The Latest Edition of E-News - Update from the Juridictional & General Conference Delegation, Learn how the Church Development Office can help you relaunch your dinner church, and more


E-News - July 21, 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.


WNCC Jurisdictional & General Conference Delegation Update

Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley shares a message from the Western North Carolina General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation. The delegation will be providing periodic updates through the rescheduled General Conference.

Celebrating New Beginnings

The Conference Center was filled with laughter and fellowship Tuesday morning as the staff offered congratulations and blessings upon Bishop Leeland as he prepares for retirement and welcomed three new district superintendents.

Relaunching Dinner Church

The Church Development Office invites dinner church leaders and those who might be interested in starting a dinner church to join us for a time of food, fun, and inspiration. We will be hosting three events across the conference during the weekend of August 13-15. Learn more and register today!

Get your college student plugged in!

Are you going to college for the first time or do you know someone who is? Let us help you get connected with a Wesley Foundation Campus Minister or a United Methodist Chaplain at your school!

Mission Engagement Blog - July 2021
I’ve been trying to live into Luke 10. In that chapter, Jesus sends the 70 out into those places “he himself intended to go” but they were to go before him. They are sent out into the “harvest” without Jesus. Subsequently, they are also told what not to do. Don’t take a purse, a bag, sandals and don’t greet people on the road. Here’s what they are told to do, “Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near you.’”

In this month's Mission Engagement Blog, Rev. Rob Parsons explores what God can do through us when we embrace radical hospitality.

Renfro Trust Fund
The Renfro Trust Fund awards annual bricks-and-mortar grants to small, rural United Methodist congregations in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.
Summit Youth Conference

We are excited to announce that Summit will be returning this fall at Asheville's Crowne Plaza Expo Center, November 5-7, 2021. Summit is a weekend retreat for youth and youth groups. Summit promises lively and powerful worship, a focus on social justice, and four outstanding messages. Registration opens September 7th.


The Ultimate ReLaunch Playbook Webinar
During this webinar facilitated by bestselling author, Kay Kotan, you will discover the opportunities available during this time of disruption to RElaunch your church into the community.  Whether your church never left your building, you are already ...

Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset
In this workshop, participants learn how to change their mindset and behaviors to better engage others through training developed by the Arbinger Institute. The habits of self-awareness, mindset change, accountability, an collaboration can be contagious and help form more loving communities. Join an in-person workshop across the conference in five locations between September and November.

Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort
WNCC churches are invited to participate in a learning cohort for local church teams doing intentional ministry in racial healing and reconciliation, as well as racial equity and justice ministries.



UMW Deaconess & Home Missioner Virtual Discernment Event
Thursday, August 12, 8 p.m.
For laity in the United Methodist Church who feel called by God to a full-time vocation in service with those who are marginalized and in need in the world today, there is an opportunity to be a part of a supportive community in connection with The United Methodist Church as a deaconess or home missioner. Learn more at the virtual discernment event on Thursday, August 12.

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. 


Annual UMW District Celebrations
Dates vary throughout August 2021

We all look forward to the day when we can again gather safely in person, and experience the special joy of that wonderful supportive community of United Methodist Women that is a part of every Annual Celebration! This year, however, in an effort to care for the safety and well-being of our members the celebrations will be held virtually. Learn more about the celebration dates and Zoom information for your district.

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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