Sponsored Offerings

The Western North Carolina Conference Leadership Development Team offers workshops to increase the leadership capabilities of clergy and ministry professionals. Check out the current workshops available.

Provocative Hope

A 15-week virtual course from January 16 – May 21, 2020.
This course will develop each leaders' capacity to lead their churches using Appreciative Inquiry so that their churches would reclaim God's dream for their congregation and begin to live into that dream...

Adapt! Leading Off the Map

4 sessions beginning on January 27, 2020.
This program is designed to assist churches and leaders wherever you find yourself on the spectrum who are seeking to improve skills around leading change...

Faithful Leadership in a Season of Crisis

4 sessions beginning on March 26, 2020.
During these days, United Methodist clergy need to be together, and to think deeply about how to lead “for such a time as this.”...

The Space Between Initiative

Leaders in the local church – both clergy and laity – need models, tools, resources, and support for hosting dialogue and providing leadership around divisive issues and points-of-view. The Space Between Initiative provides some of these resources...


Preaching Cohort

  • Preaching for Life: Preaching as a Source for Abundant Life

    • 6 sessions meeting once a month from January June 2020.
    • The goals of this peer learning experience are to grow in our understanding, practice, and perspective of preaching so that our preaching will be enriched and our sermons will find deeper connections with the hearts of our parishioners. And to grow in our understanding of ourselves as preachers. 

    • 6 sessions meeting once a month from January June 2020.
    • Simple is the opposite of simplistic.  Sermons with clear & unmistakable focus are best able to plumb the depths not only of Gospel beauty but of congregants’ lives. As Mr. Rogers once said, “Life is truly deep and simple but what society offers is shallow and complex.”
  • Preaching to the margins

    • 6 sessions meeting once a month from January June 2020.
    • Margins are “radical spaces of openness and creativity” that are conducive to transformational preaching and listening.

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