New Conference Treasurer Announced


Mark King AnnouncementThe Conference Council on Finance and Administration, in conjunction with Bishop Goodpaster, is pleased to announce the intended appointment of Reverend Doctor R. Mark King as the Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services. Mark brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Office of Treasury Services. He is currently the Executive Minister at Marble Collegiate Church of New York City. He served most recently in the Western North Carolina Conference as the Executive Minister at Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem and previously at University City and St. Stephen UMCs. In his twenty-seven years of ministry experience, Mark has served as a pastor-in-charge and in administrative pastor positions. He has a pastor’s heart and an understanding of the administrative ministry of the church. Mark has a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology, a Master of Business Administration from Pfeiffer University, and a Master of Accountancy from UNC- Charlotte. He is a Certified Church Business Administrator, a Certified Facility Manager, and is certified in church and school risk management. As Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services, Mark will be responsible for the overall financial management of the conference’s funds, supervising the Treasury Services staff, maintaining the conference’s statistical database, working with the Conference Board of Trustees to maintain the conference’s property, serving as the Conference Pension Officer for the General Board of Pensions, working the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits to maintain our pension and health benefit plans, and serving as a resource to local churches on matters related to finances and benefits. Mark will be presented at Annual Conference for election as Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services, in accordance with ¶619 of The 2012 Book of Discipline. We look forward to welcoming him to the conference staff and to the anticipated start of his ministry in this new role on July 18, 2016.

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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