Family Retreat and Mission Opportunities at Hinton Rural Life Center


Hinton Rural Life Center is responding to individual and family needs to retreat, reflect, and renew during this uncertain and stressful time by offering affordable options to getaway, but still be mindful of protecting oneself and others. 

Below are links to discount packages, both designed for individuals and families who've been sheltering and following pandemic protocols, but seek a change of scenery and activity -- recreational, missional, or both. Hinton's 33-acre campus in Hayesville, NC, in the Appalachian Mountains offers these opportunities. YOUTH VIRTUAL AND ON-SITE MISSIONS
Hinton is also offering opportunities for youth to be in mission this summer in ways that address Covid-19 safety concerns. Hinton has Virtual Missions package so teams can serve at home but still be connected with a mission week at Hinton through shared devotionals, activities, worship, and more. The package contains t-shirts, videos, schedule, and more; teams set up service projects in their own church or community.

Hinton is also prepared to host teams on-site, with Covid-19 protocols in place to protect staff and guests. For more information and to register for THIS SUMMER, go to .

As a retreat and mission outreach agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The UMC, Hinton Rural Life Center is here to serve you and offer sacred space and place for individuals, families, and congregations to Retreat, Reflect, and Renew. 

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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