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Aug. 19, 2014 The 2014 session of our Western North Carolina Annual Conference authorized Bishop Goodpaster to name a Task Force to generate a pool of names for potential Board members at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem. The action of the Conference was in response to the current reality and challenges facing The Children’s Home.Read more »
Aug. 19, 2014 During the recent session of our Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, Bishop Goodpaster facilitated a panel discussion about the future of our denomination, and the conversation that has recently surfaced about the possibility of division. During that time it was announced that there would be a series of conversations at various sites across the conference during the coming months, open to interested United Methodists. These 90-minute sessions will utilize a variety of models, but most importantly will be opportunities for us to engage in holy conversations and civil discourse where we may disagree but do so in a spirit of respect and care, and of openness to the Holy Spirit.Read more »
Aug. 18, 2014 The School of Congregational Development. Sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship, was held at Matthews United Methodist Church in Charlotte, August 14-17. Over 500 participants gathered from across the denomination for inspiration, learning and worship on the theme: The RACE- Strategies for Relevant, Authentic, Christ-centered Engagement with the world.Read more »
Aug. 18, 2014 Since Aug. 9, the Rev. F. Willis Johnson has devoted his entire ministry to fostering peaceful — and meaningful — responses to the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and the violent tumult that followed in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown led to four days of clashes between police in military-grade riot gear and angry crowds. The United Methodist pastor led prayer vigils, helped with cleanup, met with community leaders and comforted protesters. Other United Methodist leaders answered his call to help a community in pain.Read more »
Aug. 13, 2014 Funding Grants are available through the annual conference for Church Revitalization and New Church Development projects. The newly formed Conference Church Vitality Team meets quarterly to review proposals for funding. Proposals for funding in 2015 must be submitted to the Office of Church Vitality no later than Monday, October 20, 2014 for consideration at our November 2 meeting or Monday, February 9, 2015 for consideration in March 2015.Read more »
By Josh Sherfey
The church has always had particular language and rituals attached to the “making” of ministers. There are elders, deacons, deaconesses, and bishops. Stoles are placed around the neck of the candidate showing they are yoked to God and the Kingdom in service. And, there is, at some point, always the laying on of hands to invoke the power and work of the Holy Spirit. I say “at some point” because when I was coming through the candidacy and ordination process back in the late 90’s, the UMC reevaluated its nomenclature and ordering of ordination. Without getting into the semantics and reasoning, back in the “old days” it used to be that you were ordained a Deacon first for a period of three years and then you were ordained an Elder. General Conference in 1998 changed this so that the order of Deacon and Elder were separated and one could not be ordained both. The reason behind this was to reclaim the biblical understanding of Deacon and Elder found in the book of Acts.
This video was featured during Saturday afternoon at the School of Congregational Development. This was also featured during Annual Conference during the Vision Report on Thursday afternoon. See other videos from Annual Conference on our YouTube Channel.Watch more on our YouTube channel »
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