News

Below are news stories published by the Western North Carolina Conference.  We recommend that you also subscribe to ENews and bookmark the United Methodist News Service to be more aware of what is going on in the conference and denomination. 

Articles for the news can be submitted here.

BMCR and Friends Luncheon

6/12/2019
You're invited to join the Western North Carolina BMCR and Friends Luncheon featuring Rev. Dr. Ken Walden, President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary on “Leading in the Church in a Diverse World." Please RSVP by June 15 JoAnn Carter at jac2405@aol.com.
GC2020 Laity Elections

GC2020 Laity Elections

6/6/2019
The laity voting roster has been released. This booklet is for use by lay members of the annual conference during the 2019 election of delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. You will find the personal statements of laity of the Western NC Conference who have consented to be considered during the election process.
Healthcare Network Change

Healthcare Network Change

6/6/2019
Effective July 1, 2019, the Western North Carolina Conference Active Health Plan will shift to using the Cigna Network.  The Cigna Network accomplishes the goal of providing access to the highest value doctors, hospitals and healthcare professionals.  Please do note that while the Cigna Network will bring you the best possible provider options, your benefits will still be administered through Healthgram, not through Cigna.
Luke Edwards to Join Conference Staff in Church Development

Luke Edwards to Join Conference Staff in Church Development

6/6/2019
The Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that Rev. Luke Edwards is projected to be appointed as the Associate Director of Church Development in July. Director of Church Development Dan Pezet said, “Through Luke’s leadership, we have started 86 Fresh Expressions this year, and bringing him into this new role will allow him to continue and further develop that good work.” Luke Edwards is a provisional elder and the founding pastor of King Street ...
Pre-Conference Briefing

Pre-Conference Briefing

6/5/2019
Bishop Leeland shares about the AC2019 Theme, Speakers and Offerings. Conference Secretary Kim Ingram shares details to make your AC2019 experience go smoothly.
Clergy Debt Reduction Loan Program

Clergy Debt Reduction Loan Program

5/22/2019
Creating good stewards of God's financial resources
Can the 23rd Psalm Speak to Us in the Present Moment?

Can the 23rd Psalm Speak to Us in the Present Moment?

5/21/2019
In a message given a generation ago at Bay View, Michigan, the Quaker philosopher Douglas Steere of Haverford College saw in the 23rd Psalm an image for our renewal. He makes me to lie down.  He restores my soul.  When we are made to lie down, we come to the end of our own strength. This could be a crisis. It could be the limitation of our own knowledge. And it could be grief, loss, or death. In our being made to lie down, our perceived strength is revealed to be weakness. And then, Steere ...
Program and Reports for Annual Conference 2019 Posted

Program and Reports for Annual Conference 2019 Posted

5/17/2019
The 2019 Programs and Reports for Annual Conference has been posted. You may download it (or view in your browser) by clicking here.
AC2019 Innovation Initiative

AC2019 Innovation Initiative

5/16/2019
As an Annual Conference, we are full of passionate, creative people! A group of laity and clergy has come together to shape some experiences at Annual Conference that help people realize their innovative potential. These efforts are designed with the following outcomes in mind: Fruitful Relationships that foster deeper collaboration, shared learning, and critical support in innovation efforts. Creative Spaces for passionate people to connect, dream about the possibilities, and work towards a ...

AC2019 Advance Meal Purchase for On-Property Guests

5/15/2019
New for 2019!  For those who are staying at Lake Junaluska properties during annual conference, purchasing meals 21+ days before AC2019 will save you both time and money!  Simply fill out the form and select the meals you want to reserve in now, on the Advance Meal Purchase Request Form available at https://www.wnccumc.org/ac2019-housing or at this google form link.  Lake Junaluska staff will touch base to finalize your meal plan.  Advance Meal Purchases must be made by May 30, 2019 to receive...
Bishops offer pastoral word; make key decisions at May 2019 meeting

