Offerings from United Methodist Communications


  Church leaders are so often in a time crunch. That’s why we developed a series of self-guided courses to help strengthen your ministry. Each is open for registration at any time. Beat that for convenience!
Plan, build and launch online Your website is critical to outreach and serves as a way to keep members engaged with up-to-date content. Register for Your Church Website so you can get the most from your online presence. If your church needs help funding a website, you can apply for a grant that includes this online training course as well as free web hosting/domain registration for one year. All you need is someone in your church who will build and maintain your website.

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A complete marketing plan

Effective Church Marketing leads you through the process of studying, dreaming and planning through use of our Church Marketing Plan Tool. The result: a completed framework of strategy and action to help you reach your community better than ever.

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Giving from the heart

People give more when their souls are stirred, and our Connectional Giving course is built on that foundation. Through materials that discuss the biblical view of generosity, you’ll learn to encourage greater giving through compelling, heartfelt stories.

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The backstory of our faith

So what makes our denomination unique? What It Means to Be United Methodist explains the structure of our church and the history behind our beliefs. This course is designed for both new and long-term United Methodists.

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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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