Vision & Goals

The mission of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We are committed to following Jesus so that lives and communities are transformed and shaped by the vision of the Kingdom of God.

In order to fulfill that mission, our strategy is to increase the number of vital congregations that are fully engaged in accomplishing the mission of God in their neighborhoods and communities. Vital congregations will invest in developing servant leaders who are spiritually alive and missionally focused; will intentionally engage younger and more diverse people within the community; and will shift from an emphasis on membership and program to a disciple-making system.

Below, you will find the "Playbook" that the Bishop, Cabinet and Conference Staff are using for vision and alignment:

THE PLAYBOOK

The United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference Based on questions posed by Patrick Lencioni in The Advantage

OUR MISSION  (Why do we exist?)

“To make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” (Book of Discipline) The “Carolina Revised Version”— Follow Jesus, Make Disciples, Transform lives and communities

OUR CORE VALUES  (How do we behave?)

John Wesley’s three General Rules guide our actions and behavior
(1)Do no harm       (2) Do good         (3) Stay in love with God (“practice the ordinances’)

At the core of our Wesleyan heritage we are going on to perfection

Moving from “almost” Christians to “altogether” Christians, by loving God and neighbor HOLINESS in heart and life

OUR PURPOSE  (What do we do?)

Our primary focus is to cultivate vital churches fully engaged in accomplishing the mission of God Note: Vital congregations are essential to move us toward “making disciples of Jesus Christ”

OUR STRATEGIC ANCHORS  (How will we succeed?)

  • We will succeed by partnering, connecting and serving SO THAT together we will move toward achieving the Power of 3 goals (signs of vitality & health)
  • We will succeed by increasing the number of healthy, alive churches fully engaged in the mission of God SO THAT God’s Kingdom “may come on earth as it is in Heaven”
  • We will succeed by building Christ-centered relationships with people both inside and outside the church SO THAT lives and communities are transformed

OUR IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES (What is most important right now?)

  • To create and develop resources that focus on moving churches toward health and vitality
  • To encourage and empower the emerging missional networks in each of the eight districts as sign of hope and healing
  • To design processes and events that equip servant leaders to be spiritually alive and mission ally focused
  • To challenge churches, networks, and new faith communities to engage with younger and more diverse people within the community
  • To advocate for and promote shifting from an emphasis on membership and program to a disciple-making system

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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Signed,

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Hope Morgan Ward
Tim Russell
Edie Gleaves
Ray Broadwell
Gil Wise
Gray Southern
Mike Frese
Kenneth Locklear
Randy Innes
Linda Taylor
Dena White
Tara Lain
Ismael Ruiz-Millan
Jon Strother
Beth Hood
Lisa Yebuah
Greg Moore
Steve Taylor

Follow Jesus. Make Disciples. Transform the World.