Extended Cabinet begins work with SLI


[caption id="attachment_8999" align="alignright" width="300"] Craig Robertson (center) leading discussions in February[/caption] The extended cabinet of the Western North Carolina Conference has begun a year-long relationship with Spiritual Leadership Inc. (SLI). One of the founders of SLI, Craig Robertson of Louisville, Kentucky and an associate, Iosmar Alvarez, a clergy member of the Kentucky Conference, will be leading the group in an intentional process of leadership and team development. The process includes these three elements: Loving, Learning and Leading.  Each gathering of the extended cabinet includes worship, spiritual formation, team building, education and leadership development. As a primary leadership team in the conference, we are working together to live into the mission of our conference, and ““live into not what God wants us to do, but what God wants us to be.” Reading that the extended cabinet has been doing in the first part of the year includes: Leadership and Self-Deception (The Arbinger Institute) and Necessary Endings (Henry Cloud). Much of our early work has focused on our unique context as an Annual Conference so that we can better strategize for the future.  Some the issues that are at the forefront:
  • The next generation of leaders in the conference
  • The abundance of small membership churches across our region
  • Disciple making from a Wesleyan model
We are working to erode the division that has often been understood between the appointive and extended cabinets, and beginning to work together as a unified team. Meetings are of the extended cabinet usually coincide with the meeting of the appointive cabinet and they will meet next on April 17th prior to the appointive cabinet focusing on 2017-18 appointments.

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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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