Mission Engagement Team Launches New Site


explore700aFrom the first meeting of the Mission Engagement Team, the greatest need identified was communication. There is no doubt that there is a lot happening across the conference as churches explore new ways to build relationships with those in our communities and meet needs in new and creative ways and the words needs to get out! Thus a vision for a new missions website was born out of an idea for a mission crowd-sourcing site that would do more than provide information, but would be interactive, empowering leaders to be proactive in getting word out about projects and soliciting for support. The main features of the site are the three buttons at the top of the homepage (mission.wnccumc.org):

Start- This will allow users to search the database of missions using various filters. We hope this feature will connect users with projects they are passionate about and explore opportunities in which they might get involved. There is also the option of donating to a mission, if applicable.

Impact- This feature is for users who wish to submit a mission to the posted to the site, whether it is an on-going mission, a mission trip both local and international, or a one-day, one-time project open to anybody.

Inspire- This button will take you to a page where you will have the option of submitting a story or reading the stories listed. We hope to hear stories of transformation and best practices. Stories can inspire, encourage, and ignite in others new ideas for their context so we’re especially excited to have this piece on the page!

Projects and stories will be screened before going public to keep the site secure and safe. The site also still holds the information you need for all conference-sponsored mission organizations like Building Teams, Project Agape, Disaster Response, and more.

We hope you will play around on the site, and explore and engage with its features by posting projects happening in or around your community and sharing your stories! This is how we embrace and utilize our connection as we all work towards the same goal to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”

By Rev. Katie Lineberger for the Mission Engagement Team

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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