Bishops offer pastoral word; make key decisions at May 2019 meeting

5/9/2019
Bishops offer pastoral word; make key decisions at May 2019 meeting CHICAGO – (May 09, 2019) The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church completed its May 2019 meeting held outside Chicago with a pastoral and prophetic word in response to the decisions of the Special Session and the codification of some of those decisions in the Book of Discipline. “Bishops are not judges or legislators. Bishops are preachers, teachers, shepherds, mediators, and missional strategists who appoint ...
2019 SEJ Clergywomen’s Leadership Conference

2019 SEJ Clergywomen’s Leadership Conference

5/1/2019
The 2019 event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida from November 18-21, 2019.  Online Registration is now open.
A Prayer From Bishop Leeland

A Prayer From Bishop Leeland

5/1/2019
A prayer from Bishop Leeland in response to the UNCC shooting
Campus Ministry Responds to UNCC Shooting

Campus Ministry Responds to UNCC Shooting

5/1/2019
A Message from Rev. Steve Cheyney, UNCC Niner United Campus Pastor
WNCC Response to Judicial Council Ruling

WNCC Response to Judicial Council Ruling

4/26/2019
In a decision released on April 26, 2019, the Judicial Council ruled that seven petitions of the Traditional plan remain unconstitutional, including four petitions that were amended during General Conference. The Council found the remaining portions of the Traditional Plan and disaffiliation legislation constitutional. For a full breakdown of the petitions, see the United Methodist News Service analysis- https://www.umnews.org/en/news/court-oks-part-of-traditional-plan-exit-plan.
Emory Club 5k - AC2019

Emory Club 5k - AC2019

4/25/2019
Annual Emory Club 5k benefitting college-age ministries through Campus Ministries and Wesley Foundations in WNC. Where: LAKE JUNALUSKA 91 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 Contact: Aryn Williams-Ruebel pastoraryn@gmail.com Sign-Up: www.runsignup.com/emoryclub5k When: June 21, 2019 at 7am. Cost: Early Registration $25 - After 5/31 $35
Emails from Bishop Leeland

Emails from Bishop Leeland

4/24/2019
We have been made aware that some of you have received emails pretending to be from Bishop Leeland from an email address not on the wnccumc.org domain. Please note that this is a spoofed email and you should not reply to it. If there are any links, please do not click them. No information will come from the Bishop or any member of staff that does not come from the official wnccumc.org domain.
Top court meets in aftermath of GC2019

Top court meets in aftermath of GC2019

4/22/2019
The United Methodist Church’s top court is poised to review actions taken in February during a contentious legislative session that still threatens to divide the denomination.
An Easter Message from Bishop Leeland

An Easter Message from Bishop Leeland

4/18/2019
An Easter Message from Bishop Paul L. Leeland
Clergy Photos Added to Directory!

Clergy Photos Added to Directory!

4/18/2019
The full set of clergy photos taken at the 2018 Annual Conference were received and uploaded to our clergy database. You can view your photo by either going to the Clergy Directory or by going to the Clergy Information section of the People Dashboard (in the people dashboard, you can right click on the photo to save a copy for yourself). If your photo is incorrect, or if you know you had a photo taken but it was not uploaded into the system, please email the Director of Web and Database ...

Hood Seminary Alumni & Prospective Student Dinner

4/10/2019
Hood Theological Seminary Alumni & Prospective Student Dinner Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:30 – 7:00 pm Foundations for Evangelism Center 125 N. Lakeshore Drive Lake Junaluska, NC  27845 Please RSVP by Friday, June 7th Charper@hoodseminary.edu  
2018 Conference Journal Published Online

2018 Conference Journal Published Online

4/9/2019
We are excited to share the 2018 Western North Carolina Conference Journal, available through the Conference Administration page, or the direct link: https://www.wnccumc.org/formdetail/journal-2018-12790716. This publication has been a collaborative effort by many, and we are grateful for each and every contributor. Again this year, there are two volumes to accommodate the vast amount of information included in the annual journal.  Please contact us with updates or questions – Rev. Kim Ingram ...

