Bishop announces new superintendent effective July 1


Bishop Paul L. Leeland and the Cabinet announce the appointment of Rev. Michael Bailey as a District Superintendent effective July 1. In support of this appointment, Bishop Leeland said, “It is an honor to welcome Mike Bailey to the appointive cabinet. He has shown tremendous leadership in our conference, served Christ United Methodist Church faithfully and effectively, and will be an outstanding asset to our ministry team.  He brings a strong sense of pastoral identity, experience, and vision for the church which will serve our conference with the same passion and fruitfulness that he has offered his congregation.” Bailey is currently the pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro where he has served since 2012.  Prior to that he served at Mount Zion UMC in Cornelius for ten years, and four years as the pastor of the American Protestant Church of The Hague, Netherlands from 1998-2002.  He has served appointments in this conference since 1993. Bailey transferred to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1995 from the Memphis Conference where he began his ministry.  He is a graduate of Lambuth University (B.A., 1978) and Pacific School of Religion (M.Div., 1984). He will be assigned to a district later this month after other cabinet moves are finalized.

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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