BMCR Sunday is scheduled for February 4th


Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc. (BMCR) has embarked on a fundraising effort to move our organization toward self sufficiency. As we celebrate our 51st year, we are focusing on securing our potential for future ministry. We are doing this important work in partnership with the United Methodist Church Development Center and Methodistas Asociados Reprensentando la Causa de Hispano Americanos (MARCHA). 

We have established an aggressive fund raising goal of $125,000 for 2018 so that BMCR will be self-sufficient by the end of this Quadrennium. Our strategy has involved reaching out to conferences for gifts to BMCR this year, as well as reaching out to local congregations and individuals. 

As a part of our local church strategy, and to strengthen the relationship of BMCR to African-American congregations, we are promoting a BMCR Sunday on February 4, 2018, and invite African American churches in your conference to hold a second offering on this Sunday. We hope that you will support our efforts, and assist us by proposing not only African-American churches in your conference for this initiative, but others as well that have established ministries serving the African-American community. 

You will find examples of the BMCR Sunday materials attached, and please share feedback with us as we promote the first BMCR Sunday. Thank you for your assistance in promoting BMCR Sunday in your conference. 

Peace and blessings, 

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi 
BMCR Episcopal Consultant 
Resident Bishop Pittsburgh Episcopal Area 

BMCR Sunday Bulletin Insert

BMCR Poster

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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