The Latest Edition of E-News - Massive Discount on Amplify Media for WNCC Churches and more!

January 20, 2022

E-News - January 19, 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 Webinars Begin Next Week, Bishop Ken Carter to Give Keynote Address
Next week, the WNC Conference will offer a series of Conference-wide training webinars to resource and equip all areas of your Church leadership. Bishop Carter will give the keynote address, titled "Our Pathways to the Post-Covid Church," on the opening night of the weeklong webinar series. The Bishop's address will explore four interrelated pathways to the Post-Covid Church. All laity and clergy are invited to participate. Find the full schedule for the week in the article.

Conference Board of Pensions Waive Local Church Benefit Obligations for January
Due to the positive year-end results for the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, primarily due to the strong market performance of its investments, the Board has approved a waiver of premiums for January 2022.  Local churches will not be billed for the local church component of the Conference Sponsored Pension and Health Benefits Plans for the month of January.
Means of Grace: Justice and Love - A Conversation with The Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman
In this episode, the Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr. has an important conversation about justice with the Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, immediate past president of the NC NAACP and an ordained minister in the AME Zion Church.
WNCC Discount for Amplify Media
The conference has negotiated a partnership with the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) to offer their online platform, Amplify Media, at a deeply discounted rate for all churches/charges in the Western NC Conference! Information available for new and current Amplify subscribers in the full article.
Introduction to Fresh Expressions with Bishop Carter and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand
Is your church looking for new ways to connect with its neighbors? Churches across the Western NC Conference are discovering new and creative ways to be the church with their neighbors by starting fresh expressions. 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.
MD Live: Virtual Doctor's Visits Available
Virtual doctor's visits are available for active members and their dependents on the WNCC healthcare plan. Learn more about this benefit and find instructions on how you can book virtual appointments.
Caring Congregation National Webinar
The Caring Congregation(TCC) offers guidance on the best Christian practices that empower both pastors and laity working together to support the congregation and community. Join us virtually on February 26 & 27 as Rev. Lampe and the national team provide capable, adaptable, and scalable guidance based on the CCM model of care for churches, pastors and districts to empower laity and organize their care ministries.

Navigating Next: Equipping Leaders for Their Next Season of Ministry
January 25, 2022
Gammon Theological Seminary presents virtual Leadership Intensives from January 25 – February 25, 2022 equipping Pastors and Church Leaders as they are Navigating Next in 2022.



  • This past Saturday, the WNCC celebrated the work and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual MLK, Jr. Commemoration Service. This event is sponsored each year by the WNCC Justice & Reconciliation Team, WNCC Commission on Religion & Race, and the WNCC Black Methodists for Church Renewal. 
  • Navigating Uncharted Waters is a ministry leader’s guide designed to help lead congregations through our current times. This free resource from Plowpoint Ministries offers lectionary-based resources for worship and holy conversation
  • Spring dates for the Antiracism Ethics Trainings are now available. Antiracism Ethics Training is the Clergy Ethics Training for the new quadrennium through June 2024, and thus it is mandatory for all clergy in the Western North Carolina Conference.
  •  This season of ministry has been hard on leaders and many are exhausted, discouraged, and in need of time away. The WNCC Leadership Development Team wants to help nurture your own spiritual growth, as you nurture the spiritual walks of others.
  • Hood Theological Seminary invites you to attend two upcoming virtual events, the 2022 Bishop Alfred E. and Mrs. Mamie White Endowed Heritage Lecture Series on Friday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 12, at 10:00 a.m., and the Firm Foundation Covenant Service on Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m.
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Navigating Jim Crow: Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina
Various dates in January & February
Self-guided exhibit to learn about the history of the Green Book sites in North Carolina that allowed African American communities to thrive, and that created “oasis spaces” for a variety of African American travelers.
Certificate In Church Treasury
Various dates in March & April
The Conference Office of Treasury Services and the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina will offer a certificate training program for United Methodist volunteer treasurers within our conference. Dr. Mark King and Rev. David Snipes will lead the four-session program on March 5,12, April 23 and 30, from 10 am – 3 pm.

Clergy Leadership Webinar with Author, Tod Bolsinger
Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m.
Join Bishop Carter as he moderates 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 clergy in the Western NC and Florida Conferences.

Come to the Table Conference Registration Now Open!
March 15-16, 2022
Registration is now open for the virtual 2022 Come to the Table Conference.
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