Explore Summer Ministry Intern Highlight: Tyler Smith, Intern at Metropolitan UMC, Greensboro


Tyler Smith, a senior at Greensboro College, interned at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC, with the pastor, Rev. Diron Chloe, as his clergy mentor for the summer.

Tyler started school at Greensboro College in the fall of 2018, “I started getting involved with the religious life on campus and I met a GC alum, Will. Will was active in religious life while he was at GC and had started a bible study. When I met him, Will was looking for somebody to take over the group since he had graduated. I agreed to help him find someone. Little did I know that I would be that person. I started teaching a few lessons every now and then. This was a very small, small group at the time. It would typically be 0-5 people. I started to notice I was developing this desire to improve and teach more often even though I wasn't getting the results I expected.”

Eventually, Tyler talked with Dr. Robert Brewer, the chaplain at GC, and his recommendation was for Tyler to apply for the Explore Summer Internship. Tyler says, “.… thankfully I got in…. this summer I've focused on my internship and getting back to the place where I am excited about church, teaching, and following my call.”

Experiences that stood out for Tyler were learning more about Methodism, pushing himself through a lot of obstacles to have the opportunity to use his gifts, small situations that guided him down the path he is on now, and feeling the peace of God assuring him.

The Explore Ministry Internship is for young adults, ages 18-25, interested in exploring ordained ministry through 10-week summer internships in United Methodist settings within the Conference. All interns are placed in a context where they can explore their gifts and particular aspects of ministry in a safe and encouraging environment. Each intern is matched with an ordained clergy mentor, and they get to shadow their mentor to do all the things pastors do. 

If you would like to learn more about the WNCC Explore: Summer Ministry Internship and how you might support the ministry please contact Rev. Annalee Allen, Associate Director of Ministerial Services, at aallen@wnccumc.org

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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


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