Conference Council on Youth Ministries Report


On September 12, 2020 the Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) met at First UMC, Newton. This year's council is made up of 23 youth and 3 adults from 7 districts across Westen North Carolina. The members of the council elected 4 of their peers to serve as the executive committee. The council elected Joseph Navarro (Metro District) to serve as President, Talon Shuffler (Catawba Valley District) to serve as Vice President, Alex Sisk (Catawba Valley District) to serve as Secretary, and Kayla Stewart (Uwharrie District) to serve as Vice Secretary.  - Alex Sisk, CCYM Secretary
"We as CCYM want to be the voice for young people all over the conference on a multitude of matters. We want the people in the WNCC to understand who we are and what we stand for. We are more than a bunch of teenagers. We are a collective group of youth using our voices for the better good of the Church." - CCYM President, Joseph Navarro
I am so excited for and proud of our Conference Council on Youth Ministries. They worked hard last year to make some much needed updates to our CCYM guidelines and structure and to dream for the next quadrennium. Last year we formed a CCYM Covenant; at our meeting in September we edited and renewed our CCYM Covenant (see below); our Covenant helps keep us all accountable to one another and to the conference for our character and to fulfill our mission. This year our focus is to raise awareness of CCYM and YSF - the Youth Service Fund. We also hope to work with Havaleh to provide resources for Youth Ministries around the conference.

-Shannon LeMaster-Smith, CCYM Coordinator

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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