Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat


Registration is open for the 2019 Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat – “Navigating the Changing Landscape: A Fearless Dialogue” – set for May 20-24 at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach.

The retreat is an opportunity to get away to a quiet place to be renewed, reconnected, refreshed and refocused. It’s a chance to get to know new people with whom you share United Methodist DNA, and to be filled as we praise, worship, learn, have some fun – and just take some time to relax.

Coming out of the 2019 General Conference, what lies ahead? What does the road before us look like now? As we see the decline in attendance in our denomination and other mainline churches, we see that the landscape is changing. 

Now is a great time to come together to have some dialogue in a safe space that will help to strengthen our Beloved Community, as well as the ministry of each pastor and local church they serve. You will come away with not only ideas, but practical tools to help you and your leadership team begin where you are and work toward becoming healthy, vital and moving to growth – even in a time of chaos and uncertainty. 

Using the “Fearless Dialogues” model, we will create unique spaces for difficult, heartfelt conversations between unlikely partners. It retrains the eyes and ears of leaders to see gifts instead of stereotypes, and to hear value in the storied lives of others. 

Retreat leaders

About the retreat

See the attached pdf for more information about the retreat, including cost, accommodations and a schedule of events.

Register online by May 3.

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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