Register now for Fresh Expressions Vision Day- May 6th


As we enter into Holy Week, here is an exciting upcoming opportunity to equip your congregation to engage in new ways with your community: What is Fresh Expressions? Fresh Expressions is a missional movement with roots in England that focuses on contextual Christian churches formed among those who are not yet members of any church. The movement has exploded in the UK, with over 3,000 fresh expressions meeting in parks, restaurants, pubs, cafes and other community spaces. Learn more about Fresh Expressions in Luke Edwards' (Associate at Boone UMC) free e-book <>. What is a Vision Day? A Vision Day is a great way to discover more about Fresh Expressions. In an interactive format, you will have the chance to hear how Fresh Expressions is renewing the church, talk about the development of Fresh Expressions, learn more about the mission-shaped church, and discover tools to start Fresh Expressions in your area. Who should I invite? Anyone at your church who is passionate about engaging with your community. When is it? May 6th from 9:00 to 3:30pm Where is it? First United Methodist Church Salisbury (217 S Church Street) How much is it? $15 for all WNC United Methodists (lay and clergy) Register here:

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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