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Below are news stories published by the Western North Carolina Conference.  We recommend that you also subscribe to ENews and bookmark the United Methodist News Service to be more aware of what is going on in the conference and denomination. 

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Tell me, “What exactly is the function of the Church?”

Tell me, “What exactly is the function of the Church?”

3/26/2018
by Charlotte Brendel Our Book of Discipline is clear about why the church exists: ¶ 202.  The Function of the Local Church — The church of Jesus Christ exists in and for the world. It is primarily at the level of the charge consisting of one or more local churches that the church encounters the world. The local church is a strategic base from which Christians move out to the structures of society. The function of the local church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is to help people to ...
Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

3/23/2018
LOS ANGELES – Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they completed their meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22. The 32-member Commission has been meeting since January 2017 in various places throughout the global denomination to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to ...
Brooks-Howell Home shares latest news

Brooks-Howell Home shares latest news

3/21/2018
We here at Brooks-Howell Home have some incredible news that we can’t wait to share with other members of the community. But what is Brooks-Howell Home? We are a not-for-profit charitable continuing care retirement community. Originally it was established as a retirement destination for United Methodist deaconesses and missionaries, but has evolved into a community that includes local residents from Western North Carolina, clergy and spouses, and service personnel from other denominations. Our ...
Lake Junaluska to invest over $400,000 in youth and young adult facilities

Lake Junaluska to invest over $400,000 in youth and young adult facilities

3/21/2018
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C.—Lake Junaluska has recently received more than $400,000 in charitable donations to renovate youth and young adult facilities. Upgrades will begin in late spring.   Rev. Mitzi Johnson, director of programming at Lake Junaluska, said she is excited to see the transformation of the buildings and the effect it will have on the thousands of youth who stay at Lake Junaluska each year.   “I'm thrilled by this resounding affirmation that Lake Junaluska cares deeply about youth and ...
Bishops, leaders of UMC-related institutions optimistic of denomination’s future

Bishops, leaders of UMC-related institutions optimistic of denomination’s future

3/20/2018
DALLAS - Several leaders of United Methodist Church-related institutions voiced optimism and are preparing for possible changes in the global denomination that could occur as a result of the Special Session of the General Conference called for February next year. As part of its commitment of offering a proposal that would move The United Methodist Church forward with as much unity as possible, the Council of Bishops invited leaders of United Methodist-related anchor institutions for ...
Registration for Emory 5K at AC2018

Registration for Emory 5K at AC2018

3/20/2018
WNC Emory Club 2018 5K at Lake Junaluska Register at: runsignup.com/EmoryClub5K $25 before 5/31/18 $35 after Friday, June 22, 2018 8 AM Stuart Auditorium Benefitting: UMCOR/Puerto Rico Recovery
Packing Instructions and Project AGAPE/UMCOR Drop-Off Locations

Packing Instructions and Project AGAPE/UMCOR Drop-Off Locations

3/17/2018
  Packing Instructions and Project AGAPE/UMCOR Drop-Off Locations Please pack all items in the smallest box that is appropriate.  Recommended box size is 16” X 12” X 12” since boxes of that size can be reused as part of a shipment. List the contents on the outside of the box. Also, pack the boxes as full and tight as possible.  That prevents boxes from being crushed as they are stacked in the warehouse awaiting the sorting process. If at all possible, avoid using plastic bags, ...
Lake Junaluska to host 5K, egg hunts, sunrise service for Easter

Lake Junaluska to host 5K, egg hunts, sunrise service for Easter

3/15/2018
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Lake Junaluska has a full schedule set for Easter weekend, including a 5K run, children’s Easter egg hunt, sunrise service overlooking the lake and buffet lunch. Everyone is invited to attend the events.   Friends of the Lake 5K   Easter weekend at Lake Junaluska begins with the Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk and Fun Run on Saturday, March 31. The event, which is in its 11th year, is a way for the community to support the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail, one of the ...
Commission on a Way Forward meets March 19-22 to prepare final report

