A Journey With Bishop Carter Across the Western NC Conference: Grace, Connection, Holiness

Schedule by District

Join Bishop Carter in your district this Winter/Spring 2023! Join the Journey as we focus on grace, connection, and holiness throughout the WNCC. The Bishop's vision is to listen, share meals, meet in small groups, pray, and worship together as a community in your churches and hometowns. Check out the schedule below. More details and registrations will be added as they become available. 

Catawba Valley

Sunday, January 22 - Monday, January 23

Sunday, Jan. 22nd

  • 10am - Bishop Carter preaching at Central UMC in Shelby
  • 2pm - Meeting with all laity who can be present to "chat with the Bishop" (Central UMC)
  • 6pm - Meeting with Local Pastors over supper in Gastonia (Place TBD)

Monday, Jan. 23rd

  • 7:45am - Women Clergy Continental Breakfast with the Bishop at McKendree UMC in Lincolnton
  • 9:30am - District Wide Clergy Meeting (McKendree UMC)
  • 12pm - Large Church Pastors' Lunch with Bishop Carter (McKendree UMC)
  • 2pm - Young Clergy Meeting (35 years old and younger) with Bishop Carter at First UMC in Lincolnton
  • 4pm - Clergy of Color Meeting with Bishop Carter (First UMC)



Sunday, January 29 - Monday, January 30

Sunday, Jan. 29th

  • 11am - Bishop Carter preaching at First UMC in Asheboro (Traditional Worship)
  • 12pm - Lunch with La Luz De Cristo (First UMC)
  • 2:30pm - Bishop Carter tour of Lydia's Place in Asheboro
  • 4:30pm - District Ministry Council and Laity involved at District level with Bishop Carter at Macedonia UMC in Lexington
  • After Meeting - Tour of Macedonia Food Ministry (Macedonia UMC)

Monday, Jan. 30th

  • 8:30am - Bishop Carter breakfast at Grace Place in Albemarle
  • 10:30am - Young Clergy with Bishop Carter at Central UMC in Albemarle
  • 12pm - Lunch at the District Office in Albemarle
  • 3pm - Fresh Expressions & Missional Network Leaders with Bishop Carter at First UMC in Salisbury

Northern Piedmont

Sunday, February 5 - Monday, February 6

Sunday, Feb. 5th

  • 9am - Bishop Carter preaching at West Market Street UMC in Greensboro (Modern Worship)
  • 11am - Bishop Carter preaching at West Market Street UMC in Greensboro (Traditional Worship)
  • 3pm - African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino clergy afternoon gathering with Bishop Carter at Collins Grove UMC in Greensboro
  • 6pm - Clergy serving cross-cultural/cross-racial appointments evening meal with Bishop Carter and Maria King (Place TBD)

Monday, Feb. 6th

  • 10am - Clergy Women gathering with Bishop Carter at Morehead UMC in Greensboro
  • 12:15pm - Clergy couples lunch with Bishop Carter (Morehead UMC)
  • 3pm - Campus Ministers afternoon tea with Bishop Carter at the District Office in Greensboro

**On Sunday, February 12th at 2pm, Northern Piedmont Clergy and Laity are invited to join the Yadkin Valley Clergy and Laity for a combined  gathering at St. Paul UMC in Winston Salem.**

Yadkin Valley

Sunday, February 12 - Monday, February 13

Sunday, Feb. 12th

  • 11am - Bishop Carter preaching at St. Paul UMC in Winston Salem 
  • 2pm - Clergy and Laity meeting with Bishop Carter at St. Paul UMC in Winston Salem (Northern Piedmont Clergy & Laity also invited to attend)