Including Special Events in the Annual Conference booklet

4/9/2019
Special Events held in correlation with the WNC Annual Conference will be submitted online this year, to streamline recording events for publication.   To request your event be included in the Program & Reports and P&R Supplement books, please visit the AC2019 Special Events page, and fill out form linked through the Special Events Calendar Submission button.  (Your event information will be sent to Marsha Patton at the Conference Center.  For questions, please email Marsha directly, in ...
Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat

Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat

4/8/2019
Registration is open for the 2019 Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat – “Navigating the Changing Landscape: A Fearless Dialogue” – set for May 20-24 at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach. The retreat is an opportunity to get away to a quiet place to be renewed, reconnected, refreshed and refocused. It’s a chance to get to know new people with whom you share United Methodist DNA, and to be filled as we praise, worship, learn, have some fun – and just take some time to relax.
Clergy Program with Davidson Centre for the Professions

Clergy Program with Davidson Centre for the Professions

4/8/2019
There are openings for WNC full-time clergy to participate in the Davidson Centre for the Professions, Clergy Program. The Clergy Program offers a unique, comprehensive personal assessment and continuing leadership skills for clergy and church professionals of all faith traditions.
Conference Council on Campus Ministries hosts second training for local campus ministry boards

Conference Council on Campus Ministries hosts second training for local campus ministry boards

4/5/2019
The Conference Council on Campus Ministries recently hosted a training retreat for local campus ministry boards on March 22 and 23 at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory. Those in attendance represted six of the seven campus ministries in Western North Carolina Conference. Worship thru out the weekend was led by the campus ministers from the campus ministries in WNC.   Rev. Kim Ingram, Conference Secretary and member of the Western NC General Conference delegation, began the weekend by ...
Denman Awards Nominations

Denman Awards Nominations

3/25/2019
The Western North Carolina Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards honor United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism – expressed in Word (what), Sign (why) and Deed (how) – brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
Commentary: What's Next For Our United Methodist Church?

Commentary: What's Next For Our United Methodist Church?

3/22/2019
By Bishop Michael J. Coyner March 13, 2019 | INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) This article originally appeared on the United Methodist News Service website. Without overlooking the obvious pain and divisions that have arisen from the 2019 General Conference, it may be time to look ahead and to ask, “What is next for our United Methodist Church?”  We only have a little over a year until the regular General Conference in 2020. And in fact, elections of delegates to that General Conference will happen this ...
Recognition of Anniversary Churches

Recognition of Anniversary Churches

3/14/2019
As has been the practice for some years, the WNC Conference Commission on Archives and History will recognize all churches celebrating their 100th, 150th, and 200th anniversaries in 2019 with their display at Annual Conference this year.  If your congregation is celebrating one of these anniversaries this year, please contact Jim Pyatt, Archivist, at jpyatt@wnccumc.org by April 1, so that your church will be included in this year’s recognitions.
Annual Conference 2019

Annual Conference 2019

3/13/2019
Annual Conference submission deadlines are approaching for submitting petitions (April 1), GC 2020 lay delegate applications (April 1), and display registration (April 15).
Leadership Development Provider Grants Available

Leadership Development Provider Grants Available

3/13/2019
The WNC Leadership Development Team provider grant application is now open.  These grants are available to entities who provide leadership development opportunities for clergy and ministry professionals in Western North Carolina.  The deadline for submitting a grant request is April 5, 2019.  More information and the application is available online. 
Missional Wisdom Foundation's National Gathering

Missional Wisdom Foundation's National Gathering

3/7/2019
Are you interested in learning more about alternative forms of Christian community? Are you looking for new ideas for experimentation and innovation in your context or in your call? Come to the Missional Wisdom Foundation’s National Gathering! This year National Gathering will be held in Asheville, NC April 4th-6th at the Haw Creek Commons, come and hear from a variety of voices, the sessions will focus on the theology and practicality of alternative forms of Christian community. We would love for you to join us. For more info check out: https://www.missionalwisdom.com/events/2019/4/3/national-gatheringstorytelling-retreat?rq=national%20gathering Or email Patrick Neitzey: pneitzey@missionalwisdom.com Or the Haw Creek Commons at: info@hawcreekcommons.com
A Message From Bishop Leeland

A Message From Bishop Leeland

3/1/2019
Bishop Leeland shares what happened at General Conference and what's next for us in a video message with Jennifer Davis and the Rev. Kim Ingram, the lay and clergy leaders of our Western North Carolina delegation. He also shares a printable written version of his reflection.
District Gatherings

