Rebate money available for churches to go solar


Dear Fellow United Methodist Congregations,
Duke Energy is currently giving away FREE MONEY to nonprofit organizations that decide to Go Solar!  
Our congregation, First United Methodist Church of Stanley, North Carolina (on CommonGround), has recently installed a 15,000 watt solar array which was added to a previously installed 5,000 watt solar array for a system total of 20,000 watt AC power. Considering we have added a 15,000 watt system, we will receive $11,250 (75 cents/watt) from Duke Energy. Our total system will generate more than $4,000 a year in power savings. The panels and inverters installed also have a 25-year parts warranty, which guarantees our church roughly $100,000 in power savings during the life of the panels and inverters.
A member of our church, Morgan Ensley, a recent engineering graduate, is pursuing a career in renewable energy, specifically the installation of solar arrays, electric car charging stations, and solar water heating systems. Morgan has helped lead our church’s project to completion. To further this, he created an insured LLC and is giving free estimates to non-profit organizations that may be interested in going solar also. If you and your church are interested in this opportunity to save money as you care for God’s Creation, please contact Morgan Ensley via / (704) 964-2799.
Rev. Noel N. Sweezy
First United Methodist Church
on CommonGround
5481 Hickory Grove Road
Stanley, NC 28164

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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