Church Legacy Initiative has new web presence


The Church Legacy Initiative (CLI) is a new ministry of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, in collaboration with the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina and supported by a grant from The Duke Endowment.  Its purpose is to assist churches in making faithful decisions about their future and providing a legacy which will help to make disciples in this and future generations.         CLI works collaboratively with District Superintendents and district Church Vitality Strategists to determine which churches should participate in the discernment process, to review progress, and to determine next steps. CLI plays an important role in the Church Vitality process for the Western North Carolina Conference as churches purposefully discern the faithful path God is calling them to follow, either for intentional revitalization of their own church or to provide a legacy which will assist with the revitalization of other churches and the creation of new faith communities. Through loving faithfulness in this new ministry, the Church Legacy Initiative will provide the WNCC with greater opportunities to fulfill our mission of following Jesus and making disciples who will transform our communities and the world. Check out their web presence: Read full introduction CLI FAQ's

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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