Finding God in our Neighbor Webinars



Relational Ministries: Finding God In Our Neighbor Webinar
Thursday, September 16, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT
via Zoom


How can your church see its community as co-creators of ministry? De’Amon Harges, Mike Mather, and Seana Murphy transformed their church and their Indianapolis neighborhood by looking for their neighbors’ assets instead of only seeing their needs. They will share their stories and give you practical tips on how to transform your church's outreach to the community.
Everyone present at this webinar will receive a free Kindle copy of Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places by Mike Mather. 


The Bible and Poverty
Sundays, Sept 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
5:30-7:00pm EDT
via Zoom 


The Rural Center is offering this free opportunity to rural churches in NC. This course explores biblical views on and responses to material poverty. It will examine the nature and dimensions of economic inequality in the biblical world and how that reality is addressed by various parts of Scripture, from the Law and Prophets to the Gospels and Acts. Emphasis will be placed on how churches can use biblical frameworks to develop more just, effective, and transformative approaches to poverty in their own communities.

This course is offered in partnership with The Candler Foundry. Courses in the Community program offers students in-depth learning opportunities situated at the intersection of the church and academy. Learn more by visiting

 Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio serves at Emory's Candler School of Theology as an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Old Testament and Director of the Candler Foundry. His research and teaching interests include biblical metaphors, the Pentateuch, the Sabbath, and ancient iconography. He enjoys teaching in local congregations and has a passion for helping to bring theological education to broader and more diverse public audiences.

Contact for more information.

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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