October Cabinet Recap: Celebrating Ministry in Western North Carolina


The Cabinet met on October 24-25, continuing to affirm the vision that all congregations in our conference can be inviting and serving and focusing on how we are putting feet on that vision.
The Bishop’s Emerging Leader Initiative is equipping faithful leaders and fruitful congregations. Fresh Expressions continue to move forward, with momentum with almost 50 churches receiving grants and training. We’re focused on providing more opportunities for training in congregational development through the Transformation Journey. There is continued alignment around lay servant ministries across our conference.  We also reviewed apportionment reports and gave thanks for churches being faithful to missional giving beyond the local church
The Cabinet also gave special thanks for the continued effort to provide resourcing to our local churches, with gratitude for our ministry partners Duke Divinity School and the Duke Endowment and the clergy serving in our rural churches.
The Foundation’s David Snipes began our time together with a celebration of Holy Communion and reminded us to focus on the celebration. This lasted throughout our time together as we celebrated all that God is doing in and through the United Methodist Church in Western North Carolina.

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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