"Connect" Launches on January 7th


Connect350WHAT IS CONNECT? It is a weekly, 30 minute live broadcast on BlogTalkRadio. We will be conversing with United Methodists across the connection. In the beginning, mainly with persons from the Western North Carolina Conference.  But, as we continue the process, we will include persons far and wide. Each show will feature a guest (or guests) who will talk about those things that they are passionate about, why they are United Methodists, and what they would like to contribute to the future of the church. HOW DO WE CONNECT WITH THE SHOW? We give you plenty of options:
  • Listen to the show live at the BlogTalkRadio page.
  • Listen to recorded shows at that same page or in our Show Archives
  • After we get a few shows under our belts, we will have our own podcast list at iTunes.
HOW DO WE LISTEN LIVE? We will begin live shows on January 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM, then every Wednesday for the projected future, we will broadcast a new show at 11:00 AM. In the beginning, you will be able to use the chat feature to communicate during the show. After we get comfortable with the process, you will be able to call in and talk with the guests and host. WHO IS THE HOST? Michael Rich, the Conference Web & Communications Manager, is the host of the show. Among the many things he has done in his career, he worked with WMYN/WLOE Radio while he was a pastor in Mayodan, NC.  He hosted regular interview shows, covered football, and produced several special programs for the station.

Follow Connect at the website: UMConnect.info

At the BlogTalkRadio.com page: BlogTalkRadio.com/umconnect

On Facebook and Twitter


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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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