United Methodist Now- a new biweekly newsletter
The United Methodist Church invites you to check out their new biweekly e-newsletter specially created for all church members.
United Methodist Now
will highlight examples of Christian living, share inspirational messages and focus on what it means to be part of our connection. You can subscribe for free
Some samples from the first edition:
What to watch for in "The Shack:" United Methodist pastors’ advice
The movie version of the 2007 best-selling book "The Shack" is a hot box office ticket these days, but its unorthodox representation of the Trinity could unsettle some believers. We asked United Methodist clergy how they think the pop culture phenomenon integrates with Christian faith.
A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent
There are many ways to find added meaning in this season of preparation for Easter. Writer Joe Iovino looks at how Charles Wesley’s “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast” reminds us that Lent is not only a time for engaging in reflection but also a time to extend welcome.
Women who made history
We celebrate Women’s History Month in March. Did you know the U.S. holiday dedicated to moms was started by two Methodist women?
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
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: 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
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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 email@example.com.