The Latest Edition of E-News - August 29



E-News - August 29

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.


Preaching Cohorts Offered by Leadership Development
Check out the many upcoming Preaching Cohorts being offered this Fall by the Leadership Development team...more
Congratulations to our GBHEM Young Clergy Initiative Grant Receipients
Congratulations to Rimes McElveen, Stephen Cheyney, and Dawn Livingston for being 2018 grant recipients from our Conference for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Young Clergy Initiative. These grants are awarded annually to programs ...more
Tax and Legal Update: Stealing God’s Money - Webinar
According to LifeWay Research, roughly one in ten churches have had funds stolen. In conversation with a local CPA, he reports that “I have had more investigations/inquiries this year (2018) already than I have had in the past three years.” ...more
INVE$T YC (Young Clergy) promotes financial health and personal practices. Many young clergy begin their ministry with significant debt and don’t have the tools, skills, and experience to budget, save, and eliminate debt. This can interfere with ...more


Clergy Debt Reduction Application Deadline
Active clergy in good standing, physically residing within the geographical boundaries of, and serving at least ½ compensation time to an Episcopal appointment made by the resident Bishop of The Western North Carolina Conference of The UMC are ...more
Application Deadline for Anam Cara Spiritual Director Training
Anam Cara is a two-year missional spiritual direction training program that, along with traditional preparation for one-on-one spiritual direction, moves participants toward a posture of spiritual direction within the wider context of the ...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
Effecting and Implementing Change workshop
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
Using Influence to Manage Change and Transition
This two-day workshop has been carefully designed to provide clergy and lay leaders the abilities and insights they need to more effectively influence and manage change in their church. For more information, click here...more
Great Ministry in the Second-Half of Life: Rediscovering Meaning, Balance, Joy, and Success
Great Ministry in the Second-Half of Life is designed for ministry leaders over the age of 50 with a minimum of 10 years of service to the church. In a beautiful retreat setting, we will: examine research about mid-career reflect on our own lives ...more
Mindset First: How To Achieve Conflict Transformation
This event will help individuals and teams move from the default self-focus of an "inward mindset” (which invites resistance and conflict) to the mission-focus of an outward mindset. Participants will be given tools to:  Be self-aware of their ...more
Social Justice as Evangelism featuring Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III - United Methodist Foundation
This is a free event presented by the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina which is generously sponsored by the Reynolds Ministry Fund. The event is open to United Methodist clergy and laity in the Western North Carolina Conference. ...more

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Director of Communications: Melissa McGill
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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