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. 

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Episodes & Show Notes

Means of Grace: Green Spaces in Ministry, Part 2

Means of Grace: Green Spaces in Ministry, Part 2

4/27/2021
This edition of the Means of Grace podcast is a three-part series highlighting four ministries in Western North Carolina who are using green spaces in ministry. These ministries meet people where they are and invite them to something new – an orchard, a story walk, a worship service, exercise, a meal. Part 2 features "The Kevins" – Kevin Miller and Kevin Bates – who are starting a new faith community in the outdoors called Way in the Wilderness: A Church Without Walls. These episodes are airing on the Tuesdays surrounding Earth Day to encourage you to consider how you might connect the earth and its Creator with the lives of people in your community. It doesn't take much green space to start an innovative and inspiring outdoor ministry!
Means of Grace: Green Spaces in Ministry, Part 1

Means of Grace: Green Spaces in Ministry, Part 1

4/20/2021
This edition of the Means of Grace podcast uses two episodes to highlight four ministries in Western North Carolina who are using green spaces in ministry. These ministries meet people where they are and invite them to something new – an orchard, a story walk, a worship service, exercise, a meal. Part 1 features Ann Self, the executive director of The Village Green in Cashiers, and Chris Harbin and Edmari Correya deCastro, who share about their aquaponics and biodiverse orchard ministry. These episodes are airing on the Tuesdays surrounding Earth Day as a way for leaders to consider how they might connect the earth and its Creator with the lives of people in their community. One of the many blessings of living in North Carolina is access to beautiful spaces and God’s earth. These podcasts encourage you to think about your own outdoor space – it doesn’t take much – and how it can be used in ministry. Be sure to check out Part 2 next week.
Means of Grace: A Conversation with Greg Jarrell

Means of Grace: A Conversation with Greg Jarrell

4/13/2021
In this episode, Brian talks with Greg Jarrell, founder of QC Family Tree in Charlotte and author of "A Riff of Love: Notes on Community and Belonging." Since 2005, Greg and his wife have been serving their neighborhood of Enderly Park in West Charlotte through QC Family Tree, an organization that seeks to build a better community through affordable housing, youth development, and art. Brian and Greg talk about building community, the dangers of white centrism in minority neighborhoods, and the work QC Family Tree is doing in Charlotte.The Mission Engagement Team will be hosting a virtual book club discussing "A Riff of Love" beginning April 21st. Learn more in the show notes.
Means of Grace: A Meditation for Holy Week with Dr. Melanie Dobson

Means of Grace: A Meditation for Holy Week with Dr. Melanie Dobson

3/30/2021
In this episode, Dr. Melanie Dobson shares a Lovingkindness meditation for Holy Week. This is a beautiful prayer practice that offers God’s lovingkindness to each of us and gives us space to offer it to each other—both to those whom we love, and those who really bother us. It is called a “metta meditation.” The word “metta” comes from the Buddhist tradition and means “lovingkindness”: it is a way of offering and receiving goodness, grace, and wellness for ourselves and for others. As Christians, we understand that the source of lovingkindness is the three-in-one God whose very being is love (1 John 4:16). We receive this prayer as a gift from another tradition and practice it with the gentleness and respect it offers to us.
Means of Grace: Reimagining Connectionalism with the Appalachian District

Means of Grace: Reimagining Connectionalism with the Appalachian District

3/23/2021
In today’s episode Luke Edwards sits down with Carl Arrington, District Superintendent of the Appalachian District, and Gloria Hughes, District Vitality Associate. They share about some exciting things happening in the district. In particular, a weekly Zoom call where clergy in the district have found support and courage to learn in this challenging season.
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