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 by June 2024. This workshop is designed for clergy and laity together. It is essential for each pastor to identify a key lay person to attend it together with him/her as a partner in advancing the work of antiracism. Basically, the two-day event will be scheduled in each district twice 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.
Throughout the Antiracism Ethics Training, wearing a mask is optional, but we will practice social distancing, hand sanitizing, and will clean the meeting space after each day's activities.
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.
Find more details about the training in the video and information below.
Fall 2021 Training Dates
Dates are listed in chronological order. All trainings are Friday & Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm both days unless otherwise noted.
Clergy and laity are encouraged to attend a training together in their district.
• Smoky Mountain District: August 27-28 (First UMC, Franklin)
• Metro District 1: September 10-11 (St. Stephen UMC, Charlotte)
• Appalachian District: September 15-16 (Wednesday & Thursday; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm) (West Jefferson UMC, West Jefferson)
• Yadkin Valley District: September 17-18 (Mt. Tabor UMC, Winston-Salem)
• Catawba Valley District: October 1-2 (First UMC, Hickory)
• Uwharrie District: October 22-23 (Central UMC, Asheboro)
• Northern Piedmont District: October 29-30 (Christ UMC, Greensboro)
• Metro District 2: November 12-13 (St. Andrew’s UMC, Charlotte)
• Blue Ridge District: November 19-20 (Covenant Community UMC, Asheville)
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. 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.
Why should a lay person and clergy attend the training together?
This workshop is designed for clergy and laity together. It is essential for each pastor to identify a key lay person to attend it together with him/her as a partner in advancing the work of antiracism. Find a lay person who is supportive of antiracism efforts and who has influence in the congregation/organization.
Can clergy and laity attend a separate training session 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 Board of Ordained Ministry, Justice and Reconciliation Team, and WNCC Districts, the fee has been 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 refunded and you will need to register for 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 preparation is necessary. Study materials will be provided for you at the session. Bring a pen and paper for notes.
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?
A Virtual Reflection and Prayer Meeting (VRPM) and a Priority Planning Session (PPS) will be offered after each District's training workshop to help the congregations/organizations that the clergy and laity serve to engage in further antiracism work. Look for specific information for your District's offerings in the attached document "WNCC Antiracism Ethics Training Process" in the registration confirmation email. Also, RISE! Team will offer opportunities to register and engage in Online Discussion Groups."