Disaster Response information in Western North Carolina


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Hudson NC, area in Caldwell County, suffered two tornados at around 6:15PM on Sunday evening. Initial damage assessment which is subject to change is over 100 homes damaged and Mount Hermon UMC lost their steeple and initial damage estimate at the church is over $200,000.00.

Mount Hermon UMC property was evacuated due to a failed rain water drainage pipe underneath the church parking lot. Rev. Mike Duncan, Appalachian District Disaster Response Coordinator, is on-scene with me at the Mount Hermon UMC Parsonage.

Mike will work with local emergency management officials over the next few hours to determine the extent of the damage in the Community.

Please keep the Hudson Community in your prayers and please remember that volunteers are not to cross District boundaries without an invitation extended by the District Superintendent.

Grace and Peace,
Ken Anderson
Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response Coordinator
Cell phone (828) 260-3724

*If you have knowledge of other situations in the conference after Hurricane Nate passed through the area overnight, please be in touch with Ken Anderson.

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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