The Latest Edition of E-News - Spiritual Renewal Grants, 2020 Health Rates, Wesley Heritage, Día de Visión, and more


E-News - September 18

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.


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...
Expresiones Divinas: Día de Visión
¿Te cuesta conectarte con personas fuera de la comunidad de tu iglesia? ¿Es la adoración dominical tu único método para presentar a tus vecinos a Jesús? ¿Tienen las personas en tu iglesia tienen amigos/as no cristianos/as? ¿Te es difícil 
Clergy: How are you? The Duke Clergy Health Initiative wants to know.
The 2019 edition of the Duke Clergy Health Initiative’s Statewide Survey is under way. If you are an appointed or recently retired pastor in the Western North Carolina Conference, you should have recently received a welcome packet in the mail...
We are wrapping up our annual inventory at the Resource Center and purging items to make room for the new. Visit by October 1 to shop our FREE resources that you can add to your shelves (and never return!). You'll find Adam Hamilton DVD kits, ...
Eating Together Faithfully Training Retreat Nov. 15-17
We've found that something holy happens around the table together. Community is nourished. Relationships are built. Conversations are rich. God is present. A vision for transformation is planted.
Early Response Team Training
Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) go into an affected area after the first responders have secured the area and invited them in. Disaster Response works with and deploys ERTs. Mission Operations trains and re-certifies ERTs. Their purpose is to assist ...
Seven Strategies to Navigate Change
A primary task of leaders is to initiate lasting and useful change in their congregations, and/or effectively navigate the whitewater of change in which they find themselves.
Praying the Scriptures
Contemplative Outreach describes Lectio Divina as follows: “Like Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina cultivates contemplative prayer. Unlike Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina is a participatory active practice that uses thoughts, images and insights to ...
Heritage Preservation Workshop, hosted by the SEJ Commission on Archives & History
Heritage Preservation Workshop: Back to the Basics November 8 – 9, 2019  The Heritage Center @ Lake Junaluska, NC For archivists, historians, secretaries… and anyone interested and concerned about United Methodist History.
Mission Connection Team Meeting
The Mission Connection Leadership Team of the Western NC Conference of The United Methodist Church will be hosting a Mission Connection Team Meeting on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm at Huntersville UMC. We will be gathering at 9:30 ...


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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


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