Ministry Development Services offers workshops this fall


Ministry Development ServicesWestern North Carolina Clergy and Ministry Professionals of The United Methodist Church receive a 50% discount thanks to funding by the WNC Leadership Development Team. Registration for all workshops is online at or by calling 704.554.9222. Spiritual Formation delivered by MDS Counselor Ed Coambs Has God left the room? Discover what to do when your normal spiritual practices leave you dry. Moving to a deeper interior space of intimacy with God has a predictable path once we can see it. Come and see how to move forward in your spiritual formation. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2016 from 9 a.m. - Noon. Cost is $99. Sardis Presbyterian Church - Education Building, Room 216. Place:     Sardis Presbyterian Church 6100 Sardis Road Charlotte, NC  28270 Room 211- 212 Healthy Parsonage Family Seminar Series Only 3 sessions left!  Don't miss out on this series dedicated to enrichment for clergy and spouses. “The Couple Checkup®:  A Clergy and Spouse Exclusive” Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 “Behind the Stained Glass: Confessions of True Intimacy in Clergy Marriages” Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 “Hand-Me-Down Careers: Parental Influences on Career Aspirations of P.K.s” Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Time:      All seminars will be held 5:30 - 8:30 pm Place:     Sardis Presbyterian Church 6100 Sardis Road Charlotte, NC  28270 Room 211- 212 Cost:       $160 per seminar Facilitator: Michael Hall, Counselor with Ministry Development Services Addressing Stressors Related to Bi-Vocational Ministry How to manage being torn between two worlds. We'll investigate the stressors for bi-vocational pastors, address time-management challenges and talk about self and family care. Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 3– 5 p.m. at Sardis Presbyterian Church. Cost is $50. OR call our office to schedule this workshop at your location (704-554-9222). Uncovering Mental Health Myths in Ministry How Can I Honor My Call? We'll address depression, attention Issues, trauma recovery and addiction issues in ministry. Tuesday, Oct. 18, from Noon – 3 p.m. at Sardis Presbyterian Church. Cost is $50. OR call our office to schedule this workshop at your location (704-554-9222).

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


  • Resources
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