Congratulations to 2016 PHW Certified Congregations


Congratulations to the following congregations from the Western North Carolina Conference and the North Carolina Conference  who received their Partners in Health and Wholeness certification for 2016 and are/were eligible for grants to expand or implement health and wellness ministries in 2016/2017. We are delighted to walk alongside these churches who are exploring what it means to engage with the health needs of their communities through a lens of faith. These names represent ministries that include some or all of the following: free exercise classes for their community, healthier food pantries, community gardens, nutrition workshops, walking trails, health fairs, bible studies around food and faith/faith and health, new health and wellness committees, children/teen workshops, community tables and mental health training workshops. Most importantly these names represent congregations engaging in place based ministries that embrace God’s shalom.
Ahoskie UMC – Ahoskie, NC                                                                   Allensville UMC – Roxboro, NC Andrews UMC – Andrews, NC                                                                 Antioch UMC – Four Oaks, NC Asbury UMC – Cove City, NC                                                              Beauty Spot UMC – Rowland, NC Bethesda UMC – Asheville, NC                                                                Bethlehem UMC -  Climax, NC Blackburn’s Chapel UMC – Todd, NC                                              Blackcreek UMC – Black Creek, NC Boger City UMC – Lincolnton, NC                                                  Bryson City UMC – Bryson City, NC Brevard’s Chapel UMC – Denver, NC                                                            Candor UMC – Candor, NC Center UMC – Sanford, NC                                                                       Christ UMC – Greensboro, NC Concord UMC – Graham, NC                                                                            Cruso UMC – Canton, NC Deerfield UMC – Boone, NC                                                                                Erwin UMC – Erwin, NC Farmville UMC – Farmville, NC                                                            First UMC Hickory – Hickory, NC First UMC Pembroke – Pembroke, NC                                     Jarvis Memorial UMC – Greenville, NC Jonesboro UMC – Sanford, NC                                                                             Kenly UMC – Kenly, NC Long’s UMC – Canton, NC                                                                          Miller’s Chapel – St Pauls, NC Milwaukee Charge UMC – Conway, NC                                    Mishop Springs UMC – Whiteville, NC Morris Chapel UMC – Walkertown, NC                                     New Sharon UMC – Hillsborough, NC Oriental UMC – Oriental, NC                                                                 Pinehurst UMC – Pinehurst, NC Pine Level First UMC – Smithfield, NC                                                      Pleasant Grove – Raleigh, NC Prospect UMC – Maxton, NC                                                                Reelsboro UMC – New Bern, NC Rhems UMC – New Bern, NC                                                Rhyne Memorial UMC – Red Springs, NC Saxahapaw UMC – Saxahapaw, NC                                                    Shady Grove UMC – Kinston, NC Singletary UMC – Dublin, NC                                                                       Solid Rock UMC – Olivia, NC St John UMC – Avon, NC                                                                        Stonewall UMC – Stonewall, NC Swansboro UMC – Swansboro, NC                                     Wesley Chapel UMC – Elizabethtown, NC Wesley Chapel UMC – Reidsville, NC                                                 Woodleaf UMC –  Woodleaf, NC   STRIVE TO REVIVE GRANT RECIPIENTS Bright Hope Laurel UMC – Mars Hill, NC   (churches in bold are from the Western North Carolina Conference) Contact: Nicole Johnson,, 828.767.0181

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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