Building Teams Updates


Updates for the WNCC UMVIM Building teams: The Alaska teams will go to Juneau (still open) and Seward (full). Costa Rica Team 13 has merged with Costa Rica Team 26. The February Haiti team is cancelled. All of the Guatemala teams are full now. At least a dozen teams still have openings, while others are full, complete, or in progress. Check our status sheet, For more information, review the team projects files for the 2017 team projects and/or basic BTC information (included with team projects). The building team missions trip to Armenia,  June 20/22 to July 5/7 is still open. Exact dates will be determined by price price of tickets. Cut off for joining the team and sending down payment to Cecil Donahue is March 15. Details in the BTC team projects brochure. [Go to for more information] Can’t go, but want to support the building teams? The explosive growth of Christianity continues in developing nations, but the Building Team Committee receives more requests than it can provide for additional teams and projects. Consider making WNCC UMVIM a regular part of your church mission budget or your own second-mile giving. Send your contributions to: WNCC Building Teams • c/o Bill Buchanan, Treasurer, PO Box 792, Kannapolis NC 28082. Contact Bill at or 704.938.8431 or 704.796.7284.

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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