Praying Our Way Forward- February 25


Our Father and our God, we come before you in the name of our big brother, Jesus, Lord and Savior of our lives! You have bid us to come unto you all who are weary and burdened and we shall find rest. You’ve also invited us to come boldly before the throne of grace that we may find help and mercy in our time of need. Father, this is one those times, even as the world needs you, we find the Church needing you just as much. Forgive our complacency at times when we should be shining forth your light into dark places brighter than it’s ever shined before, because it is in your light that everything melts away except the pure Glory of our God. This is the place where we’re drawn closest to you as we experience your love and we pray for this sacred space for the Commission on the Way Forward as they share together, deliberate together, cry together and smile through their tears together on behalf of the whole Church. May they feel our love for them and your love for them through us that Christ may dwell in each of their hearts by faith and as they are rooted and grounded in love they may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, depth, and height; and that they may be assured of the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that they might be filled with the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3: 17-19). Guide them we pray with your loving eye and righteous hand in their decision making on our behalf that we may give you glory praise and honor all the days of our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

Pamela Shoffner

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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