Metro District hosts Journey to Transformation Lenten Study


If you are not yet in a Lenten study, the Metro District invites you to journey with us, as we pray, read scripture, reflect and act during the 2021 Lenten Season. 

Our Powerful Leaders/Presenters
Bishop Sharma Lewis - February 22
Ms. Benita Lefft - March 1
Rev. Dawn Hand - March 8
Dr. Tiffany Little - March 15
Mr. Linell & Mrs. Erika Robinson - March 22
Rev. David Hockett - March 29

The Lenten Season is forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on “Ash Wednesday” February 17, 2020 and ends on Holy Saturday.

We will journey for forty days of self-examination, repentance and renewal leading towards Easter. We will recall the Easter story, and how Jesus gave his life to redeem the world (us) and gave us the gift of salvation. There is no greater Love.

We invite YOU to journey with us through this Lenten season in personal introspection, repentance, forgiveness, renewal, prayer, fasting, and Biblical study. May your life be transformed and may you in turn offer love and hope to someone else.

HOSTED BY: Dr. Otto Harris, pastor at St. Mark’s UMC & Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, Metro District Vitality Strategist

Order your personal copy of the book, Journey to Transformation: 2021 Lenten Study, to participate in the study. It is available in Kindle format or as a paperback book.
*Be SURE you order the book that has a butterfly on the cover (shown below) as there is also a book by the same title and author that was published in 2020.*

Register here to attend.

We welcome you to the journey!

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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