The United Methodist Credit Union Helps Churches with CARES Act


SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Many of you have churches in your areas of responsibility that are considering or have already decided to apply for a loan through the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). I am writing today to let you know that The United Methodist Credit Union (TUMCU) is a participating institution in the program and would be happy to assist any UMC church or related organization in this regard. Please forward this email to anybody that might need this resource.

Our online application and other information about the SBA program is available at Once the initial application is made, the same site will also provide a secure online portal to upload the documents required in the loan process.

We are trying to make this effort as painless as possible and will try to expedite all applications as best we can, but please know that changes are being made to the policies, procedures, and scope of this program literally on a daily basis by the SBA. Accordingly, all applicants need to know that the closing and funding of these loans may not be as soon as many are hoping for as we are reliant on the SBA for an approval to disburse funds.

However, If any of your churches need more immediate help, we also have a capacity to process simplified low-interest emergency loans as well. Please call us at (866) 657-0004 if this is of interest.
Both programs require the church or organization to be a credit union member. If the church is not already a member, we can take care of that while the requested loan is in the underwriting process (and it's free to join, of course).

As always, we are proud to help United Methodist churches in any way we can to get through this challenging period.

Blessings to all,
The United Methodist Credit Union
(866) 657-0004
*Serving these United Methodist Conferences: Virginia, North Carolina, Western North Carolina,
West Virginia, and Baltimore-Washington (churches and organizations only).

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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