Commission on a Way Forward meets March 19-22 to prepare final report

3/14/2018
WASHINGTON D.C. – The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward will meet in Los Angeles on March 19-22 to prepare a final report to be submitted to the Council of the Bishops for consideration by the bishops at their April/May meeting. “The Commission is focused on suggesting a way forward that pays attention to our public mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, especially with those who are not yet a part of our churches,” said Bishop Ken Carter, resident ...
UNC Charlotte campus ministry responds to Montana blizzards

UNC Charlotte campus ministry responds to Montana blizzards

3/13/2018
Fifteen Early Response Team members, all students at UNC Charlotte and active in Niner United, the United Methodist campus ministry, responded to the multiple blizzards affecting northwest Montana’s Blackfeet Native American Reservation. Since the first of January, the Blackfeet Reservation has seen an astonishing 240 inches of snow. Nearly 7,500 people live on the reservation, and many have been snowed in for over a month. The Early Response Team from UNC Charlotte received and distributed ...
Bishop Leeland announces District Superintendent changes

Bishop Leeland announces District Superintendent changes

3/11/2018
Bishop Paul L. Leeland and the Western North Carolina appointive cabinet announce the retirements of two current District Superintendents.  Rev. Dr. Nancy Rankin and Rev. Mark Andrews will officially retire at the upcoming Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, June 22-24, 2018. Nancy Rankin is currently serving the Northern Piedmont District, where she has been since 2012.  Her previous appointments include: Mt. Tabor, Winston-Salem, associate (1984-1987); Oak Grove, Charlotte (1991-1996); ...
In Memoriam: Bishop L. Bevel Jones III

In Memoriam: Bishop L. Bevel Jones III

3/7/2018
We learned on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 of the death of Bishop Bevel Jones.  We express our prayers and condolences to the Jones family, and to all of their friends and associates. He was elected to the episcopacy at the 1984 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, he was assigned to the Charlotte area and served the Western North Carolina Conference until his retirement in 1996. Bev Jones was born in a Methodist parsonage in Gracewood, Georgia. He earned the A.B. degree from Emory University and...
Ken Howle elected Executive Director of Lake Junaluska

Ken Howle elected Executive Director of Lake Junaluska

3/5/2018
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — The Lake Junaluska Board of Trustees has unanimously elected Ken Howle as the new executive director of Lake Junaluska. He will assume the role immediately.   Howle has worked at Lake Junaluska for the last 14 years as director of advancement and as director of sales and marketing. He is a life-long United Methodist. He serves as a member of the church council at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Waynesville, N.C.   “We are fortunate to be able to build on Ken’s ...
New grants for churches needing websites

New grants for churches needing websites

3/5/2018
Website Development Grants are for local United Methodist churches and church entities who do not currently have a website.  Through this new grant, United Methodist Communications will offer the following: One year of webhosting One year of domain name registration Free WordPress online training through UMCOM Free online support throughout your training and during your year of web hosting Free pre-designed templates for easy development of your new website United Methodist Churches and church...
Commission on a Way Forward clarifies values as it presents two sketches to bishops

Commission on a Way Forward clarifies values as it presents two sketches to bishops

3/1/2018
DALLAS - What is the Christ’s way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas this week as they received an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward. In the report given to the Council this week, the Commission shared with the bishops two sketches that carry forward many of the values and principles of the three sketches that were presented to the bishops at their ...
Deadline for Petitions for Annual Conference- April 3

Deadline for Petitions for Annual Conference- April 3

3/1/2018
The deadline for submitting petitions for consideration by the 2018 Western North Carolina Annual Conference has been extended to Tuesday, April 3.  Please send petitions to Rev. Kim Ingram, Conference Secretary at kingram@wnccumc.org and they will be reviewed by the Petitions Committee.  For help with formatting, please refer to previous petitions.
Cycle to Lake Junaluska 2018

Cycle to Lake Junaluska 2018

2/28/2018
Cycle to Lake Junaluska June 18-20, 2018 You are invited to join in the 5th Annual Cycle to Lake Junaluska which will take place Monday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Join us as we pedal to Lake Junaluska in a 3-day fully supported charity bicycle ride that benefits the campus ministries of our conference. The C2LJ Team has been hard at work to set up a 145 mile route with amazing host sites. Day 1 will start in Hickory, NC at Christ UMC on Monday, June 18 and cycle to Rutherfordton, ...
Bishops to receive, discuss updated report from Commission on a Way Forward

