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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.