Extended Cabinet meets to strategize and prepare for future


The Extended Cabinet of the Western North Carolina Conference met Monday, June 12th in Huntersville with Craig Robertson of Spiritual Leadership, Inc. The extended cabinet has been meeting monthly since January working to align the various ministries of the conference, and create strategies for generating new congregations and disciple making systems. During each session, there is time for spiritual formation as a group.  The group shared a variety of “glory sightings” from across the conference of clergy and churches who are exhibiting the Good News of the Gospel.  In light of statistical data pertaining to WNCC churches from the past five years, discussed in last month’s meeting, a number of the stories centered on the work and ministry of small membership churches. This month, the extended cabinet discussed the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals. This is typically a book for business leaders, so much of the discussion revolved around how it can be used in the spiritual/theological context of the Church. The group is beginning to formulate one or two major goals or “vital signs” that the conference will focus in the coming years that will make a difference in our overall vitality and witness.  Beyond that, every team and organization in the conference will be challenged to develop a narrow focus that will enhance the impact of their work. A significant portion of the day was spent on articulating our values as an Annual Conference which reinforced our commitment to the importance of collaboration of clergy and laity; the belief that every church, no matter location or size, can be missional and invitational; and finally, that we trust in our Wesleyan heritage to be a model for effective, spiritual discipleship.

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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