Bishops to receive, discuss updated report from Commission on a Way Forward

2/26/2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - With attention on the missional and theological foundations of The United Methodist Church, the Council of Bishops (COB) is preparing to receive an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward on possible models regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the global denomination. The 32-member Commission met last month to rework sketches of possible models of the future of the denomination and will present that updated report to the bishops at a special meeting set for ...
WNCC CEF and Pfeiffer invites you to a Day Apart May 17th

WNCC CEF and Pfeiffer invites you to a Day Apart May 17th

2/22/2018
Grace Break ​Are you seeking ways to thrive in ministry for the long-haul?  Maybe you​ are tired, feeling the pressures of a 24/7 on-call ministry, or stressed at leading your church to make disciples for Jesus Christ in today's world?   Led by Big Sigh Ministries Inc. co-founders Jacqueline and Jack Tookey, this workshop will help you focus on self-care, rest and renewal.   Based on Mark 6, The Jesus’ Way for rest and renewal (Get Away, Get with People who Love You, Serve Where You’re not in ...
Nominations for 2018  Denman Evangelism Awards Now Being Accepted

Nominations for 2018 Denman Evangelism Awards Now Being Accepted

2/22/2018
“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.”  We cross paths with people that personify this quote almost daily in our ministry.  Like Susie Heidt, who coordinated a successful VBS in a town that has no schools.  Or Ethan Oltreman, a high school senior who organized a revival designed to encourage racial reconciliation.  Or Rev. Andrew Singh who is passionate  about moving his church parishioners to pray and grow in their prayer lives equipping them to share the Good News of ...
Recognition of Church Anniversaries

Recognition of Church Anniversaries

2/20/2018
As has been the practice for some years, the WNC Conference Commission on Archives and History will recognize all churches celebrating their 100th, 150th, and 200th anniversaries in 2018 with their display at Annual Conference this year.  If your congregation is celebrating one of these anniversaries this year, please contact Jim Pyatt, Assistant Archivist, at jpyatt@wnccumc.org  by March 15, so that your church will be included in this year’s recognitions.  
Remembering Robert McMichael III

Remembering Robert McMichael III

2/20/2018
Robert H. McMichael III was the worship leader at the Western North Carolina Annual Conference in June 2017.  He was scheduled to return for the 2018 Conference at Lake Junaluska. We were saddened to learn of his death on Monday, February 19, 2018.  He was a celebrated musician and worship leader across the United Methodist connection and lead worship in a number of conference gatherings over the years.    He served in numerous capacities in churches throughout the Atlanta area. As organist, ...
New Meditation Pier under construction at Lake Junaluska

New Meditation Pier under construction at Lake Junaluska

2/15/2018
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – A new meditation pier that will extend over 40 feet into the water and seat up to eight people is under construction at Lake Junaluska. The pier, located along the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail on the south end of the Memorial Chapel parking lot, will provide a place for meditation and reflection with incredible lake views. It will be open to the public to use by Easter. Funding for this new pier was given in memory of Erle and Mary Peacock, former summer residents of Lake...
Our Prayer of Lament - February 15, 2018

Our Prayer of Lament - February 15, 2018

2/15/2018
Our Prayer of Lament February 15, 2018 "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." (Jer. 31:15) Unbelievable. Unspeakable. Shock. Our nation prays with the families of Parkland, Florida, in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The unanswerable questions of "why", "how", and "could it have been prevented", do nothing to alleviate the sudden horror unleashed upon ...
Housing Letter and Conference Displays

Housing Letter and Conference Displays

2/15/2018
The Housing Letter has been mailed to all clergy and lay members of the conference and is arriving by postal mail across the state.  The link above contains all of the information contained in the mailing.  The Housing Request Form will go live on the morning of February 28th. For those interested in requesting display space, Annual Conference Display Information is now online.  The online application form is also available, and can be submitted until April 13, 2018.  
Hood Seminary: All Hood Alumni & Friends Center for Chaplaincy Symposium

