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: 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...

Means of Grace featuring AFRESH: Recovery Ministry & Fresh Expressions

In this week's episode of Means of Grace, we share a special guest episode from Afresh, a Fresh Expressions podcast from the Uwharrie District. Rev. Katie Lineberger has an important conversation with Rev. Caitlin McAlhany Laina Davis-Harvey about ...

Means of Grace: Digital Doorways to Church

In this episode, Director of Church Development Rev. Rob Hutchinson talks all things digital church and worship with Jason Moore, Both/And Hybrid Worship consultant; Anne Bosarge, pastor of Chapel Online Church; and Rev. Nathan Webb, pastor of ...

Means of Grace: Q&A with Bishop Ken Carter

In this episode, Director of Communications Melissa McGill talks to Bishop Ken Carter about leading the Church in this season, his own calling, his encouragement for church leaders, how he takes his coffee and much more.
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