connect the ministries and resources of the Annual Conference in order to increase and strengthen the number of vital congregations and conference entities and to coordinate, promote, and encourage the development of faithful disciples and fruitful leaders across the conference so that, lives and communities are transformed by the power of God.” The Connectional Table has agreed to:
  • Lead our conference into new and emerging ministries that keep faith with our Kingdom journey.
  • Evaluate and reflect on our work regularly for the purpose of readjusting the path forward.
  • Align our resources and make realistic recommendations for financial assistance to embrace our ministry.
[caption id="attachment_9871" align="alignright" width="300"] CCYM (Monica and Courtney Childers) gives report while Bishop Leeland listens[/caption] At this meeting, leaders representing all of the major organizations of the conference heard from several conference program entities who gave reports and took questions from the body. Those who reported at this quarterly meeting included:
  • Camping and Retreat Ministries
  • Campus Ministry
  • Conference Council on Youth Ministry
  • Council on Finance and Administration
  • Board of Trustees
  • United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina
Reports from other program groups will be heard at the next quarterly meeting, and the Connectional Table will begin looking at the alignment and most effective use of budget and conference resources. During the lunch break, the Connectional Table joined with the Board of Trustees and Conference Staff for the ground breaking service for the new conference center which will be located on adjacent property.  

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


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