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Means of Grace: How Do We Create the Beloved Community? We Listen.

1/17/2023
#BeUMC
Antiracism
Engage
Imagine
Means of Grace
Personal Reflections
In this Means Of Grace podcast episode, Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr. speaks with Dr. Derek Hicks, Associate Professor of Religion and Culture at Wake Forest Divinity School. Together, they discuss this current moment for the Black Church, the future of the Black faith tradition, and what it means to create the Beloved Community.

Bishop Carter Announces Cabinet Changes

1/15/2023
Bishop - News
Clergy
News
Rev. Laura Auten concludes her eight-year ministry as the Uwharrie District Superintendent. Rev. Beth Crissman to be appointed as new District Superintendent for the Uwharrie District. Rev. Kim Ingram joins the appointive cabinet.

The 5 W's of Writing

1/11/2023
Administration
Lay Ministry Professionals
Personal Reflections
I'm sure you remember the 5 W's of writing:  Who, What, When, Where, Why. Now if you are like me, there has been a time or two when I have omitted a necessary "W" from an announcement.  I once posted ...

Duke Divinity School 2023 Preaching Initiative - Applications Due January 27th

1/10/2023
Christian Education
Clergy
Laity – Training Opportunities
Leadership Development
Ways To Engage Your Congregation
Duke Divinity School is now accepting applications to participate in the 2023 DDS Preaching Cohort. This experience is generously funded by The Parish Ministry Fund and will be taught by the Rev. Dr. Michael B. Brown. Applications are due on January 27th.

Fuel Your Ministry With a Reynolds Grant

1/10/2023
Financial and Administrative Resources
Financial Resources
Innovation
Mission
Do you have an idea to engage your community beyond the church walls - but aren't sure how to pay for it? A Reynolds grant can help.

Hood Theological Seminary to Host 2023 Virtual Heritage Lecture Series

1/10/2023
The 2023 Virtual Bishop Alfred E. and Mrs. Mamie White Endowed Heritage Lecture Series will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023, at 7:00 pm EST, and Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 10:00 am EST. The lectures will take place virtually via zoom. For the zoom links to attend these lecture series as well as more information, please go here: https://www.hoodseminary.edu/news/2023-heritage-lecture-series. Zoom links will be added soon. Please note, there will be two Zoom links, one for Friday and one for Saturday. The speaker will be Dr. Johnny Bernard Hill.

LDT Spiritual Renewal Grant for Clergy & Lay Ministry Staff

1/10/2023
Administration
Clergy
Financial and Administrative Resources
Laity – News & Resources
Lay Ministry Professionals
News
The WNCC Leadership Development Team (LDT) invites you to intentionally seek time away to be spiritually renewed in the presence of God.  The LDT knows ministry work can be draining, even while being fulfilling.  Take advantage of the Spiritual Renewal grant to be renewed and restored in life and in ministry.  Clergy and lay staff within the WNCC connection are eligible for $500 for a retreat, spiritual direction, or guided renewal program.  Funds are limited and only available for a short time, so read more about these opportunities and apply now!

Hood Theological Seminary to Hold Virtual Firm Foundation Covenant Service

1/6/2023
Christian Education
Hood Theological Seminary (HTS) will hold its annual Virtual Firm Foundation Covenant Service on February 8, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. This event will be virtual via Zoom.

The Latest Edition of E-News - Register for the Winter Leadership Training Today, Check Out the 2022 Digital Magazine, and more!

1/5/2023
News
Read this edition of the WNCC E-Newsletter published on January 4, 2023.
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