AC2019 Innovation Initiative


As an Annual Conference, we are full of passionate, creative people! A group of laity and clergy has come together to shape some experiences at Annual Conference that help people realize their innovative potential.

These efforts are designed with the following outcomes in mind:
  • Fruitful Relationships that foster deeper collaboration, shared learning, and critical support in innovation efforts.
  • Creative Spaces for passionate people to connect, dream about the possibilities, and work towards a better future together.
  • New Models of Ministry that better leverage the gifts of emerging leaders to serve communities and make disciples.
Here are some ways to be a part of this movement at Annual Conference:

Instances of Innovation Video Submissions
Show us how you're being innovative in your ministry context! We're looking for clergy and laity in ministry across the conference to submit brief (1min or less), simple (you can do it on a smartphone) videos showcasing your innovation efforts. Click the link for more information and to submit a video:

Innovators Dinner @ Annual Conference
Wednesday, June 19th, 6:30pm @ Long’s Chapel UMC
Join us for dinner and curated conversation around how the church can innovate in the areas of Missions, Discipleship, Communication, and Experiences. We want to help you get inspired or take your idea to the next phase through a collaborative time with other passionate, creative people! Dinner and childcare provided at no cost.

Registration Required:

AC After Hours
Thursday, June 20th, 8:00pm @ BearWaters Brewing
Come make some new friends and catch up with old ones at BearWaters. The foundation of innovation is relationships, so come make some connections! No registration required, just show up!

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







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