Hood Seminary: All Hood Alumni & Friends Center for Chaplaincy Symposium

2/14/2018
The Third Annual All Hood Alumni & Friends Center for Chaplaincy Symposium   Chaplaincy: The Many Roads of Spiritual Service and Compassionate Caring Thursday, March 15, 2018 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception: Symposium attendees,  Chaplain Residents, HTS Students, Faculty and Staff Friday, March 16, 2018 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast Morning Reflections: Rev. Katherine Higgins Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Director of Community, Practice, & ...
Bishops urge Methodists to deny themselves for the sake of Gospel

Bishops urge Methodists to deny themselves for the sake of Gospel

2/13/2018
2018 Lenten message calls for more spiritual disciplines WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling on members of the denomination to deny themselves during the 2018 Lenten Season for the sake of the kingdom of Jesus Christ and to set aside self-interest so that others may have a more abundant life. In a message sent on behalf of UMC bishops to United Methodists throughout the world, Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce R. Ough challenged fellow Christians to...
Clergy Tax Webinar- Monday, February 12th

Clergy Tax Webinar- Monday, February 12th

2/8/2018
  Clergy Taxes: Don't Live in Fear Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 10am, CST      You've heard a lot about changes to the tax laws that are beginning to take effect in 2018. More than ever, you'll want to be smart about filing for 2017 and strategic about how you plan for 2018! Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. Your corner tax preparer ...
Registration for Lake Junaluska Youth Events is open

Registration for Lake Junaluska Youth Events is open

2/7/2018
GET ON THE BOAT! "When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him."  Matthew 8:23 Jesus tells his disciples, “Get on the boat!” Once on board, he teaches them, calms their fears, and launches them into mission. It’s no surprise the Church is symbolized by a boat and sail. Miracles happen when we get on board with Jesus. Come to Lake Junaluska this summer, and find your spot on His crew!   Summer Youth Event Dates Join some of your favorite speakers and bands during the Summer Youth ...
UMCOR Sunday is March 11th

UMCOR Sunday is March 11th

2/6/2018
UMCOR Sunday is right around the corner. This churchwide special Sunday with offering provides United Methodists the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters around the world in their time of need. Our generous gifts through the UMCOR Sunday offering support the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR provides immediate assistance in the wake of disasters and participates in ongoing ministries of food, shelter, health and peace. On March 11, our congregations will receive ...
Bishop Leeland

Bishop Leeland "fills in" for Metro District leadership event

2/3/2018
What happens when your speaker for a leadership event falls ill?  Call on your bishop. The Metro District Leadership Training Event has been on the calendar for months.  Rev. Stephanie Hand, the Metro District Vitality Strategist, was scheduled to teach: How to be a Disciple Making Church at the leadership event on Saturday, February 3rd. Hand, reportedly came down with the flu, and Bishop Paul Leeland pitched in at the last minute.  He called his session, "Growing the Church." It should be ...
An update on Bishop Bevel Jones

An update on Bishop Bevel Jones

2/2/2018
We have received word from the family of Bishop Bevel Jones that he is now in hospice care at Wesley Woods Senior Living in Atlanta, GA.  Jones has been at the center for 3 years now. Bishop Jones served the Western North Carolina Conference from 1984 until 1996. David, his son, writes, “Despite his dementia and general decline - he's almost 92, you know – ‘the old Bev’ still comes through at times.” “The 3 of us have always been amazed by how many people in so many places love Dad. We ...
Celebrating 70 years of The Advance: God's love at work in social justice

Celebrating 70 years of The Advance: God's love at work in social justice

2/1/2018
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that whatever we do for "the least of these" we do for God. For 70 years, since 1948, The Advance has given United Methodists and their predecessors the opportunity to serve those who are "the least" in the world's eyes — the marginalized, the poor and the disadvantaged. The Mission for Migrant Workers (Advance #14241A) is one of many Advance projects devoted to justice for those who find themselves oppressed by power structures in which they have no ...
Maximize the presence of United Methodist witnesses

