Ethics in Ministry
The mandatory ethics training for this quadrennium is Antiracism Ethics Training. All who are under appointment or assignment in WNC are expected to participate in one of the training events over the next four years. Those serving in the local church are also encouraged to bring a layperson with them to the training in order to encourage antiracism efforts conference-wide. The two-day event will be scheduled in each district two times a year.
Appointed Clergy who live outside the conference will also need to meet the antiracism ethics requirement. If you cannot attend one of the WNC trainings, you will need to send documentation of participation in antiracism training to the Office of Ministerial Services. The WNC training is two days. Those living outside of the bounds of the conference will need to provide evidence of significant time spent in learning and understanding antiracism.
The first set of training events is currently scheduled for early in 2021. Event planners will abide by state and conference guidelines and events will be postponed as needed. In the case of postponement, participants who sign up will be notified and asked to update their registration.
Training will be led by RISE!. RISE! is designed to equip and support spiritual leaders to recognize, confront, and challenge racism and cultivate an equitable future. Through activities and reflection, the multi-racial facilitation team will provide attendees with useful tools to unearth racism as it is embedded within communities of faith. Participants will examine race theologically through Biblical exegesis and the history of Christianity within the United States.
You can find more details about the training in the video and information below.
Click the button below to register. If you need assistance with registration, please reach out to your district office.
Spring 2021 Training Dates
(In chronological order; Friday & Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm both days)
• Metro District: January 22-23 (University City UMC, Charlotte)
• Northern Piedmont District: February 19-20 (Christ UMC, Greensboro)
• Catawba Valley District: February 26-27 (First UMC, Hickory)
• Blue Ridge District: March 12-13 (Covenant Community UMC, Asheville)
• Appalachian District: March 19-20 (First UMC, Granite Falls)
• Smoky Mountain District: April 16-17 (First UMC, Franklin)
• Uwharrie District: April 30-May 1 (Main Street UMC, Albemarle)
• Yadkin Valley District: May 14-15 (Mt. Tabor UMC, Winston-Salem)
• Appalachian District: May 21-22 (West Jefferson UMC, West Jefferson)
The cost for participants is $100 per person. Please read the Q&A below for more information on the cost and refunds.
Antiracism Ethics Training Q & A
Who is required to attend the training?
ALL clergy under appointment in WNC and all certified lay ministers/lay supply pastors under assignment in the WNCC are required to attend a two-day session by June 2024. Clergy are strongly encouraged to bring a lay person from their ministry setting to the training with them.
WNC clergy under appointment in other annual conferences (whether to a church or extension ministry/appointment beyond the local church) are encouraged to try to come to WNC for a training event. You will be required to do quadrennial ethics training. If you cannot get to WNC for this training, you will need to find a similar training event and send it to Rev. Kim Ingram for approval PRIOR to registering or participating.
Who should attend the training with the clergyperson?
A lay person who is supportive of antiracism efforts and who has influence in the congregation.
Could clergy send/encourage laity from their church to attend a training session on a later date other than the training session that the clergy would be attending, because of scheduling conflicts for the laity, etc.?
Yes, even though it is ideal that they attend the same session together
Who will conduct the training?
The training will be facilitated by RISE! (Race: an In-Depth Spiritual Examination) trainers. Learn more about RISE! here.
Where will trainings be offered?
Churches in each district will host trainings. You are encouraged to attend a training in your district.
Are meals provided?
Lunch and snacks will be provided both days.
Why do I have to pay for the training?
Payment by credit card is required at the time of registration. To adequately address the topic of antiracism, this training is more extensive than the trainings of previous quadrennia. If the church where the clergy serves has continuing education funds budgeted, this could be a good use for those funds. We understand that cost can be a barrier for some to participate. Thanks to the generous grant from The Duke Endowment and the support from the BOM, J&R, and Districts, the fee will be reduced considerably.
If an emergency arises and I’m unable to attend, are the fees refundable?
Contact your district office if you are unable to attend. Your fees will be applied to a future session. You may still be charged an additional $15/day for your meals and snacks at that session.
If an emergency arises and I’m unable to attend Day 2, what do I do?
Contact your district office if you are unable to attend. You can attend Day 2 of another training session by signing up and paying additional $15 for your lunch and snacks.
Is childcare available?
Unfortunately, childcare will not be provided. Please make your own arrangements for childcare for both days.
Do I need to do any work in preparation or bring anything to the meetings?
No, materials will be provided for you at the session.
Will there be a certificate of completion?
A certificate will be given to each participant at the end of the training and your participation will be recorded with the conference and district.
Will there be any follow-up training or resources?
At your training session, you will learn about follow-up opportunities for clergy and the congregations they serve to engage in further antiracism training and work.