Luke Edwards to Join Conference Staff in Church Development


The Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that Rev. Luke Edwards is projected to be appointed as the Associate Director of Church Development in July. Director of Church Development Dan Pezet said, “Through Luke’s leadership, we have started 86 Fresh Expressions this year, and bringing him into this new role will allow him to continue and further develop that good work.”

Luke Edwards is a provisional elder and the founding pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions and campus of Boone United Methodist Church. For the past two years, he has served part time as the Coordinator of Fresh Expressions for the Western North Carolina Conference. He has also been a part of the Fresh Expressions US team since 2015. Participating in local, regional, and national levels of the Fresh Expressions movement has given Luke a unique perspective into new forms of church in a post-Christian culture. In his work, he has had conversations with pioneers of Fresh Expressions across the United States and internationally. You can hear Luke's Story on A New Thing Podcast or read about it on Asbury Voices.
Join us in welcoming Luke to the Conference Office this summer.  

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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