Financial and Administrative Resources

Updated Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

Updated Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

6/25/2020
As faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in the midst of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to our Biblical mandate to "love our neighbors as ourselves" and our Wesleyan call to “do no harm.” In doing so, we seek ways to engage faithfully in worship, study, and ministry while ensuring the health and safety of our members and communities. We do not recommend returning to indoor worship at this time. Continue hosting online, drive-in, or outdoor worship services while following CDC, state and local guidelines, including handwashing, wearing masks, and observing physical distancing rules.
Shelby Systems Webinar on Online & Text-to-Give Campaigns

Shelby Systems Webinar on Online & Text-to-Give Campaigns

6/24/2020
On July 8th at 10 am EST, Shelby Systems will host a webinar over to help equip your church on how to launch successful online and text-to-give campaigns during uncertain times.
Digital Connection and Community Survey

Digital Connection and Community Survey

6/22/2020
We are all built for connection. Over the last two decades, we have seen modern notions of what constitutes “connection” change radically, and nowhere is that more visible than in the digital lives of Americans. Despite the need for connection and the expanding role of digital media into religious life, little is known about how digital media fosters community and the forms of leadership that can support congregations’ engagement in digital spaces. We need your help to fill this gap in knowledge.
Paycheck Protection Program Loans Still Available

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Still Available

6/22/2020
The United Methodist Credit Union can still help local churches with the Paycheck Protection Program.
Shelby Systems Offers Special Pricing For Online Giving

Shelby Systems Offers Special Pricing For Online Giving

6/10/2020
One of the Western NC Conference’s Ministry partners, Shelby Systems, has agreed to partner with churches in the conference by providing a comprehensive online giving program that will include text-to-give, custom website form, and mobile app.
Cloth Face Masks Available

Cloth Face Masks Available

6/9/2020
The Committee on Relief has secured a donation of cloth face masks through FEMA. These masks are available to staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations and will be available to distribute in the next week(s).   Interested churches or organizations should fill out the following request form. COR will review requests and distribute masks. For additional information contact Ben Rogers (brogers@wnccumc.org).
Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic

Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic

6/9/2020
An extensive resource from Candler School of Theology featuring in-depth guidance and advice from an ecumenical group of theologians, scientists, physicians, pastors, bishops, and practitioners. This guide includes theological foundations, benchmarks, best practices, planning checklist, and practical solutions.
Help Sessions for Clergy Moving in a Crazy Time

Help Sessions for Clergy Moving in a Crazy Time

5/26/2020
Coach facilitated help sessions are being offered to clergy moving in a crazy time through the generosity of the Duke Endowment.
Tutorials Using StreamYard for Live Streaming Worship

Tutorials Using StreamYard for Live Streaming Worship

5/26/2020
Rev. Denise Kilgo-Martin walks through three tutorial videos of using StreamYard to live stream worship - starting with a basic, introductory video and moving into advanced features.
Phase Two Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

Phase Two Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

5/21/2020
As the state of North Carolina prepares to enter Phase Two, the Cabinet has updated our Conference Guidelines for In-Person Worship and Ministry During COVID-19. These will be effective Saturday May 23, 2020 and will remain in effect until at least June 30, 2020. In alignment and compliance with public health guidance, governmental mandates, and our scriptural and Wesleyan call to "love others" and “do no harm,” these guidelines are to be followed by churches in the Western North Carolina Conference. We have also prepared a Frequently Asked Questions to help you navigate ministry concerns at this time.
Risk Assessment for Churches

Risk Assessment for Churches

5/20/2020
As the State of North Carolina loosens restrictions imposed on the public related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the churches in The Western North Carolina of The United Methodist Church face a variety of the same questions and issues faced by the business community as they look toward opening their doors again. Find information related to employee/employer AND church/public risks when re-opening.
Video Editing Training from UM Communications

Video Editing Training from UM Communications

5/20/2020
Video editing is the process of taking raw footage from your smartphone or other camera and formatting it for your viewers. This training from UM Communications will help you learn how to use Adobe Rush to edit your videos and format them for popular platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Why Reopening a Church is Different: Planning for the future during COVID-19 presents challenges for the church unlike any other.

Why Reopening a Church is Different: Planning for the future during COVID-19 presents challenges for the church unlike any other.

5/20/2020
Alex A. Shanks explores why reopening a church is different than reopening a business. "Planning for the future during COVID-19 presents challenges for the church unlike any other. How will we lead in a time of change?"
How to use the new Facebook Live Producer with your computer webcam

How to use the new Facebook Live Producer with your computer webcam

5/16/2020
With Facebook rolling out the new Live Producer, we want to be sure you have the information you need to keep live streaming your services! *Please note, as of now, the camera option for Live Producer only works in the Chrome Beta and/or Firefox browsers.
Financial Responses to COVID-19

Financial Responses to COVID-19

5/1/2020
We realize many churches may be struggling financially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the Conference wants to partner with you in these ways - (1) A three-month waiver of the local church component of pension and health benefit premiums. (2) The establishment of the WNC Connexion Fund to help our WNC congregations support clergy and their families as they continue to lead our ministries. (3) Interpretation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Local Church Finance Procedures During the COVID-19 Crisis

Local Church Finance Procedures During the COVID-19 Crisis

4/29/2020
The constraints of social distancing could tempt churches to throw established finance procedures out the window. Please don’t! Here are some important procedures that are available through the use of technology to help us through a difficult time.
UM Communications Offers Grant for Website Development Packages

UM Communications Offers Grant for Website Development Packages

4/29/2020
Website development grants are for local United Methodist churches and church entities who do not currently have a website. Through this new grant, United Methodist Communications will offer the following: -One year of webhosting -One year of domain name registration -Free WordPress online training through UMCOM -Free online support throughout your training and during your year of web hosting -Free pre-designed templates for easy development of your new website -Access to Google apps (includes 5 Gmail accounts, Google calendar, 2GB of storage on GDrive) United Methodist Churches and church entities who wish to replace their current website with a WordPress site may also apply.
From the WNC Cabinet: Considerations Before Reopening

From the WNC Cabinet: Considerations Before Reopening

4/23/2020
As we hear the announcements that our nation and state are going to slowly reopen, the Bishop and the Cabinet of the Western North Carolina Conference encourage all local churches to continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC as well as state and local officials regarding the resumption of in-person worship. Please continue to guide all your decisions by Jesus’ command to “love one another.”  COVID-19 has not been eradicated, and thus we continue to need to protect the most vulnerable among us. The following are 24 questions to consider as you make plans for persons to return to your church building and activities.  These have been adapted from the blog by Ken Braddy, “24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return.”
Council of Bishops Releases Tentative Dates for General Conference in 2021

Council of Bishops Releases Tentative Dates for General Conference in 2021

4/22/2020
"After the pandemic-caused postponement, the new prospective dates for The United Methodist Church’s General Conference are Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 2021."
Update from Wespath: Payroll Tax Deferral and UMC Employers

Update from Wespath: Payroll Tax Deferral and UMC Employers

4/22/2020
In addition to PPP loans, the CARES Act creates a payroll tax deferral period (“Payroll Tax Delay”) running from March 27 through December 31, 2020. Employers—including tax-exempt nonprofits like UMC local churches, annual conferences and general agencies—may defer/delay payment of the “employer share” of Social Security taxes that they otherwise are responsible for paying to the federal government with respect to their employees.
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