The Latest Edition of E-News - Hurricane Dorian, Deacon Day, Spiritual Renewal Grants


E-News - September 4

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. Submit articles for the next e-news. Submit events.


Hurricane Dorian Update, ERT Training, and Donations
Hurricane Update: We are monitoring Hurricane Dorian closely. We advise churches to prepare for eventual storm damage should Dorian move toward North Carolina. If you are currently an Early Response Team (ERT) member, please remember to only deploy ...

Deacon Day 
Come join your fellow WNCC Deacons at Bethesda UMC in Asheville as we take a look at ministry through the lens of Fresh Expressions. This is an opportunity to vision forward in ways that honor others, meet them where they are and share the love of ...

Spiritual Renewal Grant for WNC Clergy and Lay Ministry Professionals
The Leadership Development Team wants to help foster your own spiritual growth, as you foster the spiritual walks of others.  Refresh your soul and renew your spirit through one of the many opportunities identified by the LDT!  Paid church leaders ...
2020 Health Rates Memo
The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits upon recommendation from the Health Benefits Subcommittee of the Board has approved the 2020 rate schedule for our Conference Active and Retiree Health Plans.
Wesley Heritage with Bishop Paul Leeland
Want to Learn More About All Things Wesley? Join the Western North Carolina Conference in June 2020 on a trip exploring Methodist history. One important aspect of being United Methodist is our connection to the historical roots of our Church. ...
Uwharrie District hosts breakfasts to discuss the Opioid Crisis
Are you interested in learning more about the state of our state when it comes to opioids? Are you interested in learning more about ways your congregation can get involved with the Opioid Crisis? If so please join the North Carolina Council of ...
Mentoring Pew Sitters into Servant Leaders
Sessions include: 1. A look at, and assessment of, the issue/dilemma of why people do not volunteer? And, re-forming and re-framing our style of recruitment... 2.  The Necessity of Pruning (Programs, ministries, poisonous and dysfunctional) 3.  ...

The Ancient Tree
Rev. Ashley Crowder-Stanley shares on

A giant red oak tree fell across the road in our neighborhood during a particularly violent storm this summer, taking out other trees as well as a split-rail fence. None of us who drove by the next morning could believe that the stately titan had toppled. I walked over to take a closer look. I was astonished to discover that, even though it had looked healthy and leafy on the outside, there was decay at its core. Now, its wide, thick trunk stuck up from the ground—broken, splintered and exposed. Things looked final for the ancient tree.

Women at the Wellsprings
Drawing from the rich wellsprings of the monastic tradition, Women at the Wellsprings is designed to assist women pastoral leaders serving in congregational settings discover a rhythm of prayer and develop spiritual practices for sustaining...
Messy Church Training in October
Is your church looking for ways to connect with families with children in your community? Messy Church is a type of fresh expression that is having a huge impact in the UK, Canada, and Australia. Messy Church combines crafts, a meal, and a brief ...


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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







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