Harambee 2021: Apart but Connected!


Hello Harambee Family!
 We want to remind everyone that Harambee 2021 will be a virtual experience due to COVID-19, and as we shift to this virtual method, our registration will also look a bit different.  The end of Early Bird registration is coming up quickly in 2 weeks.  Click here for the intended schedule for the weekend.
We are asking that each church register as a group, as opposed to sending in individual registration forms. Churches may register by clicking on each of the links below (please be sure to click on all of them) and completing the necessary information for each person in your group.
The Early Bird Registration fee is $35 per person and the deadline for Early Bird Registration is Friday, April 30, 2021. 
Effective May 1st, the Registration Fee will be $50 per person, and the deadline for registration is May 21, 2021. 
The registration fee will include a paint kit that will be used for an activity during Harambee. These kits for each group will be mailed to the church. To ensure that your group receives their kits in a timely manner, you MUST be completely registered (and paid) for the event by Friday, May 21, 2021. If you register after this date, you will still receive your kits, however, we can not guarantee that you will receive them in time to use them during Harambee. 
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you all on June 25-26th for Harambee 2021! Although we will be apart, we will still be connected!

The word "harambee" is South African in origin and means, "Let's come together." Every other year the national office of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc sponsors the National BMCR Youth Harambee to celebrate and nurture the gifts, talents, and willing hearts of United Methodist Youth. These events also focus on helping youth and young adults understand BMCR's history, purpose, and focus on equipping and supporting Christian youth. This event is for youths ages 12-18. 

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.


  • Resources
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