Praying Our Way Forward- February 23


Dear Creator of all people and Lord of Lords, Today we recognize that we are a broken people and that the world in which we live is in a struggle to bring peace and faith to all. We thank you for Jesus Christ, who by example allows us to love others just as they are and accept them no matter where they are from, what language they speak, or their gender. Strengthen our faith at this time when we want to include others and sometimes find ourselves judging based on our own narrow perspective. Remind us that we love because God first loved us (I John 4:19). Open our minds, our hearts and our arms to embrace our neighbor, and offer the good news of Christ to those we meet. Please bless your church with unity in the Holy Spirit. Amen Querido Creador de toda persona y Señor de los Señores, Hoy reconocemos que somos un pueblo quebrantado y que el mundo en el que vivimos está en una lucha por traer paz y fe a todos. Te damos gracias por Jesucristo, que por medio de su ejemplo nos permite amar a los demás tal como son y aceptarlos sin importar de dónde vienen, qué idioma hablan o su género. Fortalezca nuestra fe durante esta época cuando queremos incluir a otros y en ocasiones nos encontramos juzgando basándonos en nuestra propia perspectiva limitada. Recuérdanos que amamos porque Dios nos amó primero (I Juan 4:19). Abran nuestras mentes, nuestros corazones y nuestros brazos para abrazar a nuestro prójimo, y ofrecer las buenas nuevas de Cristo a los que nos encontramos. Bendice tu iglesia con la unidad del Espíritu Santo. Amén

Susan S. Webster

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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