Praying Our Way Forward- February 21


Heavenly Father, we come to you, with knees bent, asking for your guidance as we navigate these turbulent times. The feeling is almost like what the disciples must have experienced in the boat while crossing Lake Gennesaret, helpless, before JESUS came and calmed the waters. We see brothers and sisters going against brothers and sisters because of disagreements in interpretation of your commands. You gave Moses tablets with your commands written on them for us to live by. You sent your Son, JESUS, to reinforce those commands. Yet we continue to live by our own rules. We have fallen away from you and in-fact are falling at a faster rate today away from you. We continue to put our wants and desires ahead of your righteous commands. So we ask Father GOD, help us to remember that your way is the only way to reach those Heavenly Gates. Help us to once again live into your word as David did when he was confronted by Nathan for his misdeeds. Oh LORD, guide the leaders of our church, this nation and all the world to seek peace. Seeking peace with each a peaceful way. We ask for this, Lord on behalf of all humankind. In your Son's name, JESUS CHRIST, we pray. Amen.

Reynaldo Rodriguez

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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