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: An Update from Hispanic/Latino Congregations in the Western NC Conference - Una Actualización de las Congregaciones Hispanas/Latinas de la Conferencia Oeste de Carolina del Norte

In today’s episode, Luke talks with four members of our conference, Rev. Sonia Baca-Zuniga, Rev. David Ortigoza, Jaidymar Smith, and Rev. Chris Smith about Hispanic/Latino congregations in the Western North Carolina Conference. We explore how God is ...

Means of Grace: Our Pathways to the Post-Covid Church with Bishop Ken Carter

Over the past two years, the world has changed dramatically and our ways of doing church have been disrupted. In this episode, Bishop Carter explores four interrelated pathways to the Post-Covid Church. This is a journey we are called to walk ...

Means of Grace: Justice and Love - A Conversation with The Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman

In this episode, the Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr. has an important conversation about justice with the Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, immediate past president of the NC NAACP and an ordained minister in the AME Zion Church.

Means of Grace: Examen in the Wesleyan Tradition

As we begin 2022, Bishop Ken Carter offers a spiritual practice for the new year. This Examen in the Wesleyan Tradition walks listeners through a prayerful review of their day, rooted in our tradition as followers of Jesus in the Wesleyan Tradition. ...

Means of Grace: Being Still When You Can't Sit Still

In the midst of the busiest time of the year, listen in on a conversation with Rob Hutchinson and Ashley Thomas about what it’s like “Being Still and knowing God” is present – even when you can hardly sit still.

Means of Grace: Young Clergy Hope for the Future

With much anxiety due to the pandemic and uncertainty about the future of the United Methodist Church a significant number of pastors have considered quitting full-time ministry in the past 18 months. In this episode, Kim Ingram and Jesse Enniss ...

Means of Grace: Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks: A Reflection from John Wesley

In this episode, Melissa, Luke, and Aimee share a reflection for Thanksgiving from John Wesley’s commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. As we enter this season of gratitude, we prayerfully reflect upon the words of our tradition’s founder, seeking to...
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