Response to flooding in Louisiana


The people of Louisiana and surrounding areas have been hit hard by flooding following incredible rainfall totals recently.  Of course, we should continue to lift these folks in our prayers.  You and members of your churches may be wondering what else we can do to help.  The following summarizes notes from Ken Anderson, our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator:
  • While at some point flood buckets may be needed, because we currently have about 1,200 flood buckets at the Mission Response Center (MRC) in Terrell, NC, as well as many more in various locations throughout the Southeast, we are being asked not to prepare and send flood buckets at this time, and not until requested by the MRC.  UMCOR coordinates transportation of the flood buckets.
  • It is too soon for Early Response Teams (ERT’s) to go in to the disaster area.  When the Louisiana Conference invites ERT’s to the area, our Conference Disaster Response Team will post that information.
  • In the meantime, monetary contributions to UMCOR are welcomed.  Please make checks payable to UMCOR (or to your local church, which can then write a single check to UMCOR) and in the memo line for the check(s) to UMCOR write: “Disaster Response, United States (#901670).”  Alternatively, checks can be sent directly to the Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, in which case “August 2016 Flood” should be written in the memo field of the check.  The mailing address for the latter is:  Louisiana Annual Conference, Attn.: Flood Buckets, 527 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.  (Please communicate this information to your church treasurers.)
Randy Harry, Smoky Mountain Distirct

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


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