Recap: Connectional Table meeting, October 21, 2017


The Connectional Table of the Western North Carolina Conference met for its quarterly meeting on Saturday, October 21st, at the United Methodist Foundation in Huntersville, NC.

The focus of this meeting was to continue the evaluative session from July’s meeting and to continue fostering alignment among all of the conference boards and agencies around our common mission: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

We began the meeting with a devotion and shared “glory sightings” from across the conference.

One of the many sightings celebrated was the response for hurricane disasters across the country.  The Western North Carolina Conference has collected from local churches and individuals from across our region over $400,000 dollars that is being directed toward the Annual Conferences in need, and directly through UMCOR.

The groups made reports at this meeting:

  • Mission Engagement Team
  • Conference Vitality Team
  • Leadership Development Team
  • Justice and Reconciliation Team
  • United Methodist Men
  • Board of Ordained Ministry

During reports, the Connectional Table, at the recommendation of the Mission Engagement Team,   agreed to begin a Conference Initiative with Haiti based on the large number of churches and organizations already involved with ministries in that country.  More information will be available in coming months.

The group also heard from Dan Pezet, the new Director of Congregational Development, who introduced the Nehemiah Project to strengthen local congregations.  Already, district superintendents and church vitality strategists have been identifying churches that can go from good to great through participation in the project.

Mark King, Conference Treasurer, shared an outline of the budget process that will take place in early 2018 as the conference prepares its 2019 budget.  This process considers the alignment of organizations and the most effective use of budget and conference resources.

The next meeting of the Connectional Table is scheduled for January 2018.

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


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