Summer Theater Experience scheduled for Charlotte in June


A Summer Theater Ministry opportunity is open for students ages 16 to 19 in Charlotte. The Theater Experience will last two weeks (June 12th - 24th) and will be held at First United Methodist Church in uptown Charlotte. Students from across Charlotte and surrounding areas are welcome to audition before March 15th. Audition Information Students may audition through the website or by email to schedule an in person audition. About the Theater Experience  Students who have strong talent in Acting, Singing, Dancing or Playing an Instrument are encouraged to apply and audition. Students will perform an original production based upon their own faith stories as well as the faith stories of various other Christians from local congregations. This production will take place on Saturday June 24th, 2017 at 8:00pm. The two week experience will focus on the writing and rehearsal of the production. This experience of building something creative and authentic to reflect the faith of so many faithful believers is designed to challenge each student in their talents, faith development and understanding of what it is to share the faith with others. This Theater Experience is meant to bring students gifted in the Performing Arts from across the city to share together in what it means to be the unified body of Christ. It is also meant to equip students to be leaders in their local congregations by connecting inter-generationally and learning how to be leaders with the arts in ministry. Local congregations can also volunteer by helping with dinners for the rehearsals and serving on our team of creative advisers.

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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