Celebrating New Beginnings
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Leeland's term in Western North Carolina was extended by one year, totaling five years of service to the United Methodist churches in the Western NC Conference. During the celebration, staff members offered words of gratitude for Bishop Leeland's "prayerful and pastoral leadership."
Bishop Leeland shared his plans upon retirement to "spend more time with [his] wife, family, and friends" and to intentionally leave space in his life (and on his calendar) for discernment and rest as he navigates this new beginning. Bishop Leeland closed his remarks to the staff saying, "I will always support the United Methodist Church. I will support the work and ministry of our pastor and support the leadership of my bishop. I love the United Methodist Church."
Rev. Kim Ingram and Rev. Annalee Allen, Director and Associate Director of Ministerial Services, closed the celebration asking the staff to lay hands upon or extend hands towards Bishop Leeland as prayers of gratitude and blessing were offered on his behalf.
Following Bishop Leeland's retirement celebration, the Office of Ministerial Services hosted Rev. Huffman, Dr. Lee, and Rev. Pezet for ministerial training as they step into their new roles as district superintendents in the Western North Carolina Conference. As we celebrate these new beginnings, we offer gratitude for all God is doing in and through the United Methodists of the Western North Carolina Conference.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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 email@example.com.