Orientation to Ministry

UPDATED 6/8/2020

Orientation to Ministry (O2M) is for all persons coming under first-time appointment in Western North Carolina on July 1, 2020, since the last O2M was offered, or since July 1, 2019.  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 Orientation to Ministry will be offered virtually through Zoom.  All participants must use a computer with stable internet and a webcam for participation. 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.

Cost: $50 paid by card at registration


2020 O2M Schedule

All O2M participants will have to complete an I-9 form by JUNE  15 and online clergy ethics training between June 1 and August 1.



  • Collegial Connections
  • Church Administration and Organization
  • Personal finances


2:00-3:00 (provisional members and members of other denominations)

3:00-4:00 (local pastors)

  • Understanding Ministerial Authority



  • Church Vitality Toolbox
  • Connecting with your Community
  • Practicing the Sacraments

SUNDAYS FROM 2:30-4:30

August 30                         Church finance and stewardship

September 27                  Leadership in a New Context

October 25                       Change and Conflict

November 22                   Partnering with Laity

More information will be posted on this webpage when it is available.

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 Adri Bullard-Rogers at abrogers@wnccumc.org or 704-714-2342.

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