Serving As A Guide


Each Guide will work with the team and/or pastor of the church to create a plan for guiding the team forward and this plan will be unique according to the church’s needs, the gifts of the guide, and recommendation. The recommendation may contain some specific requirements that the church must accomplish (such as a specific book study). The recommendations are also written to give the guide discretion in choosing how to move forward.

While guides are free to take different approaches to facilitating the recommendation, here are some guidelines that we ask guides to follow:

  • Identify who you are working with (whether an individual or a team of people) and have an initial onsite meeting to organize and plan the steps you will take to fulfill the recommendation. This first meeting would be a great time to take a tour of the facility, get to know the people you are working with, provide initial training, and cast a vision for the future.
  • Conduct one visit per month for six months to assess progress, set new goals, and assign new tasks to fulfill the recommendation. After six months, remain available for phone and/or internet meetings. The amount of time invested may vary depending on circumstances.
  • Keep in communication with the Transformation Journey Navigator. Report obstacles to fulfilling the recommendation right away so that corrections may be made.
  • Guides are not to do the work for the church but guide the church in doing the work.

The Western North Carolina Conference will provide each Guide a stipend of $125 for each visit as a token of our appreciation, reimburse travel expenses and provide training materials for the church as needed.

Reimbursement Forms





Guide Invoice - save templet on your computer so it will be easy to access in the future. For your first submission for payment you need to include a W-9, if you have mileage reimbursement you need to fill out the Travel Expense form.


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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.


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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

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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

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