Cabinet Recap - August 27-29


The Bishop and the Extended Cabinet met at the new Conference Center facility in Huntersville on August 27-29 to strengthen the alignment around and to act on our vision to strengthen ministry within the Western North Carolina Conference. We believe that every congregation can live into the mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world. Every congregation can be invitational and missional. Members of the Cabinet are working together to find adaptive solutions to the challenges facing churches in our conference and around the connection. 
Several key themes emerged from our days together: healthy pastoral leadership for churches, the importance of partnering with laity, racial inclusivity and creating new places for new people. From spiritual renewal and leadership development to financial literacy and debt reduction, conference offerings to help pastors continue to grow. Through the certified lay minister program, our Board of Laity is committed to growing the numbers of committed laity in churches across our conference. Across the conference, our district superintendents are seeing diverse churches come together for mission and ministry, rather than being segregated. The Connectional Table is also working to bring voices and perspectives together focused on our racial reconciliation efforts at the conference level. We are seeing incredible momentum in areas of Church Development. The number of churches and potential leaders expressing interest and commitment to Fresh Expressions far exceeded expectations. A new Church Development initiative, the Transformation Journey, is creating health, vitality and fruitfulness by walking with churches on the journey from good to great. Two pilot projects are underway this year with 10-14 expected to start their own journey next year.
The work of the Extended Cabinet is incredibly local, focused on strengthening the day-to-day ministry on the ground of the local church. Committed to Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28, the Bishop and district superintendents are praying for and working on behalf of pastors and congregations across the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 19-20

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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