The Latest Edition of E-News - Schedule for Winter Leadership Training Announced and so much more!


E-News - January 5, 2022
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.


Winter Leadership Training Webinar Series Schedule Announced
Join us for a series of Conference-wide training webinars during the week of January 23-27 to resource and equip all areas of your Church leadership. The full schedule and registration are now available.


Means of Grace: Examen in the Wesleyan Tradition
As we begin 2022, Bishop Ken Carter offers a spiritual practice for the new year. This Examen in the Wesleyan Tradition walks listeners through a prayerful review of their day, rooted in our tradition as followers of Jesus in the Wesleyan Tradition. We hope this prayer meditation helps you center yourself in grace, repentance, confession, faith and love in this new year.

2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Service
January 15, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m. via Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live
The theme of the event is: Infinite Hope: Honoring the Legacy-Advancing the Vision -Fulfilling the Vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. This year's keynote speaker will be the Rev. Nelson Johnson, Executive Director of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC.

Introduction to Fresh Expressions and Why Your Church Should Start One with Bishop Carter and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand
Is your church looking for new ways to connect with its neighbors? In this one-hour webinar, we'll be joined by Bishop Ken Carter and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Hand to learn about what Fresh Expressions is and why every church should consider starting one.
Statistical Reporting for 2021 is READY and AVAILABLE!
Statistical Reporting for 2021 is READY and AVAILABLE! All statistical information must be entered and completed by Monday, January 31, 2022.


Bake with the Bible Curriculum
The conference has partnered with Edible Theology to offer their 6-week Bake with the Bible curriculum at a discounted price of only $25! Each week includes a recipe, discussion questions, and book recommendations, as well as Scriptural and cultural-historical lessons.
In Surry County, this cupboard is stocked with heart
A sidewalk food pantry at Surry Community College offers more than breakfast bars and Ramen noodles. It is a source of physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment for a rural population. Learn about this ministry and see details on 2022 grants from the Reynolds Ministry Fund. Applications are now being accepted.
Connect is Recruiting New Churches
CONNECT is a program offered by the NC Rural Center's Faith in Rural Communities aimed to help churches renew their faithful witness and connect with opportunities to improve the health and prosperity of their communities.
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Gaming Churches Host 24-Hour Charity Stream for UMCOR
Friday-Saturday, January 7-8, 2022
Three communities from the United Methodist Church that also stream games online are partnering up for a 24-hour charity stream raising money for UMCOR.

Crossnore Foster Parent Recruitment
Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 6:00 pm
We need families interested in providing a foster home for children in need. Consider fostering a child in your community. Learn what is involved in becoming a foster parent and how Crossnore will support you on this journey during our Virtual Information Session.

Stewardship webinar series kicks off next week
Thursday Evenings in January and February
If you're looking to revitalize the spirit of generosity in your congregation, please consider joining us for a Thursday evening webinar series offered as part of the United Methodist Foundation's Stewardship in the African American Church Initiative.


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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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