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: 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.

Means of Grace: New Mindset --> Changed Hearts and Improved Relationships

Jesse Enniss and Kim Ingram talk with Mark Ralls and Kent Smith about how despite differences, we can change the culture in our churches and communities when people shift their mindset and regard one another differently.

Means of Grace: Lighthouse Congregations: Creating a Space for Healing & Hope

Director of Church Development, Rev. Rob Hutchinson, speaks with several pastors of Lighthouse Congregations. Together, they explore what it means to be a Lighthouse Congregation, how these families of faith are creating space for healing and hope ...

Means of Grace: Earth Day 2023

Brian Mateer, Director of Missional Engagement, interviews, Creation Care Team Leaders Rev. Jonathan Brake and Kim Richmond. As Earth Day approaches, they reflect on the theology of Creation Care and give practical examples of how local churches can ...

Means of Grace: A Holy Week Meditation from Bishop Carter

As we prepare our hearts to journey with Jesus to the cross, the grave, and into resurrection, Bishop Carter offers these words of prayer and reflection.

Means of Grace BONUS EPISODE: Our Life in Community: A Mid-Lenten Reflection with Bishop Carter

In this short bonus episode, Bishop Carter dives a bit deeper into the life and teaching of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, particularly related to Bonhoeffer's book Life Together, which we have been studying together as a Conference throughout the season of ...

Means of Grace: Church is Changing, Part 1

In this week's episode, Rob Hutchinson, WNCC Director of Church Development, speaks with Guilford College UMC's Student Associate Minister, Andres Perez Gonzalez. Together, they discuss the ways church is changing in 2023 and how we can grow our ...
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