Carolinas Black Clergy Retreat Scheduled for August


Who knew that when we began planning this event in early 2019 and gave it the theme "CROSSROADS: Where Faith and Innovation Meet" that we would be living in that reality as we have for the past few months due to the COVID19 pandemic.  Well, God knew, but we surely had no clue! 
It has been a roller coaster, but you've held on!  Now we are living with two pandemics—COVID19 and racism.  There is a lot going on all at once, but God is up to something.  I believe that change is coming and God wants to use us to make a difference.
Now it’s time to step back, take a breath—restrelaxreflectrefocusrecharge, and reimagine your life and ministry in a setting of support with your colleagues, bishops, and others who want to support you as you support and care for others.  
Our Leaders and Presenters:
Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, Bishop Hope Ward, Bishop Paul Leeland
Rev. Dr. Joe Daniels, Keynote Speaker, The Power of Godly Vision
Rev. Dr. Henry Masters, Editor—By Faith Magazine
Rev. Regina Henderson Moore, Resourcing/Funding Your Vision
Rev. James L. Friday, Current Realities & Mission Possibilities
Rev. Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies & LIVE FREE Campaign

Registration Online Now!!

If you have questions or need additional information please contact:
Rev. Millie Nelson Smith, Congregational Specialist
African American Ministries/Columbia District/Hartsville District
South Carolina Conference, The United Methodist Church
4908 Colonial Drive, Suite 101
Columbia, South Carolina  29203
Office:  (803) 735-8797  Mobile:  (803) 960-5733   Fax:  (803) 399-9951

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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