Campus Ministry Responds to UNCC Shooting


A Message from Rev. Steve Cheyney, UNCC Niner United Campus Pastor

This wasn’t God’s plan.

Yesterday evening, as you know, our campus became a tragic scene of violence. You may have witnessed firsthand things that can’t be unseen. You may know one of the two students who lost their life. You may know one of the four who were injured. You may know the assailant. You may have been in lockdown. You may have been in fear. Whatever you may have experienced, this was a very horrific day for our campus.

No matter the horror, this wasn’t God’s plan. Psalm 46:1 reminds us that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” May God be your refuge and strength - your present help during these troubling days. The Gospel of John reminds us that when Jesus heard of his friend’s death, he began to weep. In God’s strength, God still weeps with us. Nowhere does the Bible say acts of violence like these are part of God’s plan.

So, may we come together in love and peace and figure out as a community how to help one another, and how to grieve together. May we also know and sense the love of God in and through Christ Jesus who mourns with us, yet also gives us hope. Tonight, after the university vigil, a multitude of area clergy will be available in room 261 of the Student Union.

As your campus pastor, I am also available as you need. Please let me know how I can help.


Grace and peace,

Rev Steve Cheyney

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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