Congregations for Children (C4C) began in 2012 as an initiative of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in response to the Bishops Initiative on Children and Poverty, through
The Western North Carolina Conference began with the Blue Ridge District as a pilot in 2013-2014, expanding into the Smoky Mountain and Catawba Valley Districts in 2014-2015 with plans for full expansion in 2015-16. However, new
2017-2018 plans for expansion include working with each UMC district office to develop the best process of engagement and support appropriate for each district. District and conference level C4C teams are underway. While this is an initiative of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church the work is ecumenical and the call is for all communities of faith and community organizations to respond to the needs of children impacted by poverty in the local community.