Means of Grace

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: Mental and Spiritual Health - Body, Mind, and Soul

Means of Grace: Mental and Spiritual Health - Body, Mind, and Soul

7/7/2020
Director of Missional Engagement and Connectional Ministries Caroline Wood, and guests Rev. Eddie Ingram and Dr. Lori Dickson, explore how stress affects mental, physical, and spiritual health. Rev. Ingram explains the Enneagram types and helps us understand each type’s unique response to stress. Dr. Dickson shares the challenges and joys of serving as a general practitioner in a rural community lacking in mental health resources.
Means of Grace: Moving Stories

Means of Grace: Moving Stories

6/24/2020
In this episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Kim Ingram and Jesse Enniss talk with three Western North Carolina clergy: Duncan Martin, Drew McIntyre, and Mark Barden, who share their stories of moving day and getting ready to leave one parsonage and move into another one. Duncan and Mark, who are also PKs (preacher’s kids) reflect on experiences growing up, as well. They each remind us of the care that is given to families and ways that the transition can be made easier - usually it involves a sense of humor. We hope you will enjoy this lighter edition of Means of Grace, as so many of you can relate these stories to your own experiences.
Means of Grace: Rethinking Summer Missions

Means of Grace: Rethinking Summer Missions

6/9/2020
Brian Mateer, Associate Director of Missional Engagement, leads a conversation with Rev. Kris Mares and Rev. Laura Byrch on how churches should evaluate summer missions during COVID-19.
Means of Grace: Race. Racism. The Church's Clarion Call.

Means of Grace: Race. Racism. The Church's Clarion Call.

6/3/2020
In this episode, we feature an important conversation on racism and the Church’s call to action, led by Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand on the Metro District Sights & Sounds podcast. This conversation with Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh, founder of A Certain Work, and Metro District Superintendent Rev. David Hockett is part one of a three-part series. Listen and subscribe to Metro District Sights & Sounds for parts two and three.
Means of Grace: Building Bridges with Rev. Susan Suarez Webster

Means of Grace: Building Bridges with Rev. Susan Suarez Webster

5/26/2020
On this episode, Melissa talks with the Rev. Susan Suarez Webster about building bridges between our churches and the community. Susan is the assistant pastor for community outreach at Central United Methodist Church in East Charlotte and the recipient of the 2020 Sydnor Thompson, Jr. Community Leader Award from Mecklenburg Ministries. MeckMin describes this award as honoring local leaders committed to building bridges of understanding, compassion and justice. She will be honored at a May 27 fundraising breakfast that will be held virtually for the first time.
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