Clergy Retreat: "This Odd and Wondrous Calling" scheduled for April 9-11


This Odd and Wondrous Calling:
A Time A Part for Clergy for Rest, Play, Creativity and Renewal
Monday, April 9, 2018 – Wednesday April 11, 2018
As rich as the season of Lent into Easter is, it can often be a “full” time for clergy who are seeking to provide meaningful journeys of faith for those they serve during this time. In the Easter days that follow this time, Leslee Wray is offering a two-day retreat for clergy who might welcome some rest and renewal.

Drawing upon Lillian Daniel’s and Martin B. Copenhaver’s book, This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers,  Leslee, along with her husband Dan, will be leading a time a part for rest, play, creativity and renewal at The Saint Francis Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC  April 9 – 11, 2018.

Time for stories, good conversation, reflection, solitude and exploring some creative and holistic means of grace such as photography, writing, yoga, and art will be offered as participants are invited to bless and affirm “this odd and wondrous calling” to representative ministry. 

Cost for Room, Board and Programing:
Double: $250                                                                          
Single    $300

All interested participants please email Leslee Wray at to make a reservation. DOWNLOAD RESERVATION FORM

Continuing education funds are available through the Board of Ministry for those who qualify.
The link to the application is:  

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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