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Disciplemaking in the Heart of Appalachia

winter blitz is February 3-5 
Scholarships Available!

Central Appalachian Missionary Conference is pleased to be able to serve our youth during their next steps in education. Do you live in the area served by our conference? You may qualify.

 Read the guidelines and submit your application!

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Ministry Opportunity in Central Appalachia

Red Bird Missionary Conference is seeking clergy and/or seminary students who want to fulfill their calling within a local church of the United Methodist Church and within the Red Bird Missionary Conference. The right candidate shall be willing to lead a church toward becoming a healthy, revitalized church that is missionally effective. To do this, pastors should grow personally, and to lead a congregation to have more vitality within the local church and community, that make disciples who transform their community. Both Part-Time and Full-Time positions are available. If this sounds like the type of ministry you would like to be a part of, please contact the Conference Superintendent, Rev. Karen Stigall at (606) 658 – 6039 or via email at

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Mountain Range

With recent flooding, 8 inches of rain in a few areas, we see the Glory of God at work.  A few of our pastors are reporting that there are many homes and businesses that have damage; and families have been evacuated. And two of our counties, within the Conference boundaries, are without water for the foreseeable time. But, in all of this, we are seeing the Glory of God at work.  In Beattyville, one of the towns hardest hit, while you still can’t drive downtown because of high water, there are people parking several blocks away. These are volunteers in the community who want to help business owners clean their buildings.  In Booneville we are seeing volunteers handing out bottled water in the parking lot of the Family Life Center. Inside food and clothing are available for those affected by highwater. Many of the churches in both communities have come together for shelter and giving all the help they can.

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Thousandsticks VBS Helps With Flood Recovery

Thousandsticks UMC held their Vacation Bible School August 15-17 with the assistance of a Youth Team and Adults from Heaven Bound Church in Pennsylvania. This year's VBS took place less than 2 weeks after the catastrophic flooding that impacted our region. VBS & Youth Director, Shirley Amundsen, felt led to connect the children attending VBS with the impact the flooding had on the community. She helped lead them in roles to help with the recovery.

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personal transformation

  • Health and Wellness

  • Food Security

  • Clothing Bank

  • Health Department Partnership

Leadership Transformation

  • Discipleship

  • Church Vitalization

  • Mission Outposts

Community Transformation

  • Harlan County Outreach

  • Lee County Outreach

  • Owsley County Outreach

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Disaffiliation statement from Bishop Leonard Fairley

I share this statement as a shepherd who loves the people of the church and not so much as a biblical scholar, parliamentary expert, or expert interpreter of the Book of Discipline. I am restating that in no way should my kindness or the Annual Conference’s posture of graciousness be an encouragement for churches to disaffiliate.

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