Means of Grace Podcast

Means of Grace, a podcast from the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, equips church leaders through expertise and examples. Every week, we feature local experts on a variety of topics from leadership to innovation and share examples of churches in our conference reaching their communities in new ways through mission engagement, Fresh Expressions and much more. Rev. Kim Ingram, Rev. Luke Edwards, Jesse Enniss, Melissa McGill, Caroline Wood and Brian Mateer host. 

Our goal is to equip church leaders through expertise and examples in Western North Carolina. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, defined Means of Grace as the outward signs, words or actions that are the ordinary channels conveying God’s grace to the souls of people. We break them into two categories – works of piety – like prayer, studying the scriptures, worshiping together and sharing in the sacraments – and works of mercy – doing good works, visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, seeking justice, and working to end oppression and discrimination. So when we’re talking about leadership or discipleship or an outreach initiative, it’s about more than doing a program well, it’s a means of God’s grace to the world.

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Means Of Grace: Season of Creation

In this episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Brian Mateer, Director of Missional Engagement, speaks with Reverend Johnathan Brake, Global Ministries Environmental Sustainabilities Program Manager, and Reverend Jarrod Davis, Creation Ministries ...

Means Of Grace: Vitality Through Storytelling

In this episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Rev. Dr. Nicole Jones talks with Kim and Jesse about her Vitality through Storytelling initiative that is developing connections and amplifying the stories of rural churches and communities.

Means Of Grace: Is There Hope After Tragedy?: Guest Episode from The Curious Living Podcast produced by Williamson’s Chapel UMC, Mooresville

This week we are delighted to share a guest episode from the podcast of one of our local churches! The Curious Living podcast is sponsored and produced by Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Mooresville, and hosted by Rev. Monica Humpal.

Means Of Grace: Cultivating Life Together

In this Means Of Grace episode, podcast guest Dr. Luke Bretherton, Robert E. Cushman, Distinguished Professor of Moral and Political Theology at Duke Divinity School, talks with Jesse Enniss and Kim Ingram, imagining how humans and creation journey ...

Means Of Grace: Meditation with Rev. Jill Schneider Smith

In this Means Of Grace episode, Rev. Jill Schneider Smith leads us through a practice of grounding and contemplation to care for our hearts, bodies, minds, and spirits in this busy summer season.

Means Of Grace: Looking Beyond and Reclaiming an Inclusive, Evangelical Church

In this Means Of Grace episode, Jesse Enniss and Kim Ingram talk with WNCC clergy leaders and church pastors Brian Elwell, Mandy Jones, Karen Easter-Bayne, John Henry, Jr., and Mark Conforti about ways the church is changing and how ministry and ...

Means of Grace: UMC 2023 Juneteenth Celebration in Waynesville, NC

In this week’s episode, host Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr. has a conversation with Rev. D'Andre Ash about Juneteenth and what it means to our society today.
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