An invitation from Bishop Paul L. Leeland regarding the appointment process


Dear friends: March 28-31, 2017, will begin the process where pastoral appointments are made for the Western North Carolina Conference.  Much of this conversation and work will be instigated by the 50 plus retirements that we have received as of this date, leaving a large number of churches without pastoral leadership.  As members of the PPR/SPRC Committee in your church, I want to invite you to link into a video that will express some of my thoughts related to the work of identifying and appointing clergy to our congregations.  In a sense, I will step out of the appointment making process to address the work we are doing and to invite your prayers of intercession  and support for all our congregations. Beginning Tuesday, March 28th at 8:00 AM, you may visit the Conference Website and view the video entitled, "Bishop Leeland Speaks of the Appointment Process."  Hopefully, this will allow all members of the PPR/SPRC Committees to receive the same information as we invite you to pray for our district superintendents, for me, as your Bishop, and for our churches. Thank you for your willingness to serve your local congregation as a member of this committee; thank you for your consultation responses in the months preceding our work; and thank you for your prayers for all our churches and pastors. May we begin by praying, Christ, our Lord, in Your light, may we see light. Paul L. Leeland, Ed.D. Resident Bishop Western North Carolina Conference The United Methodist Church 3400 Shamrock Drive PO Box 18005 Charlotte,  NC 28218 (704) 714-2324

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


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