Maximize the presence of United Methodist witnesses

2/1/2018
By The Reverend Marji Hill, Deacon In our churches, January is a crucial time for new leaders. Equipping the laity for mission and ministry is often a primary focus in the first few months of the year. This is the time when new leaders who have answered the call and said “YES” are now beginning to ask “HOW?” Here in far western North Carolina the HOW question is even more difficult to answer, because we have so few resources. But things are changing. While theoretically we know there are plenty...
Commission moderators emphasize mission as key to way forward

Commission moderators emphasize mission as key to way forward

1/30/2018
The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward are urging United Methodists to engage in reflections on where they see mission at the heart of the denomination as well as seeing mission as significant for resolving conflict.  Below is the statement from Bishops David Yemba, Sandra Steiner Ball, and Ken Carter   Mission and the Way Forward in the Season after the Epiphany   At the conclusion of the recent meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward, the members were asked to share three words ...
Commission on the 2020 General Conference releases delegate counts

Commission on the 2020 General Conference releases delegate counts

1/29/2018
Nashville, Tenn.: In December 2017, the Secretary of the General Conference publicly released information about the number of delegates assigned to the annual conferences within each jurisdiction and central conference for the 2020 General Conference. As directed by The Book of Discipline 2016, delegate counts for individual annual conferences were sent to the bishop and annual conference secretary of each. The full list was not made available at that time pending the completion of notifications...
Connectional Table quarterly meeting focuses on financial needs for ministry

Connectional Table quarterly meeting focuses on financial needs for ministry

1/25/2018
The Western North Carolina Conference Connectional Table met Saturday, January 20 at the United Methodist Foundation in Huntersville. Rev. Amy Coles, assistant to Bishop Leeland, led us in a devotion sparked by research she has been doing on Bitcoin.  She concluded from her research (using phrases from Seth Godin) that “money isn’t real, but mostly a sign and a signal.” She continued with the idea that “Money tells stories” and referred to several stories from the New Testament- Zacchaeus, the ...
Global Ministries announces Day of Health- March 17th in Atlanta

Global Ministries announces Day of Health- March 17th in Atlanta

1/24/2018
ATLANTA  — Faith communities and United Methodist congregations looking to learn more about what their church can do to improve health and wholeness in their local communities are being invited to gather in Atlanta for the 2018 United Methodist Church Day of Health.    Sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries, UMC Day of Health will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Dunwoody United Methodist Church located at 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA. 30338. The event is free but ...
BMCR Sunday is scheduled for February 4th

BMCR Sunday is scheduled for February 4th

1/23/2018
Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc. (BMCR) has embarked on a fundraising effort to move our organization toward self sufficiency. As we celebrate our 51st year, we are focusing on securing our potential for future ministry. We are doing this important work in partnership with the United Methodist Church Development Center and Methodistas Asociados Reprensentando la Causa de Hispano Americanos (MARCHA).  We have established an aggressive fund raising goal of $125,000 for 2018 so that BMCR ...
Commission on a Way Forward prepares updated report to bishops

Commission on a Way Forward prepares updated report to bishops

1/23/2018
DALLAS - The Commission on a Way Forward is nearing the completion of its task of making recommendations of possible ways forward for The United Methodist Church regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in this global denomination. The 32-member Commission concluded its three-day meeting in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday after reworking sketches of possible models of the future of the denomination that will be part of the final report to the Council of Bishops in May. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, one...
Martin Luther King Celebration Recap

Martin Luther King Celebration Recap

1/22/2018
The Design Team for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration reported to the venue bright and early (8:00 am) on Saturday, January 13, 2018 to carry out final preparations for the day’s event. The Celebration was scheduled to start at 10:00 sharp. Anxiety among the team built as 9:45 came and went, and only a few dozen attendees were in the large banquet room at the Global Learning Center on the campus of Greensboro’s Bennett College. However, by 9:50 the floodgates opened and people were ...
Clergy Retreat:

