features "Creation Care, Biblical Basics" this fall


Creation-Care---Biblical-Basics-sm Rev. Jonathan Brake, of Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem, will be teaching a brand-new online course open to anyone in the world this fall. His course, which is hosted on, is entitled “Creation Care: Biblical Basics,” and walks students through the differences between secular environmentalism and Christian ‘creation care,’ Biblical bases for creation care, and ways individuals and churches can put their faith into action to care for God’s world. The course will be in session from Monday, September 19, through Saturday, November 12, 2016. This is the first course Rev. Brake has taught on Here’s a link to the course: is an online learning host for Christian continuing education courses, and is based out of the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College (a United Methodist-affiliated college in the Great Plains Conference). The Wilkes were the authors of DISCIPLE Bible Study in the 1980s and 1990s, and settled near Southwestern College after completing Dick’s term as bishop in Arkansas. BeADisciple hosts about 150 classes for over 2000 individual students each year. Students log into the site once or more each day to access course materials and contribute to the ongoing course discussion boards.  You can learn more about BeADisciple here:

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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