Hurricane Sally Response


This past weekend the WNC Conference delivered about 400 UMCOR Cleaning Kits to Dauphin Island, Alabama to fill a shortage of buckets caused by other recent hurricanes. 

“The community of Dauphin Island was heavily impacted as Hurricane Sally made landfall early last week. I delivered the buckets to Dauphin Island United Methodist Church (DIUMC), which served as a vital community distribution point in the days following the storm. The  majority of the island was without power until early Saturday morning (9/19). DIUMC served as a source of hope for the impacted community distributing several hundred tarps and cleaning kits, bottled water, fresh fruits and vegetables, fuel, and many other items. Church members prepared hot meals twice a day serving close to 800 meals in just the two days I was there. It was a beautiful representation of one of John Wesley’s famous quotes. Dauphin Island UMC did all the good they could, in all the ways they could, in every place they could, all the time they could, and are going to continue doing so as long as they can. Check out their Facebook page ( as they continue to love their neighbors in the midst of a disaster. - Ben Rogers, WNCC CDRC”

There is still a lot of work to be done in the recovery process of Hurricane Sally. If you are an ERT Team Leader and have a team that is ready and able to assist in Louisiana, Florida, or Alabama, see the ERT Deployment section to get connected.

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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