Local nonprofit continues family workshop series for clergy, spouses


Ministry Development ServicesCHARLOTTE – The nonprofit Ministry Development Services will continue its Healthy Parsonage Family workshop series Sept. 13, with three remaining workshops. The series, led by MDS counselor Michael Hall, is ideal for clergy and spouses. All sessions will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road, in Charlotte, in rooms 211- 212. Cost is $160 per seminar.  Western North Carolina Clergy and Ministry Professionals of the United Methodist Church receive a 50% discount thanks to funding by the WNC Leadership Development Team. Workshop topics and dates are: -Tuesday, Sept. 13: “The Couple Checkup: A Clergy and Spouse Exclusive” -Tuesday, Sept. 27: “Behind the Stained Glass: Confessions of True Intimacy in Clergy Marriages” -Tuesday, Oct. 25: “Hand-Me-Down Careers: Parental Influences on Career Aspirations of P.K.s” Register online at www.ministryds.org. For more information, email mdvs@ministryds.org or call 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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


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