The Latest Edition of E-News - July 31



E-News - July 31

E-News is a bi-weekly newsletter sent out by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. It contains important news, stories, and events from around our conference. Articles for the next e-news can be submitted here.


Melissa McGill to Serve as Director of Communications
Please join us in welcoming the newest member to the Western North Carolina Conference staff, Melissa McGill, in the role of Director of Communications, effective August 20th. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Wofford College in ...more
Way Forward Report Released In All Four Official Languages of General Conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in English, French, Portuguese and Swahili; all four official languages of the General Conference.  The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of ...more
Conference United Methodist Men Designate Week of Prayer
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE UNITED METHODIST MEN DESIGNATE WEEK OF PRAYER   The week of August 6th thru 10th has been designated as a week of men coming together in prayer. During this week of prayer, the men of the Western North Carolina ...more
GBHEM Doubles the Dollar Amount United Methodist Students Can Borrow to Pursue Higher Education
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 19, 2018 – The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced an increase in the maximum amount United Methodist students can borrow to pursue their education. Students ...more

Invitation to attend CCDA 2018 in Chicago
July 19, 2018 The WNCC continues its work to realize and respond to the changing landscape of the nation. Many churches have taken advantage to start Fresh Expressions in their congregation and the Missional Engagement team continues to think of ...more

United Methodist Rural Advocates Legislative Consultation
The WNC United Methodist Rural Advocates (UMRA) and Town & County Committee will be sponsoring a small delegation to attend the UMRA Legislative Consultation in Minneapolis Oct 2-5, 2018.  If you are interested in joining this gathering on behalf of ...more
National Caucus of Latino/Hispanic Ministries (MARCHA) Coming to Charlotte
St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church will be hosting the Opening Service of the United Methodist National Caucus of Hispanic/Latino Ministries (MARCHA) on Thursday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m.  There will be five bishops in attendance, we will have Holy ...more
Clergy Debt Reduction Loan Program
Creating good stewards of God’s financial resources Application Deadline August 30, 2018 The Clergy Debt Reduction Loan Team is promoting its first loan offering this year!   Loans will be offered at 1.5% interest for a period not to exceed 15 years...more



Come enjoy a weekend of laughter while strengthening your marriage with Mark Gungor the Comedic Relationship & Personality Expert who travels the world to help couples boost their marriage through humor at Matthews United Methodist Church Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage with Mark Gungor on Friday, September 7, from 7:00-10:00 pm and Saturday, September 8, from 9:00 am- Noon. Watch Mark here. Event is $35 per person. Childcare provided if you reserve by August 20 with Kim Layton. Purchase tickets here.

Several Lost & Found items from Annual Conference are being held at the Conference Secretary’s office.  To claim an item, please contact Marsha Patton, or (704) 535-2260 x122. Items turned in directly to Lake Junaluska may be located through the “Lost & Found Reporting” link at


SpiritUS 2018 - Weekend # 1
August 4-6  SpiritUS is an annual youth event of the Western North Carolina UMC. Youth groups from all over the NC region come together for music, speakers, faith formation, and joyful fun at the beach!! We will have two great weekends of SPIRITUS ...more
Disaster Response Meeting
The Western NC Conference Committee on Relief invites you to a Disaster Response meeting, Thursday August 9 from 10am – 3pm at Trinity UMC in Statesville. Lunch will be provided. The meeting will include an overview of the Committee’s new structure, ...more
SpiritUS 2018 - Weekend # 2
August 10-12 SpiritUS is an annual youth event of the Western North Carolina UMC. Youth groups from all over the NC region come together for music, speakers, faith formation, and joyful fun at the beach!! We will have two great weekends of SPIRITUS ...more
Festival of Wisdom and Grace
August 13-16 Lake Junaluska will host the Festival of Wisdom and Grace, a conference for those looking for purpose and renewal in the second half of life, from August 13-16. The conference invites all older adults to attend, from those nearing ...more
Thursday, AUGUST 16, 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. Do you have questions about charge conference reports and end-of-the year statistical reports?  If so, don’t miss the WNC PAUMCS Workshop on  Thursday, AUGUST 16,  St. Luke’s UMC  52 16th Avenue NW  Hickory, ...more
A Welcoming Table - A Ministry WITH Experience
August 29-31, 2018 A Welcoming Table- A Ministry WITH the poor experiential training event Haywood Street Congregation, Asheville, NC More info here...more
Partnering with Laity: Improving Culture and Processes to Achieve Excellence
Clergy are invited to a two day, highly interactive workshop focused on developing, coaching, and mentoring staff and lay leadership to achieve significant improvement in processes and culture, hosted by John Dyer, a life-long member of the UMC with ...more
A Weekend with Dr. Jerry Wright
September 7-9, 2018   Jungian Psychology and Celtic Spirituality: Resources for a Grounded Mysticism The Retreat will seek to address the deep hunger for a soulful spirituality, one which overcomes the centuries-old splits between matter and spirit, ...more
Grant Writing Seminar (Free) - United Methodist Foundation
The United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina invites you to attend a free Grant Writing Seminar on Friday, September 14, 2018. For many years, ministries in and around the Western North Carolina Conference have been supported by gifts ...more
Retiring Well
9/24/18-9/25/18 Registration starts at 1pm on Monday and concludes 12pm on Tuesday. Price: $75 Single & $95 Couples. Food: Dinner will be provided on Monday. Breakfast will be provided on Tuesday. Lodging: Overnight lodging will be provided at the ...more
Effecting and Implementing Change workshop
10/4-20/5-Effecting and Implementing Change Workshop Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5, 2018 at the Hickory Conference Center. sponsored by Moxley & Associates More information to follow...more

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Events may be submitted here.

Conference Webmaster: Chris Hampton


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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