Bishops Leeland and Ward promote Teacher Appreciation Week


Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace in the name of Jesus Christ. May 7 - 13 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  We United Methodists are deeply committed to our children and public schools and engage with them energetically through Congregations for Children (C4C).  We will be eager to express gratitude to all who teach in our public schools. Across North Carolina we support the teaching profession by urging wages commensurate with the high value we place on the value of teachers to our society and providing strong administrative support. Methodists have historically been advocates for education for all children.  Methodist Churches in 18th century England and on the American frontier were most likely to be centers for literacy and health education. We believe that a strong public school system is a means of securing a hopeful future for all children.  Only with equal access do we have equal opportunity.  In addition to granting equal access, public schools offer a unique framework for our children to get to know others across racial and socio-economic lines. Please join the strong connection of United Methodist people across the state reaching out to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. We call on our state legislators to demonstrate their commitment to improving the quality of life and education in North Carolina by increasing teacher compensation to the national average and adequately funding our public schools.  We also urge you to be an advocate for teachers and public education in your community. In all of these ways, we will show our neighbors our deep commitment to the children of our state and to those who teach them. In gratitude for our partnership in Christ's ministry, [table id=8 /]

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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