Appointment updates from Bishop Leeland and Cabinet


It was announced in early April that Rev. Michael Bailey, currently serving at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, will become a district superintendent effective July 1. Bailey has been appointed to the Yadkin Valley District and will be replacing Rev. Dr. Jeff Patterson who has served there since 2014.  Dr. Patterson is being appointed to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point. Rev. Dr. John Boggs, who has been serving as the Conference Director of Vital Discipleship since July 2016, has been appointed to University City United Methodist Church in Charlotte effective July 1. The bishop and conference leaders are in the process of filling that vacancy.

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







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