Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the WNCC 2021: Special Recognition and Membership Drive


The WNCC annually approves the third Sunday in February (or other times deemed more suitable) for special recognition of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood. The interest and support of local churches, organizations, and individual members is deeply appreciated and vital since this Affiliated Ministry is entirely self-funded.

Beneficiary membership is open to full members, associate members, and local pastors in good standing with the WNCC. Laity who support this ministry are celebrated as honorary members. So far this Conference year, the Brotherhood/Sisterhood has served the families of our 12 clergy members who have died: Jerry D. Murray, Floyd J. Wood, C. Clay Manning, Lawrence E. Barden, Robert L. Cauble, Gregory K. Collins, Theodore A. Powell, J. Patrick Heafner, William N. Blanton, Jr., Kenneth M. Johnson, Raymond J. Hahn, and T. Ray Branton. We have provided the sum total of $108,612 in benefits to their families.

The Brotherhood/Sisterhood is governed by the Annual Meeting, where laity and clergy members are entitled to voice and vote, and by our Board of Directors. The standard death benefit is $10,000. The clergy assessment rate per death is $15. Laity are encouraged to contribute $6 or more per death. Bequests and memorial gifts are always welcome.

Additional information about membership and giving is available on our website ( You may also contact us more personally via email ( and phone (704-825-1333).

With the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, let us continue to affirm our clergy and their families. Thank you for extending your faith, hope, and love to them as you help sustain this special ministry that was founded in 1894!

-Roland T Barnhardt, Executive Director

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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