The Latest Edition of E-News - Cabinet Calls for Removal of Monument, Conference Events Go Virtual, Zoom Pricing Deal, and more


E-News - July 8, 2020

E-News is an email 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.


The Western North Carolina Conference Extended Cabinet Calls for Removal of Confederate Monument Adjacent to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

As leaders of the United Methodist Church in Western North Carolina, we call on the Mt. Zion Monumental Association to remove its Confederate monument in Cornelius, North Carolina. This monument sits adjacent to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, and the leadership of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church has asked that it be moved.


Plans Move Forward to Hold Annual Conference Virtually on August 8

Given the current challenges of meeting in-person and keeping our constituencies safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize it is no longer feasible to gather 3,000 people in the same location. Therefore, Bishop Leeland, the Cabinet, and Conference Secretary, Rev. Kim Ingram, propose a virtual meeting on August 8, 2020. Lay and clergy delegates to the 2020 Annual Conference will receive a paper ballot in the mail to approve moving Annual Conference to a virtual platform this year. Please return this ballot by July 15.

In Memoriam: Dr. Nancy K. Andersen

On Monday, June 22, 2020, Dr. Nancy K. Andersen, Archivist Emerita of the WNC Conference, entered the more immediate presence of the Lord. During her years of service as Archivist of the WNC Conference, Nancy brought a wealth of knowledge to the position.  She made answering questions of and assisting patrons with their research requests her top priorities.  Nancy has been recognized for her dedication to record keeping, her flexibility, and her persistence. Praise God for the life and service of Dr. Nancy Keever Andersen!

Get One Year of Zoom Meetings for $60 (regularly $240)!

The Office of Church Development is excited to announce that we have negotiated a great deal to offer corporate licenses to all WNC Conference churches through Zoom.

These licenses have several great features, such as: Hosting up to 300 participants per meeting, unlimited number and length of meetings, cloud recording, polling, chat, dial in numbers for audio by phone, streaming to online services (like Facebook Live), and transcription.

The discounted price is a year of Zoom for $120, which is half off the regular price. The Office of Church Development is also offering a $60 matching grant to the first 500 churches that request it (limit one per church). Churches can register for as many licenses as you need, but there is a limit of one matching grant per church.

Clergy Compensation Report for July 1 Appointment Changes

Did you move to a new appointment on July 1? If so, we request that you fill out a new Clergy Compensation Report in your church or people/clergy dashboard.

Carolina Black Clergy COVID Webinar Series:
"Corona-Defense: How to Live a BOD4GOD Lifestyle"

The 60-minute webinar will highlight the importance of "eating to live" and not "living to eat" during a pandemic. This information will identify the direct correlation between what we eat and our current health/how we feel. We will also learn that although exercise is only 20% of the equation, it is still a vital part of living a BOD4GOD lifestyle.

Means of Grace: Mental & Spiritual Health: Body, Mind, Soul

In the latest episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Director of Missional Engagement and Connectional Ministries Caroline Wood, and guests Rev. Eddie Ingram and Dr. Lori Dickson, explore how stress affects mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Rev. Ingram explains the Enneagram types and helps us understand each type’s unique response to stress. Dr. Dickson shares the challenges and joys of serving as a general practitioner in a rural community lacking in mental health resources.

Listen at or wherever you get your podcasts.

Mission Engagement Blog - July 2020
Check out the Mission Engagement Blog page for a new blog by Rev. Steve Cheyney. This month's topic is "Moving from Feel Good to Formative Mission Trips." 
Thank You, WNCC! From Africa University

Thank you for loving your neighbor as you do and for building a tremendous legacy through Africa University. Africa University’s transformative ministry is thriving because United Methodists continue to pray for and invest in it. Best of all, the steadfast generosity of Western North Carolina United Methodist congregations inspires and sustains our students as they grow in faith, claim and work towards God’s promise of abundant life.

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries Offering
Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries (DBOM) Offering will take place on Sunday, August 23rd or anytime this summer or fall.  For 21 years, DBOM has offered volunteer-led Disciple Bible Study ministry in our state and federal prisons and juvenile training schools.  Thousands of inmates have received ministry from DBOM.  Now, in light of changing times, DBOM is revisioning to provide even greater work among our churches!
Local Church Historian School offered by GCAH

GCAH is offering a FREE, 12-week course on capturing and preserving the history and stories of the local church. For church historians—or anyone interested in the story of their church! Register now for the school starting mid-September.

Family Retreat and Mission Opportunities at Hinton Rural Life Center

Hinton Rural Life Center is responding to individual and family needs to retreat, reflect, and renew during this uncertain and stressful time by offering affordable options to getaway, but still be mindful of protecting oneself and others.

Director of Communications: Melissa McGill

Communications Ministry Assistant: Aimee Yeager

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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