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A Message From Bishop Carter

"Over the past week, we have become aware of 31 churches who, with the encouragement of the Wesleyan Covenant Association – Western North Carolina (WCA-WNC,) have engaged with a Florida law firm and are demanding transfer into a new denomination. We are deeply grieved by this action, as we seek to be a church united and engaged in making disciples of Jesus. As you read a sample of the letters we have received as well as the response of our conference chancellor (below), here are some important thoughts to keep in mind..."

A Resource From Bishop Carter About Misinformation in The UMC

A message from Bishop Carter: "There is misinformation about what the ongoing and future United Methodist Church believes. Some of this misinformation is being shared in local churches.

Post-Annual Conference Message from Bishop Carter

Bishop Ken Carter, Resident Bishop of the Western NC and FL Conferences, gives a follow-up report and shares some thoughts on Annual Conference 2022.

Means of Grace: Will There Be a Place For Me in the UMC? A Panel Discussion From The 2022 Annual Conference

In this week’s episode, we get to listen in on a conversation that took place during the 2022 Annual Conference. On Thursday evening, Bishop Carter, along with a group of clergy from across the conference, of various races, ages, genders, and ministry roles sat down for a panel discussion on the future of the UMC. Their goal was to answer a question you may have asked yourself a time or two – will there be a place for me in the continuing United Methodist Church?


UMsConnected, a new ministry based in the Florida Annual Conference of the UMC under the supervision of Bishop Ken Carter, has launched. It has come into being as the new United Methodist Church emerges. In this historic time of change, there are a variety of reasons why people feel disconnected. UMsConnected is a community walking together during this time of transition, "watching over one another in love," as John Wesley put it.

Bishop Carter Offers a Prayer of Lament in Response to the Mass Shootings in Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Uvalde

"Almighty God, our prayers rise like incense. When we cry out to you, the Psalms teach us, you answer. The massacres of the innocent, in Buffalo, in Laguna Woods, in Uvalde are known to you. Our schools, our churches, our supermarkets are pierced by violence, racism and hatred. We sit now in the darkness of yet another grief, and we cannot be complacent."

Seven Reasons Why I Love The United Methodist Church

Bishop Carter shares seven reasons he loves The United Methodist Church.

An Easter Message from Bishop Carter

Bishop Carter shares an Easter message with the WNC Conference.

Means of Grace: Tempered Resilience with Tod Bolsinger

In this episode, Bishop Ken Carter has a conversation Tod Bolsinger on his book Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. This conversation was originally shared as a clergy leadership webinar jointly offered by the Florida and Western North Carolina Annual Conferences.

A Conversation with Kate Bowler

Join Bishop Ken Carter for a virtual conversation with New York Times bestselling author, Duke University professor, and incurable optimist, Kate Bowler. *If you are not available to watch live, go ahead and register and a recording will be sent to you after the webinar.

Living in Connection in a Season of Waiting

The United Methodist Church is in an extended season of waiting, a season brought about by a global pandemic that we did not anticipate and extended by variant after variant. The delay is wearing upon us and Bishop Carter offers this message to speak into the present moment.

Episcopal Office Answers Frequently Asked Questions on the Further Postponement of General Conference

Bishop Ken Carter and Assistant to the Bishop Amy Coles provide answers to frequently asked questions regarding the postponement of General Conference until 2024. The answers provided here are based upon the information we know as of March 8, 2022. The delay in General Conference has proven that we are in unprecedented times and answers could change depending on various circumstances.

Bishop Carter’s Pastoral Response to the General Conference Announcement

Bishop Ken Carter responds to the further postponement of General Conference.

Bishop and Cabinet Update COVID-19 Best Practices for Ministry

The Bishop and Cabinet continue to be extremely grateful for all the many ways that you have led faithfully through these two years of the pandemic. We thank you for being the church. As we share these new recommendations, we do so asking that we all continue in the spirit of Philippians 2, “thinking more highly of others than ourselves.”

Bishop Carter Shares Ash Wednesday Blessing

Bishop Carter shares a Lenten message and Ash Wednesday blessing for the Western North Carolina Conference.

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.

Bishop Carter Issues a Call for Prayers & Peacemaking

Bishop Carter calls United Methodists in Florida and Western North Carolina to prayers for peace in the Ukraine and across Europe.

Update from the Appointive Cabinet

The Appointive Cabinet meet last week to begin considering clergy whose gifts and grace would match the needs of churches where there will be an opening or maybe a change for the 2022-2023 conference year. They reflected on 102 charges, with a focus on the needs of fruitfulness and diversity in leadership.

Means of Grace: Our Pathways to the Post-Covid Church with Bishop Ken Carter

Over the past two years, the world has changed dramatically and our ways of doing church have been disrupted.  In this episode, Bishop Carter explores four interrelated pathways to the Post-Covid Church. This is a journey we are called to walk together.

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.

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.