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Advanced Lay Servant Course: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs

4/21/2022
Living Our United Methodist Beliefs Dates: May 10 (Tues), 19 (Thur), 24 (Tues), 31 (Tues) Time: 7-9pm on Zoom Materials needed: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way Instructor: Rev. Fred Jordan This class will count as an Advanced Course if you have already taken the BASIC Course. All are welcome to register for personal growth and development, however, a certificate of completion will only be provided to those who have taken the BASIC Lay Servant Ministry course.  

Advanced Lay Servant Course: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs

4/21/2022
Living Our United Methodist Beliefs Dates: May 10 (Tues), 19 (Thur), 24 (Tues), 31 (Tues) Time: 7-9pm on Zoom Materials needed: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way Instructor: Rev. Fred Jordan This class will count as an Advanced Course if you have already taken the BASIC Course. All are welcome to register for personal growth and development, however, a certificate of completion will only be provided to those who have taken the BASIC Lay Servant Ministry course.  

Lenten Resources and Studies

3/3/2022
Find Lenten resources and studies from across our United Methodist connection.

The Latest Edition of E-News - Celebrating Black History Month, Amplify Media Discount, and more

2/16/2022
E-News is an email newsletter sent out by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. It contains important news, stories, and events from around our conference.

Lessons learned from Bo, Ricky, Coyote and Barbara

2/9/2022
By: Brian Mateer, Associate Director of Missional Engagement About ten years ago I was working as a youth leader at First UMC in a small town in southwest Virginia.  I was introduced to a youth-led ministry that provided community meals in a local park.  A primary goal of the ministry is to give leadership responsibilities to youth and provide opportunities to meet and interact with people unlike them.  Sounds simple, right.  That’s because it is.   Since the ministry focused and emphasized ...

2022 Missional Collective Journey

2/9/2022
WNCC Mission Engagement has opened registration for the 2022 Missional Collective Journey and welcomes applications. The MC Journey is an immersive learning, five-retreat series designed for a diverse gathering of clergy, laity, and community lovers. Experiential neighboring happens through shared meals, interactive discussions, historical and theological field trips, discernment and planning activities, personal spiritual direction, and corporate spiritual disciplines.

Are You Interested in Becoming a UMC Commissioned EarthKeeper?

2/8/2022
Presently, there are seven commissioned EarthKeepers in the WNCC, working towards engaging their churches, their communities, and other churches in the WNCC in acts of renewal of, and care for, God’s creation. There is room for many, many more! And an online training opportunity begins on March 18th through the General Board of Global Ministries.

Resources for Celebrating Black History Month

2/2/2022
It's Black History Month! No matter your heritage, culture, or racial background, Black history is everyone’s story. The UMC General Commission on Religion and Race offers resources for Black History Month including 29 Ways You Can Participate in Black History Month, Do's and Don'ts - Helping White Congregations Observe Black History Month, and Black History Month Activities for Kids.

Spiritual Renewal Grant for Clergy and Laity in Ministry

2/2/2022
This season of ministry has been hard on leaders and many are exhausted, discouraged, and in need of time away. The WNCC Leadership Development Team wants to help nurture your own spiritual growth, as you nurture the spiritual walks of others. This could be through a renewal retreat or by engaging with a Spiritual Director. Ministry leaders (clergy and lay professionals) who sign up for a Spiritual Renewal offering, and pay a personal investment of $50 toward the experience, are eligible for up to $500 to cover the cost of registration, fees, and lodging/travel expenses.

Meeting the needs of WNC Leaders

2/1/2022
Available in the WNCC Resource Center Developing Laity: More Church Leaders-Stronger Church Leaders  Toolkit from Lewis Center for Church Leadership Churches with vital, growing ministries learn to leverage leadership potential within their congregations. With the More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders Video Tool Kit, clergy and lay leaders in churches both large and small will discover a more synergistic and fruitful way of being in ministry together. More Church Leaders: Stronger ...

Uprooted

2/1/2022
–Ann Dean, Dayspring Church In the fall before the pandemic hit, I planted a small Leyland cypress tree by the door to the driveway. Evergreen and fast-growing, it has thrived and is now amazingly beautiful — 12 feet tall, lushly branched, and fragrant. A cause for rejoicing, this exultant cypress has daily been an icon of strength and possibility for me. After the heavy snowfall last week, I was stunned and brokenhearted to see this tree bent over, leaning toward the street, half uprooted.  ...

Bishop Ken Carter to Give Keynote Address to Open Week of Winter Leadership Webinars

1/12/2022
Bishop Carter will give the keynote address on the opening night of the weeklong Winter Leadership Training webinar series. Bishop Carter's address, titled "Our Pathways to the Post-COVID Church," will explore four interrelated pathways to the Post-Covid Church. All laity and clergy are invited to participate. Join Bishop Carter Sunday, January 23, at 5 p.m. to explore the journey we are called to walk together. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following the presentation.

Western North Carolina Spiritual Directors by Districts

1/7/2022
This list of spiritual directors has been compiled on behalf of the Leadership Development Team. If you have suggestions to add, please send the information to Kim Ingram at kingram@wnccumc.org. Please include the name, credentials, location, and contact information. Virtual      Rev. Sybil Parks, (336) 529-3005, srparks625@gmail.com      Nancy Bellamy, Clemmons/Winston-Salem, 326-971-7275, nancy@starrettefarmretreat.com Appalachian District      Ann Starrette, Statesville, 704-488-5825, Starr...

New Updated Remittance (Apportionment) Payment Form

1/6/2022
Filling out the remittance payment form just got a whole lot easier! Fill out the online form to have it automatically fill out the pdf so all you have to do is print and send in.

2022 Mileage Rates

12/22/2021
The IRS issues standard mileage rates for 2022.

Laity Celebration in the Metro District

11/22/2021
Laity and clergy from across the Metro District gathered Sunday, November 21st, to celebrate the ministry of the laity. This year the district recognized 79 recipients of the Laity Service Award. They say a picture is worth a thousand words....watch this video and join us as we celebrate and praise God for the mighty work he is doing among the laity of the Metro District for the sake of the Kingdom of God, on earth as it is in heaven!