Clergy Retreat: "This Odd and Wondrous Calling" scheduled for April 9-11

1/22/2018
This Odd and Wondrous Calling: A Time A Part for Clergy for Rest, Play, Creativity and Renewal Monday, April 9, 2018 – Wednesday April 11, 2018   As rich as the season of Lent into Easter is, it can often be a “full” time for clergy who are seeking to provide meaningful journeys of faith for those they serve during this time. In the Easter days that follow this time, Leslee Wray is offering a two-day retreat for clergy who might welcome some rest and renewal. Drawing upon Lillian Daniel’s and ...
Metro District events open to the Conference

Metro District events open to the Conference

1/19/2018
MULTI CULTURAL / MULTI ETHNIC CONVERSATION January 27, North Davidson UMC Get the details: http://www.metrodistrictumc.org/post/multi-cultural-multi-ethnic-conversation-10608040   DISCUSS: NEW PLACES FOR NEW PEOPLE, DEVELOPMENT OF NEW FAITH LEADERS, SEVEN SEASONS OF CHURCH PLANTING, FRESH EXPRESSIONS, ETC. February 16, 9:30am - 3:00pm at University City UMC REGISTER HERE More information: http://www.metrodistrictumc.org/post/metro-district-discovery-day-10608184  
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday is February 18th

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday is February 18th

1/18/2018
Sunday, February 18 is our designated Conference Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday. We encourage all churches to include the following information in their February newsletters and weekly bulletins to inform everyone of this significant ministry to our clergy families. The Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the Western North Carolina Conference has been engaged with the families of clergy members ever since this voluntary association of clergy and laity was organized in 1894. With the founding 121 clergy ...
United Methodists asked to join Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

United Methodists asked to join Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

1/18/2018
WASHINGTON – The Council of Bishops is urging all United Methodists to join with other Christians throughout the world to participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins tomorrow, January 18, 2018. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is promoted by the World Council of Churches, most regional councils of churches, and most mainline denominations, including The United Methodist Church. This year’s Week of Prayer (January 18-25, 2018) uses Exodus 15:6 with the theme “Your ...
Boone musician records

Boone musician records "Songs from the Mount"

1/17/2018
While finishing his Master of Arts in Christian Practice degree at Duke Divinity School, worship leader and singer/songwriter Kyle Sigmon, from Boone, NC, became inspired to create something new out of words of old.  It was early spring of 2014 and the candidate for ministry as a deacon in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church was taking a class on Methodism from Dr. Randy Maddox and Dr. Lacey Warner. One article written by Dr. Maddox particularly spoke to Sigmon ...
Housing Allowance Update

Housing Allowance Update

1/11/2018
Recent Housing Allowance Opinion Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin recently found the housing allowance tax exemption for clergy to be unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Legal Services Department at GCFA has reviewed the decision and prepared a thoughtful analysis of its contents and the reasoning of the judge. The Legal Services Department will continue to monitor this case and will update its analysis when necessary. Updates...
Big Sigh Ministries announces 2018 events

Big Sigh Ministries announces 2018 events

1/10/2018
All too often, renewal leaves are not sought by clergy or their district leaders until a pastor enters a crisis situation.  We at Big Sigh Ministries are changing the conversation from “burnout crisis” to “prevention and ministry resilience” with our GRACE BREAK program. Through this informative program, we help clergy dream and plan ahead for renewal leaves; we educate church Staff and Pastor Parish Relations Committees as to the unique, numerous stressors clergy face, the real threat of ...
IDK '18 set for March 3 in Hickory

IDK '18 set for March 3 in Hickory

1/10/2018
IDK’18 will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at First UMC in Hickory, NC.  "IDK", short hand for “I don’t know”, is a youth conference for middle school and high school students who are sensing a call from God.  This isn’t a conference for entire youth groups but for those one, two or more youth who feel God’s call into some sort of ministry.  During the day the youth will hear from different people about their callings in our “Sharing Your Story” moments.  These are designed to be like TED...
Marriage Encounter- February 9-11 in Charlotte

Marriage Encounter- February 9-11 in Charlotte

1/10/2018
Get Connected…To Each Other!  On a Worldwide Marriage Encounter you can make your good marriage GREAT!  Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores, in-laws and technology to focus only on each other.  If you’d like greater depth, growth and enrichment in your relationship, you’ll love the difference a Marriage Encounter Weekend can make!  Join millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive.  The next ...
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