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: Re-membering the Body of Christ: The Church and Justice

In this conversation with Susan Heafner-Heun, she talks with Jesse and Kim about the opportunity for a church to connect with the needs of the world through ministries of justice. They discuss the difference between service and justice and Susan ...

Means of Grace: The Heart of Our Calling with Dr. Sam Wells

In this episode, we have a guest host, Parker Haynes, pastor of Trinity UMC in King, NC and member of the Leadership Development Team. He interviews the Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells, Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, parish priest of the Church ...

Means of Grace: Showing Up: Advocating for the Poor and Marginalized - MOG Ep. No. 88

This edition of the Means of Grace features a conversation with Rev. Joel Simpson, pastor of First UMC in Taylorsville, NC. Joel has a heart for justice and the poor and marginalized. In April, Joel, along with Shane Claiborne, led participants ...

Means of Grace: Stories Along The Journey - MOG Ep. No. 87

This week we are hosting a guest episode for Stories Along the Journey, a podcast by the Appalachian District. In this episode, Gloria Hughes and Lory Beth Huffman have a conversation with author, activist, and speaker, Shane Claiborne about how he ...

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Means of Grace: Will There Be a Place For Me in the UMC? A Panel Discussion From The 2022 Annual Conference

In this week’s episode, we get to listen in on a conversation that took place during the 2022 Annual Conference. On Thursday evening, Bishop Carter, along with a group of clergy from across the conference, of various races, ages, genders, and ...

Means of Grace: Life in Thirds with Bishop Carter

In this episode, Bishop Ken Carter shares a helpful technique for thinking about and grappling with the various aspects of our callings and our lives. As members of and leaders in the United Methodist Church, we are called to create disciples, to ...
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