District Gatherings

2/28/2019
Over the next month, Bishop Leeland will gather with our districts for a time of worship and Holy Communion.
GC2019 Maps An Uncertain Way Forward

GC2019 Maps An Uncertain Way Forward

2/28/2019
Beneath the Arch that symbolizes the U.S. Gateway to the West, more than 820 General Conference delegates worked to open a gateway in the denomination’s longtime homosexuality debate.
Join the Conversation

Join the Conversation

2/28/2019
Share your questions, responses and hopes for the future of the United Methodist Church. These will help guide our District conversations over the next month.
Updated: Pension and Health Billing Delayed

Updated: Pension and Health Billing Delayed

2/28/2019
Updated 3/11/2019 The updating and conversion of the new Benefits software is complete.  Invoices are being mailed the week of March 11 and for those in automatic drafts, the drafts are also  hitting bank accounts on a staggered basis over the next two weeks.  Look for a letter in the invoice packages that explains what occurred.  If you have questions, please direct to Treasury Services.  We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience. Updated 2/28/2019 Due to a major software conversion ...
General Conference Update

General Conference Update

2/27/2019
Delegates to the Special Session of General Conference approved the Traditional plan that affirms church policies on homosexuality and strengthens enforcement by a vote of 438 to 384. Several petitions included in this vote were ruled unconstitutional by our Judicial Council, so the full implications of this decision are not yet known.
United Methodists urged to unite as 2019 General Conference convenes

United Methodists urged to unite as 2019 General Conference convenes

2/24/2019
ST. LOUIS - Council of Bishops President Bishop Kenneth H. Carter today called on United Methodists to make every effort to maintain unity for the sake of God’s mission as the denomination’s top legislative body began its work in St. Louis, Missouri.  Preaching in the opening worship of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Carter said that the unity of the body of Christ should be the passionate concern. “Remember: you are the people of the ...
AC 2019 Housing and Information Letter Mailed

AC 2019 Housing and Information Letter Mailed

2/18/2019
The housing and information mailing was sent out on February 11th. It contains important information related to housing and other information important about Annual Conference 2019. If you did not receive the mailing and expected to, please contact your district office.  You can find all of these materials and more, updated daily, at https://www.ac19.org or https://www.wnccumc.org/ac2019
2019 Come to the Table Conference

2019 Come to the Table Conference

2/15/2019
This is a statewide conference held every two years looking at injustices in the food system.
Letter from the President of the Council of Bishops

Letter from the President of the Council of Bishops

2/12/2019
In less than two weeks, 864 fellow Methodists will gather in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States to attend the Special Session of the General Conference.
General Conference Communications

General Conference Communications

2/11/2019
As the Special Session of General Conference approaches, Bishop Leeland has a reassuring message for our churches and clergy.
February Cabinet Recap

February Cabinet Recap

2/8/2019
The February 4 meeting of the Extended Cabinet brought much to celebrate for our conference. The Extended Cabinet livestreamed Bennett College’s press conference announcing that they raised more than $8.2 million by the deadline. We celebrate with the women of Bennett and appreciate the contributions of our United Methodist connection.   We celebrated that our new conference building receiving LEED Gold certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely ...
ERT Class - 3/9/19

ERT Class - 3/9/19

2/7/2019
An ERT Training will take place at Pisgah UMC, 488 Hill Farm Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636, on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Trainer - Mike Duncan. Doors open at 8:30 am. Class begins promptly at 9:00 am and will end at 5:00 pm. A background check is required upon registration.  Register Now →
Stand With Bennett

Stand With Bennett

2/1/2019
The Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church celebrates with President Dawkins and Bennett College in raising $8.2 million.
“The Movement Continues” emphasizes our calling

“The Movement Continues” emphasizes our calling

1/30/2019
“The Movement Continues” campaign reminds us that the foundation of The United Methodist Church has always been to follow God’s call of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The Shepherd's Fund

The Shepherd's Fund

1/28/2019
Are you, your spouse or a fellow clergy retiree you know struggling with a health crisis or an extraordinary expense related to healthcare financial burdens?  We have been given a huge opportunity to assist such situations with The Shepherd's Fund.
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