The Latest Edition of E-News - ReLaunch webinar tonight, Learn how you can help strengthen the Black Church in Western NC, Celebrate Social Media Day with UMCom, and more


E-News - June 23, 2021

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.


ReLaunch Playbook Webinar is TONIGHT!
This webinar, sponsored by the WNC Leadership Development Team, is for leaders thinking about what it means to be the local church and how to show up differently in their community as both a faith community and as a disciple. It is for those who serve in churches that have already opened their doors and are thinking toward fall and for those who are still figuring it all out.
Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) - Why Membership is Important

"With everything that's happening in our society and has been happening with the Church structure for year, dating back before the merger of the Church, more than ever ring true the words of Rev. Earnest Smith for not only Black United Methodists, but for ALL United Methodists, "Our Time Under God Is Now." Right now is the time for all of us to really live out the meaning of unity so that the world will know that we are Christians by our love for one another!"

Pamela Shoffner shares more about the important work of Black Methodists for Church Renewal and offers an invitation for ALL to join. Associate members (non-Black United Methodists) are also welcome and encouraged to become a part of this work and to journey alongside their Black brothers and sisters to help make the United Methodist Church whole. Learn more today.

Means of Grace: Celebrating Juneteenth in Western North Carolina

Jesse Enniss and Kim Ingram talk with persons from two different communities who celebrated Juneteenth for the first time. Listen as Rev. D'Andre Ash, Lakeysha Medlin, and Rev. Bruce Handy share how they have nurtured compassionate, healing ministries in their communities and congregations to mend wounds inflicted by America's racial divisions. Just because the calendar date for Juneteenth has passed, it does not mean the work is over.


Ten WNCC Congregations Partner with The Duke Endowment to Improve Early Childhood Literacy in North Carolina

Ten congregations in the Western NC Conference are working with The Duke Endowment's Summer Literacy Initiative to provide six weeks of literacy instruction, enrichment activities, family engagement, meals, and wrap-around services for students and families who are traditionally underserved in rural North Carolina. Read the full report and learn how your church might be a good fit to join the Summer Literacy Initiative and improve early childhood literacy in North Carolina's rural communities.

United Methodist Communications to celebrate Social Media Day

United Methodist Communications will celebrate Social Media Day on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 with free learning opportunities throughout the day, featuring a special live learning session Q&A at 1 p.m. EST – all at

Both/And Learning Lab #1

BOTH current grant recipients AND potential grant recipients of the BOTH/AND Grants are invited to join us for the first Hybrid Worship Learning Lab. Participants will worship, learn, experiment, share, ask questions, and discover best practices around hybrid worship experiences. Learn more and register today.

WNC Lands of the Bible Cruise with Bishop Ken Carter
Announcing the Western North Carolina Annual Conference's Lands of the Bible Cruise on the Celebrity Apex with Bishop Ken Carter, Jr. (September 22, 2022)
Convocation on the Rural Church Set for 2023

The next gathering of the Convocation on the Rural Church has been rescheduled for August 7-9, 2023. As the event draws closer, you will receive more information regarding event details and registration information. Until that time, please save the date on your calendar. 



Thank you to everyone who helped to make Annual Conference 2021 a success!
Save the date for our much-anticipated return to Lake Junaluska for next year's Annual Conference, June 17-19, 2022!
2021-2022 Local Church Appointment List
Bishop Leeland and the Western North Carolina Cabinet have set the local church appointments for the 2021-2022 year.  

New WNCC Creation Care Ministry Webpage
The WNCC Creation Care Ministry Team, a sub-committee of the Justice and Reconciliation Team, has a new webpage where you can find information on starting a creation care team or green ministry at your church, ideas for how your congregation can be intentional about practicing creation care, and so much more! We invite you to explore this new website as we seek to be the best stewards of God's wonderful creation.


ImagineHub Information Session
Tuesday, June 29, 2 p.m.

Information session for faith communities who want to learn more about ImagineHub and apply for the Fall 2021 Cohort.

UM Communications: Social Media Day Live Q&A
Wednesday, June 30, 1 p.m.

This live learning session is an opportunity to answer your questions about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, livestreaming your worship service, and what social media platforms your church should use to best tell your stories.

Project AGAPE Virtual Mission Trip
Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m.
Whether you have traveled with us in the past or simply would like to know more about the work being done by North Carolina Methodists in Armenia, join us for a Virtual Mission Trip to Armenia.  We will learn about the history of Armenia and Project AGAPE, hear from past mission participants, have a live chat with Project AGAPE board and get an update from the Project AGAPE Country Director, Nara Melkonyan.  The event is FREE to everyone who registers. 


AntiRacism Ethics Training
Dates vary throughout August-November, 2021
This workshop is designed for clergy and laity together. It is essential for each pastor to identify a key lay person to attend it together with him/her as a partner in advancing the work of antiracism.
All who are under appointment or assignment in WNC are expected to participate in one of the training events over the next four years by June 2024. 


Director of Communications: Melissa McGill

Associate Director of Communications: 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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