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Thank You from Bishop Carter

Bishop Carter shares a message of thanks to our churches, congregations, and clergy for their faithful giving during 2021.

Bishop Ken Carter to Give Keynote Address to Open Week of Winter Leadership Webinars

Bishop Carter will give the keynote address on the opening night of the weeklong Winter Leadership Training webinar series. Bishop Carter's address, titled "Our Pathways to the Post-COVID Church," will explore four interrelated pathways to the Post-Covid Church. All laity and clergy are invited to participate. Join Bishop Carter Sunday, January 23, at 5 p.m. to explore the journey we are called to walk together. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following the presentation.

Clergy Leadership Webinar with Author, Tod Bolsinger

On Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m., Bishop Carter will moderate a webinar led by Tod Bolsinger on his book Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. The webinar is open to all WNCC clergy.

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.

Bishop Carter Shares a Christmas Message with the Conference

Bishop Ken Carter shares a Christmas Message with the Western North Carolina Conference.

Bishop and Cabinet Share Reminder of COVID-19 Best Practices for Ministry

With COVID infections on the rise, increased hospitalizations over the past 4 weeks, and the highly contagious nature of both the Delta and Omicron variants, the Bishop and Cabinet of the Western North Carolina Conference are sending this reminder of best practices for ministry gatherings.

Fresh Expressions PRE-CONFERENCE @ Exponential 2022 in Orlando!

Fresh Expressions PRE-CONFERENCE @ Exponential 2022 in Orlando! Join us at a Pre-Conference Workshop entitled: "Fresh Expressions: Multiplication, Multi-site, and Missional Vitality for Everyday Christians" featuring Bishop Ken Carter and WNCC-Metro District's Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand. The realities of the last two years have thrust the church into a new era.  The challenge before us is not only to rebuild but to build anew.  For the foreseeable future we need a way of being church that is flexible in form, timely in context, rooted in depth, and scalable in resource.  This is the call for a new kind of local church.

Bishop Carter Offers Simple Guidance for Preachers on Christmas Eve

As pastors and congregations prepare to receive guests on Christmas Eve, Bishop Carter offers simple, heartfelt advice. Keep the sermon brief but grace filled. Appeal to people’s generosity. And make sure those inspired to begin their faith journeys are invited to take the next step.

Bishop Carter and Appointive Cabinet Announce Final Clergy Appointment Change for January 1

In consultation with clergy and lay leadership (Book of Discipline, 426), the Bishop and Cabinet are pleased to announce a final appointment change that will become effective on January 1, 2022. Rev. Susan Hoyle will be appointed to Hinshaw UMC in Greensboro following the retirement of Rev. Mark R. Smith. Rev. Hoyle has been the pastor of the Centenary – Hodgin Memorial charge in Stoneville for the past seven years. The Bishop and Cabinet believe that she will offer vibrant and effective leadership to this diverse congregation and community in south Greensboro.

Bishops Pledge to Take Action to Address the Climate Crisis

In an early November session of the UMC Council of Bishops, they recognized the current climate crisis to be “an existential crisis the Church cannot ignore.” Bishops then approved five responses to the climate crisis, which they acknowledged is increasing the severity of natural disasters around the world and contributing to record global migration. In response, the WNCC Creation Care Ministry Team pledges to prioritize climate-related programs and actions in 2022 and beyond.

Bishop Ken Carter Shares a Message of Thanksgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Bishop Ken Carter reminds us that we are Eucharistic people - people of connection and thanksgiving - who are called to give and receive with humility and gratitude in all circumstances.

Bishop Carter & Appointive Cabinet Announce Additional Clergy Appointments

In consultation with clergy and lay leadership (Book of Discipline, 426), the Bishop and Cabinet are pleased to announce two more mid-year appointments to begin on January 1, 2022. Rev. Amy Spivey will be appointed to St. Lukes UMC in Hickory, following 5 years of service at Monticello in Statesville. Rev. Carol Carkin will be appointed as the interim pastor at First UMC in Mount Holly after serving 5 years at Central (Concord). Both have served in various contexts and settings across the conference, and the Bishop and Cabinet believe that Rev. Spivey and Rev. Carkin will bring vital, effective, and faithful leadership to these new appointments.

Sermon: Bishop Carter welcomes the congregation of SouthPark Church "Home" during their grand opening worship

Bishop Carter recently had the privilege to preach during the grand opening worship celebration of SouthPark Church in Charlotte. After eight years, this congregation is now able to worship in their new building. In his sermon, Bishop Carter took the opportunity to welcome them "Home." We invite you to listen to Bishop Carter's full sermon and join in their celebration.

Bishops Share a Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops ended its Fall meeting on Friday having spent time in worship, plenary and covenant groups as they seek God’s guidance to lead The United Methodist Church. The worship services were coordinated by Bishops Sharma Lewis and Lawson Bryan, and were led by Bishops Harald Rückert, David Bard and LaTrelle Easterling. The bishops, from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, overwhelmingly approved a narrative that provides a framework and begins to paint a ...

Saturday Morning with Bishop Carter

Bishop Carter shares about his week in Western North Carolina, his thoughts on baseball, morning walks around Lake Junaluska, and the coffee he's drinking the week.

Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism: Nurturing Entrepreneurial Mindsets

Nurturing Entrepreneurial Mindsets is a free 4-week course that explores Methodism’s rich history of innovation to help imagine fresh ways individuals and churches can bear witness to the reign of God. “The Heart of Methodism” was itself a return to the life-giving practices and mindsets core to the ancient church that continued in the ministry of Jesus," says Bishop Ken Carter. "The rediscovery of who we are will be the pathway to our vitality, sustainability and innovation in the season ahead. I hope our leaders, lay and clergy, will see this as a wonderful resource for this calling.” Featuring video lessons from Dean Edgardo Colón-Emeric, Dean Emeritus Greg Jones, Dr. Laceye Warner, and Bishop Ken Carter, the course is designed as a group experience for small groups, classes, and leadership development.

A Message of Appreciation for Clergy from Bishop Ken Carter

Bishop Carter shares a message of appreciation and encouragement for the clergypersons of the Western NC Conference during this Clergy Appreciation Month.

Means of Grace: Q&A with Bishop Ken Carter

In this episode, Director of Communications Melissa McGill talks to Bishop Ken Carter about leading the Church in this season, his own calling, his encouragement for church leaders, how he takes his coffee and much more.

A Letter from Bishop Ken Carter on Behalf of Cross & Key Ministries

Bishop Carter announces the relaunch of Cross and Key Ministries (previously Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries) and to encourage churches in the Western NC Conference to support this outreach through a Conference-wide special offering on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

A Letter from Bishop Ken Carter

Bishop Carter encourages WNCC churches to participate in a Special Sunday Offering on September 26 to support relief efforts in Western NC following the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred. Smoky Mountain District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Jae Lee offers a prayer, which can be used in worship, for those who have suffered loss and those who bring relief.

Bishop Ken Carter shares his first message as Resident Bishop of the WNCC

Bishop Ken Carter shares his first message as Resident Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference including four values and areas of focus for our work together.

Welcome, Bishop Ken Carter!

As of September 1, 2021, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. begins his episcopal ministry with the Western North Carolina Conference. Along with the Cabinet, he gives pastoral and administrative leadership to over 1000 congregations, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries, and outreach initiatives in an episcopal area that stretches across the 44 western counties of the state. Bishop Carter’s great hope for the church is that she will rediscover an orthodox Christian faith that offers the radically inclusive grace of God to all people, and at the same time calls every follower of Jesus to inner holiness, missional compassion, justice rooted in the gospel and a hopeful story of transformation.