An invitation to attend CCDA in Detroit


The WNCC is becoming a leader in missional efforts, as evidenced by the Missional Wisdom Foundation eastern hub affiliating with our conference, the new partnership with Fresh Expressions, and in piloting the Missions 3.0 Peer Learning Group. While these are important pieces to helping our local churches adapt to meet the needs of a changing world, we believe that a critical piece is missing. All studies show that by 2040 ethnic minorities will comprise the majority of the US population. It is the vitality of ethnic minority and multiethnic communities that will lead the future of the church in the West and beyond.

The Justice and Reconciliation (J&R) Team seeks to amplify this reality through a concerted effort toward organizing and promoting the missional ministry of under-resourced, ethnic minority, and ethnically diverse congregations and communities. Of the many models of such missional ministry, we believe that the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is a valuable partner that could help begin to fill this gap within the WNCC. For the past 25 years, CCDA and 1,000 associated organizations have been pursuing a common vision to see under-resourced communities holistically restored with Christians and the local church fully engaged in the process of transformation.

In pursuing this vision, Christian Community Development practitioners have distilled the philosophy into 8 Key Components. John Perkins, African American missionary, civil rights icon and founder of CCDA, articulated the “three R’s” of Christian community development: relocation, reconciliation and redistribution. Since Perkins’ early strategy, CCDA has added to these: local/indigenous leadership development, empowerment, holistic approach, church-based, and listening to the community.

The J&R Team is sending a delegation of clergy and laity to CCDA’s national conference in Detroit, MI on Oct. 4-7, 2017. Video with more info about the CCDA national conference. The J&R Team invites persons who currently or who desire to serve in under-resourced, ethnic minority or multi-ethnic communities to apply to join the delegation attending the conference in October. Travel, lodging and registration are being paid by the J&R Team. Limited space is available. Please apply by Friday, September 15 to answering the following questions:

1) Your name and the name of the organization/local church in which you serve.

2) Describe the demographics of the community surrounding your organization/local church.

3) Describe a vision of your community being fully restored.

4) Describe your sense of call to organize the local church with people in your community to lead toward your community’s restoration.

Rev. Brandon Wrencher, MDiv.
ThM ’18, Duke Divinity School
Pastor, Greensboro New Faith Community
M: 910-603-0199
WNCC Justice and Reconciliation Team Co-Vice-Chair

Voicemail and emails will typically be answered within 24-48 hours during my regular work schedule, Sunday through Thursday from 8am-5pm. In the case of emergencies please call me directly.


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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