Orientation to Ministry

UPDATED 04/03/2023

Orientation to Ministry (O2M) is for all persons coming under first-time appointment.  It will provide an orientation to ministry in the Western North Carolina Conference by preparing participants for effective ministry in a new setting and encouraging collegial relationships.  This year O2M will kick-off with an lunch at Annual Conference followed by sessions that will be offered virtually through Zoom.  All participants must have a computer, stable internet connection, and a webcam for participation. 

  • O2M Schedule:  All Sessions are by Zoom and 60 minutes unless stated otherwise                   
    • Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm-  Understanding Health and Pension Benefits (90 minutes)              
    • Saturday, June 17, 12pm-  Introductions and Collegial Connections (90 minutes) at Lake Junaluska
      • Persons who will be licensed this year will receive their license at Annual Conference during the Ordering of Ministry Service on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska.  Family and friends are invited.
  • Sessions will be on the following Tuesday nights.  There will be an optional gathering time for colleagues to get to know each other from 6:00-6:30pm.  Learning sessions will be held from 6:30pm-7:30pm​       
    • Tuesday, June 20
    • Tuesdays, July 11, 18, and 25        
    • Tuesdays, August 15, 22, and 29
    • Tuesdays, September 12, 19, and 26
    • Tuesdays, October 10 and 24

        Topics covered will include Leadership in a New Context, Personal and Clergy Finance, Church Administration,                  Annual Reporting, Engaging in Mission, Equity, Justice and Inclusion and MORE!

Mark your calender now and avoid making other commitments on Tuesday nights in the fall!

  • Cost: $25 paid by credit/debit card at registration
  • Participants will also be required to complete the online Ethics in Ministry training or provide a copy of certification of completion of a previous introductory ethics course related to the practice of ministry.                  (full completion required by June 30, 2023)
  • Participants from other denominations may be required to complete additional United Methodist courses. 
  • If not already on file with WNCC, participants will also be required to submit required documents including a medical evaluation, psychological evaluation, and I-9 with supporting documents.  You will receive email communication from Emma Sherrill with more instruction.
  • Failure to fully and successfully complete O2M, participate in all sessions, submit required documents, and meet all specified deadlines will be noted in your file and may result in disqualification for future appointments at the discretion of the bishop and cabinet.

A program handbook with more detailed information will be included in the registration confirmation email.

Participants required to attend all of Licensing School should complete the Licensing School registration only.  If you are uncertain about which one to register for, please contact your District Office for clarification. 

Questions about the program should be directed to Kim Ingram at kingram@wnccumc.org or 704-714-2354.  Questions about registration should be directed to Emma Sherrill at esherrill@wnccumc.org or 704-714-2342.