SandArtistry opportunity for your congregation


shockley-sand-artABIDE” John 15 A Powerful SandArtistry Event for Your Congregation Rev. Gary Alan Shockley, Artist and Speaker Looking for an innovative and inspirational event for your church? Seeking a renewal or revival service? I believe God has given me the gift of artistic creativity, and specifically the medium of sand art, to be a positive catalyst for change in the world and inspire others toward faith-filled and imaginative living. In response to this calling I have created a one-hour event that incorporates two 15 minute SandArtistry performances with a message in between from John 15 that will encourage your people to abide in God. Lately, God has been speaking to me through John 15 when Jesus said, “Abide in me as I abide in you…because apart from me you can do nothing…NO thing.” In these anxious and often fearful times I believe Jesus is calling us to learn how to abide in him. To abide is to open ourselves more fully to the reality of God in, around and through us. Abiding is taking up our home in God and God in us. To abide is to live without fear, worry, mistrust and lack of purpose. Abiding is to see and celebrate the love and presence of God in ourselves and everyone around us. I would love to share this timely message of encouragement with your group. Let me know if I can use my gifts to help you ABIDE. Send me an email to schedule ABIDE with your group: Visit my website at to learn about SandArtistry and view a promotional video.

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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