Monday, Feb. 13th

  • 9am - Bishop Carter meets with pastors who are Remaining UMC (but are currently serving churches that are disaffiliating) at the District Office in Winston Salem
  • 10:30am - All clergy meeting at Woosley Chapel at Crossnore in Winston Salem
  • 11:30am - Lunch (District Office)
  • 1pm - Women clergy meeting (Woosley Chapel at Crossnore)
  • 2:30pm - Pastors of Color and those in cross-racial or cross-cultural appointments meeting (District Office)
  • 3:45pm - Andrew Applegate of Arbor Acres (District Office)


Monday, February 27 - Tuesday, February 28

Monday, Feb. 27th

  • 10am - Meet with clergy in the Statesville area who are remaining United Methodist at Your Coffee Place in Troutman​
  • 11am - Tour around Troutman with Rev. Jeff Hamrick to see the growth in that area
  • 12:30pm - Tour newly updated facilities at the Appalachian District office and have lunch with the district Strategy Team, Lay Associates, and laity serving on district teams
  • 3pm - Recording of Stories Along the Journey podcast with Rev. Lory Beth Huffman, Rev. Gloria Hughes, Katie Hutton, and Bishop Carter
  • 5:30pm - Tour App State Wesley and join the students for community dinner and prayer/communion service
  • 7:30pm - Meet with clergy in the Watauga/Ashe area (Location TBD)

Tuesday, Feb. 28th

  • 9:30am - Coffee with Rural Mountain Cohort at Mt. Zion UMC in Piney Creek
  • 12pm - Lunch in Boone
  • 2pm - Meet with Caldwell County Missional Network at First UMC in Lenoir

Smoky Mountain

Sunday, April 2 - Monday, April 3

Sunday, Apr. 2nd

  • 11am - Bishop Carter preaching at Cherokee UMC 
  • 12pm - Lunch following the worship service with Native American UM members at Cherokee UMC
  • 4pm - Bishop gathering with lay and clergy members at First UMC in Franklin

Monday, Apr. 3rd

  • 8am - Bishop breakfast and conversation with leaders of non-profit organizations at Lake Junaluska
  • 11am - Bishop gathering with lay and clergy members at Central UMC in Canton

Blue Ridge

Wednesday, May 10 - Thursday, May 11

Wednesday, May 10th

  • 10am - Meet & Tour the District Offices at the Blue Ridge District Office
  • 10:30am - Fresco Viewing at Haywood Street Congregation
  • 11am - Lunch (Haywood Street Congregation)
  • 12pm - Worship (Haywood Street Congregation)
  • 2pm - Meeting with Pastors of Congregations with Innovative & Emerging Ministries at Trinity UMC in Asheville
  • 6pm - Dinner with Pastors & Lay Leaders Trained in TOP (Technology of Participation) at Covenant Community UMC in Asheville

Thursday, May 11th

  • 9am - Breakfast at Brooks-Howell Retirement Home in Asheville
  • 11am - Givens Estate Luncheon with a Q&A with Retired UM Pastors & Spouses
  • 2pm - Meeting with Pastors of Intentionally Inclusive Congregations at Montmorenci UMC in Candler
  • 4pm - Pilgrims from the 2022 Montgomery Pilgrimage Share Their Experiences at the Blue Ridge District Office
  • 6pm - Nominated Lay Leaders Dinner at Black Mountain UMC


Sunday, May 21 - Monday, May 22

Sunday, May 21st

  • 10am - Bishop Carter preaching at Light Of Christ UMC in Charlotte
  • 11:30am - Tour Development Projects
  • 1:30pm - Lunch with Local Church Pastors at Greater Vision UMC in Huntersville
  • 3:30pm - Laity Session (Open to all) at University City UMC in Charlotte
  • 5:30pm - Connectional Leadership Appreciation Dinner (University City UMC)

Monday, May 22nd

  • 8:30am - Breakfast with Clergy of Color at Harrisburg UMC 
  • 10am - Young Clergy Meeting (Harrisburg UMC)
  • 11:30am - Lunch Development and FX Pastors (Harrisburg UMC)
  • 1pm - Clergy Women Meeting at Matthews UMC