Six months into stay-at-home orders, every church has had to make significant shifts in their ministry. In this episode of Means of Grace, Jesse Enniss talks with Rev. Dr. Andrea Smith, pastor of West UMC in Mooresville, NC, and Rev. Dan Hester, pastor of Skyland United Methodist Church in Asheville, NC about leadership in this time of change. They discuss how they have adapted their use of technology, their engagement with their communities, how they, as leaders, have been making decisions, and so much more! Listen for free at www.wnccumc.org/meansofgrace or wherever you get your podcasts!
Chenequa Walker-Barnes, PhD at the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, is closing out the Recover. Restore. Retreat. webinar series. She’ll be speaking on theories and praxis to COVID disparities in the Black community. You do not want to miss this!
COVID has been hard on leaders and many are exhausted, discouraged, and in need of time away. The Leadership Development Team wants to help nurture your spirit in order to be renewed and restored in life and in ministry. This could be possible through a private, renewal retreat or by engaging with a spiritual director. Ministry leaders (clergy and lay professionals) who sign up for an offering and pay a personal investment of $50, are eligible for up to $500. Funds are available because of the generosity of churches who pay their apportionments.
A new advertising campaign from The United Methodist Church urges people to find hope together amid the challenges posed by this year’s COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial tensions.
"With the number of coronavirus cases across the country, fall and winter holiday celebrations are likely to look very different this year. Adjust your church plans now for fall festivals, Halloween and Christmas. With a little creativity you can create celebrations that are fun and safe. Here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing."
Are you struggling to keep young people engaged online? Join Sarah Leer and youth from her congregation to talk about how they keep online connections fresh and fun, but also how they engage each other safely offline in this season of life. Tuesday, September 2, 7 p.m. EST
"In a lot of small to medium churches, the digital platform is managed by a volunteer, a pastor, or someone on staff, but they are given a hundred other duties to do so social media and the online experience are not a priority...choosing the right set of volunteers to engage digitally is important."
We want to hear how COVID-19 is affecting your congregation. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to let us know how the Conference can best support you at this time.
Numerous churches across the conference are livestreaming their worship services, Bible studies, prayer services, bedtime Bible stories, and more. Connect with them here!
Please join us at for our Convocation and Pastors' School Virtual Mini-Series. This year’s theme is Christian Leadership in Turbulent Times and will take over five, one-hour lunchtime sessions, throughout September and October, beginning September 14 with Will Willimon. For more information and to register for free please visit the CPS webpage at https://divinity.duke.edu/events/convocation-pastors-school
This resource from our sister conference in Florida offers stories from United Methodist Churches across their conference who are making the hard decision this fall regarding preschool - open, or not? "COVID-19 has forced United Methodist Churches throughout the Florida Conference into hard decisions about how to conduct worship services, but the dilemma doesn't end there. Many churches also operate daycare centers and preschools, and with the new school year at hand they faced a simple truth: The challenges are as varied as the churches seeking answers."
In this episode, Brian Mateer has a conversation with Rev. Steve Cheney, Campus Minister at UNC-Charlotte and Rev. Diron Chloe, Campus Minister at North Carolina A&T University and Pastor of Metropolitan United Methodist in Greensboro, NC. Connect with these ministries: UNC-Charlotte, www.ninerunited.org and A&T University Wesley Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us Tuesday, August 25th at 10:00 a.m. as we hear from Tamell Green, the CEO of the PR firm Metamorphosis! She’ll be discussing how to create the ultimate online guest experience.
Focusing on a different topic of leadership development each month, eLEAD, the newsletter of the WNCC Leadership Development Team delivers the resources you need directly to your inbox! Recent topics include: Resilience (August 2020), Agility (July 2020), and Racial Justice, Equity, and Action (June 2020). Be sure you are subscribed today!
Tamell Green, CEO of Metamorphosis PR Firm, is joining us in the Recover Restore Retreat webinar series for black clergy members! Starting at 10:00 a.m., she’ll dive into how to grow your church’s digital reach through social media!
IEI is committed to engaging and building capacity within our communities. IEI’s Summer School Series will offer a number of online discussions, training, and workshops that will help communities work better together to identify challenges, problem-solve, and connect to resources. This four-part capacity building series will engage participants in virtual learning and sharing on the following topics: Civic Engagement, Storytelling, Adaptive Leadership, and Collective Impact.
Diamond Nurse, the CEO and Chief Social Media Strategist of Diamond M.I.N.E. Group in Charlotte, NC, will be speaking at next Tuesday's Recover. Restore. Retreat. webinar series! She’ll be talking about how to build genuine communities online, strengthening your presence across platforms and will answer any of your social media related questions.
"COVID-19, and our responses to it, continue to create new needs in the community. Those new needs mean new opportunities for churches to connect with young people and their families."
Amidst heightened demand, the United Methodist Communications training team has launched a new set of online courses designed to assist those in leadership tasked with creating and maintaining engaging online worship experiences in a socially distanced world.
Chris Brady, a practicing psychotherapist from Raleigh, NC, will be hosting the Carolina Black Clergy webinar, Recover. Restore. Retreat., on Tuesday, July 28 at 10 AM. He will be speaking on "Coping with COVID in Community: Mind, Body and Soul."