November Cabinet Recap - Building The Church For The Future


At the November 14 meeting of the Extended Cabinet, Bishop Leeland celebrated signs of hope moving us into the years ahead. The United Methodist Church will continue serving, worshiping and answering our call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world for years to come. 
From our conference disaster relief response to seminary debt reduction programs to the 80+ commissioned clergy preparing for ordination, the Cabinet shared signs of light and hope moving us into the future of the Church.
The Mission Engagement Team is piloting a mission cohort, beginning in January, to change the missional imagination in our conference from relief to empowerment.
The United Methodist Foundation recently reached an all time high of managed assets and received a Lilly Endowment grant for a new financial literacy program for mid-career clergy. 
The work of the Extended Cabinet focused on strengthening the day-to-day ministry of local churches and clergy across the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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







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