Ministry Resources

Carolina Black Clergy Webinar

Carolina Black Clergy Webinar "Corona-Defense: How to Live a BOD4GOD Lifestyle"

7/8/2020
The 60-minute webinar will highlight the importance of "eating to live" and not "living to eat" during a pandemic. This information will identify the direct correlation between what we eat and our current health/how we feel. We will also learn that although exercise is only 20% of the equation, it is still a vital part of living a BOD4GOD lifestyle.
Means of Grace: Mental & Spiritual Health: Body, Mind, Soul

Means of Grace: Mental & Spiritual Health: Body, Mind, Soul

7/8/2020
In the latest episode of the Means of Grace podcast, 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. Listen at www.wnccumc.org/meansofgrace or wherever you get your podcasts.
UMW Celebrations To Be Held Virtually

UMW Celebrations To Be Held Virtually

7/8/2020
In our efforts to care for the safety and well being of all of our members, we are planning virtual Conference and District Annual Celebrations for 2020. We all look forward to the day when we can again gather safely in person, and experience the joy of that wonderful supportive community of United Methodist Women that is a part of every Annual Celebration!
Plans Move Forward to Hold Annual Conference Virtually on August 8

Plans Move Forward to Hold Annual Conference Virtually on August 8

7/1/2020
Given the current challenges of meeting in-person and keeping our constituencies safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize it is no longer feasible to gather 3,000 people in the same location. Therefore, Bishop Leeland, the Cabinet, and Conference Secretary, Rev. Kim Ingram, propose a virtual meeting on August 8, 2020. Lay and clergy delegates to the 2020 Annual Conference will receive a paper ballot in the mail to approve moving Annual Conference to a virtual platform this year. Please return this ballot by July 15.
Digital Connection and Community Survey

Digital Connection and Community Survey

6/22/2020
We are all built for connection. Over the last two decades, we have seen modern notions of what constitutes “connection” change radically, and nowhere is that more visible than in the digital lives of Americans. Despite the need for connection and the expanding role of digital media into religious life, little is known about how digital media fosters community and the forms of leadership that can support congregations’ engagement in digital spaces. We need your help to fill this gap in knowledge.
Family Retreat and Mission Opportunities at Hinton Rural Life Center

Family Retreat and Mission Opportunities at Hinton Rural Life Center

6/10/2020
Hinton Rural Life Center is responding to individual and family needs to retreat, reflect, and renew during this uncertain and stressful time by offering affordable options to getaway, but still be mindful of protecting oneself and others.
Pentecost Resources for Virtual Ministries and At-Home Worship

Pentecost Resources for Virtual Ministries and At-Home Worship

5/28/2020
We have curated a list of resources for celebrating Pentecost virtually with your congregation and small groups, or at home with your family!
Help Sessions for Clergy Moving in a Crazy Time

Help Sessions for Clergy Moving in a Crazy Time

5/26/2020
Coach facilitated help sessions are being offered to clergy moving in a crazy time through the generosity of the Duke Endowment.
Phase Two Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

Phase Two Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

5/21/2020
As the state of North Carolina prepares to enter Phase Two, the Cabinet has updated our Conference Guidelines for In-Person Worship and Ministry During COVID-19. These will be effective Saturday May 23, 2020 and will remain in effect until at least June 30, 2020. In alignment and compliance with public health guidance, governmental mandates, and our scriptural and Wesleyan call to "love others" and “do no harm,” these guidelines are to be followed by churches in the Western North Carolina Conference. We have also prepared a Frequently Asked Questions to help you navigate ministry concerns at this time.
Why Reopening a Church is Different: Planning for the future during COVID-19 presents challenges for the church unlike any other.

Why Reopening a Church is Different: Planning for the future during COVID-19 presents challenges for the church unlike any other.

5/20/2020
Alex A. Shanks explores why reopening a church is different than reopening a business. "Planning for the future during COVID-19 presents challenges for the church unlike any other. How will we lead in a time of change?"
Spiritual Disciplines while Distancing

Spiritual Disciplines while Distancing

5/18/2020
As we emerge from the crisis of the last weeks and enter a new era of being church, establishing strong spiritual disciplines requires innovation, mutual support and accountability. Join one of these learning sessions to grow alongside your clergy and lay peers.
A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing

A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing

5/18/2020
With questions arising about viral safety and communal singing, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, Barbershop Harmony Society, and Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) present an important webinar about the near term future of singing as we seek fact based solutions in protecting our singers, teachers, and conductors during this time.
How to use the new Facebook Live Producer with your computer webcam

How to use the new Facebook Live Producer with your computer webcam

5/16/2020
With Facebook rolling out the new Live Producer, we want to be sure you have the information you need to keep live streaming your services! *Please note, as of now, the camera option for Live Producer only works in the Chrome Beta and/or Firefox browsers.
Camp Tekoa Summer Plans

Camp Tekoa Summer Plans

5/12/2020
Announcement of suspension of scheduled summer camp and addition of new summer opportunities Also announcement of the Tekoa "Raise Your Candles High" Emergency Fund campaign
One Church's Dedication to Caring for Seniors

One Church's Dedication to Caring for Seniors

5/11/2020
First United Methodist Church in Mocksville dedicates itself to caring for seniors in two stages of life - homebound and college-bound.
Online Worship Shifts Our Perspectives on Modern Ministry

Online Worship Shifts Our Perspectives on Modern Ministry

5/6/2020
Using examples of three United Methodist Churches in the WNCC, Aimee Yeager explores some of the ways our perspectives of online ministry have shifted in the wake of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
Peer Learning - Appointment Changes while Distancing

Peer Learning - Appointment Changes while Distancing

4/29/2020
Peer learning sessions for clergy and church leaders who are experiencing an appointment change during this season of physical distancing and disrupted church activities.
Distributed Church: Resources for Navigating The New Reality

Distributed Church: Resources for Navigating The New Reality

4/29/2020
Fresh Expressions is hosting webinars on how to navigate the complexities of being the church during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
How to Host Sunday School and Small Groups During Displacement

How to Host Sunday School and Small Groups During Displacement

4/29/2020
Small groups and Sunday school classes form one of the most powerful connections and means of support for members. Many people are asking: What happens to these connections during times of social distancing? How can leaders maintain these essential care mechanisms in the lives of members?
Means of Grace: Being the Rural Church in a Pandemic

Means of Grace: Being the Rural Church in a Pandemic

4/29/2020
Rural churches have a unique opportunity to provide resources, connections, and hope during these stressful times. This episode of the Means of Grace podcast features a conversation with Rev. Santosh Niroula, Rev. Kristen Richardson-Frick and Rev. Allen Stanton, three leaders who have experience and expertise in leading and understanding churches in rural areas. They discuss the role of the church in a rural community and how it can build the kingdom through these connections. Listen on our website at www.wnccumc.org/meansofgrace or wherever you get your podcasts.
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