Health and Wholeness Workshop in Hickory on May 5


We often hear the word “health” as the absence of disease and “peace” as the absence of war. We may be missing something with these definitions. Partners in Health and Wholeness invites you to a resource workshop that explores the possibilities for a health and wellness ministry that embraces the concept of Shalom “wholeness”. Shalom is completeness, wellness, flourishing even, of mind, body, spirit. The Greek translation when Jesus says your faith has made you whole uses the word “sozo” which is translated “to save”. Partners in Health and Wholeness asks people of faith to consider the effort Jesus made to show that healing and saving were about the whole person—mind, body and spirit— both immediately and ultimately. This resource workshop will present opportunities for considering health and wholeness  through a lens of faith, in very practical ways. Presentations will include identifying health needs in our communities, developing community gardens from the ground up, building healthier food pantries, developing a health and wellness ministry, a health and wellness ministry as a part of a vital church, healthy aging and The Duke Endowment's support for faith, food and health initiatives. We have a variety of speakers and presenters lined up that specifically address health priorities in the region: Kristen Richardson-Frick (The Duke Endowment), Kim Shockley (Church Vitality Strategist for the Catawba Valley District), Zack King (Catawba County Health Partners and Community Health Analyst), Holley Daghenhardt (Dietitian and Motivating Force Behind the Health and Wellness Ministry of FUMC Hickory), Cade Underwood (North Carolina Community Garden Partners), Sarah Evitt/Ayden Jones/Jeanne Dairaghi (NC Center for Health and Wellness and Area Agency on Aging for the Region), Kylie Foley (Rural Faith Community Fellow: Institute for Emerging Issues), Shannon Axtell Martin (Partners in Health and Wholeness). Location: First UMC Hickory 311 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601 When: May 05, 2017 Time: 8:00 am—2:30 pm Cost: No cost Lunch provided Register: Online at or contact Nicole Johnson, 828.767.0181, Partners in Health and Wholeness is an initiative of the NC Council of Churches funded by The Duke Endowment and Blue and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation .

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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