Statement From The Western North Carolina General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation


On Saturday, March 7, the Western North Carolina General and Jurisdictional Conference delegation met and adopted the following statement:
We, the Western North Carolina Delegation request that the Commission on the General Conference take such action as is necessary for the full consideration of legislation related to the Protocol and the Christmas Covenant from the Philippines, by a Committee of the Whole.  We urge the Christmas Covenant, particularly including legislation for the creation of a U.S. Regional Conference, be considered first by the 2020 General Conference, followed by the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation, following the adoption of organizing motions.

The Western North Carolina Delegation


General Conference: Jennifer Davis, Amy Johnson, Greg Huffman, Lynne Gilbert, Emma Austin, Havaleh Havelka, Shannon Sherfey, Helen Ryde, Lynette Whitaker, Linda Linfors

Jurisdictional Conference: Tonya Lanier, Dana Lyles, Sandy Hieronymus, Caroline Wood, Kathy FitzJefferies, Amy DeVore, Matt Sink, Erin Betlej, Tom Jordan, Megan Jones

Alternates: Tim Kincaid, Coley Hooker, Wade Loftin


General Conference: Kim Ingram, Amy Coles, Jeremy Troxler, James Howell, In-Yong Lee, Ashley Crowder Stanley, Shelly Webb, Carter Ellis, Darryl Dayson, John Sherfey

Jurisdictional Conference: David Hockett, Sally Queen, Sam Moore, Veranita Alvord, Uiyeon Kim, Lory Beth Huffman, Elizabeth Coppedge-Henley, Stephanie Hand, Julia Trantham Heckert, Sarah Belles

Alternates: John Boggs, Lynda Ferguson, Ben Carson


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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