Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday is February 18th


Sunday, February 18 is our designated Conference Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday. We encourage all churches to include the following information in their February newsletters and weekly bulletins to inform everyone of this significant ministry to our clergy families.

The Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the Western North Carolina Conference has been engaged with the families of clergy members ever since this voluntary association of clergy and laity was organized in 1894. With the founding 121 clergy members pledging $5.00 after the death of a member and with laity members pledging $1.00 or more, clergy families received $400.00 to help with funeral, medical, and moving expenses. This past year, 15 clergy families received our financial support.

As we begin 2018 with 672 clergy members pledging $8.00 and more than 1,700 lay members plus local church classes and groups contributing $3.00 or more per death, $9,500.00 is the base amount of the benefit. To maintain this level of support, we need to increase our membership and the total amount of pledges and contributions.

With deep gratitude for the on-going support for this compassionate ministry to clergy families, we invite everyone to join us. Please visit our website at to learn more about your Conference Brotherhood/Sisterhood including how to become a member. We welcome your prayers and any suggestions you will share with us about ways we can sustain and strengthen this ministry together.


Your brother in Christ,

Roland T. Barnhardt, Executive Director     Cell phone:  336-406-1879

Robbie Carr, Administrative Assistant

Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the WNCC        Office phone:  704-825-1333        

PO Box 1096, Belmont, NC  28012             Email address:

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

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Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

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Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

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Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

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Fresh Expressions

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

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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


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