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.

School of Spiritual Direction Beyond Borders

Retreat 1 begins January 11

Provide Spiritual Direction and train Spiritual Directors to discern and listen for God’s direction beyond the borders within our hearts and world.

Preaching Cohorts:

  • Can You Tell THE Story?

    • January 2023 – June 2023
    • This course is designed to provide resources and processes to the preacher who has the recurring task of providing spiritual nourishment to congregants in the form of a weekly sermon, telling THE story...
  • Preparation to Proclamation

    • Begins July 13
    • For the homilist who refuses to shortcut speaking on behalf of the sacred, who remains restless about their craft, who trusts the daily striving between exegesis and elocution, this cohort is intended for you.

Mentoring Pew Sitters Into Servant Leaders

A workshop series on February 27-28 (Deadline: Feb. 20) and September 18-19 (Deadline: Sept. 11)

It can be discouraging finding a church of pew-sitters when we need servant leaders. There is a better way which involves a relational and vocational approach through a mentoring ministry. You are invited to participate in this workshop and engage in a dialog that seeks this better way...

Outward Mindset Workshops

Changing the culture in our communities where people shift from an “inward mindset” (self) to an “outward mindset” (others) and experience growth in relationships, collaboration, engagement, and accountability.

Workshops are being offered around the conference, and the Outward Mindset team would also love to explore doing a training with your Sunday school class, leadership team, or staff.

Flourish 2.0

Begins September 5. Registration Available

Join 30 colleagues for an opportunity to do a deep dive of reflection on your recent 8 years of ministry and life; using resources and develop ideas for renewal and reflection on your gifts, challenges, ministry settings, and life stage; with the result of growth and vision for your next 8 years of ministry.

Adapt! Leading Off the Map

Will begin meeting in the fall of 2023.  Check back soon for details and registration.

Designed for churches and clergy seeking to improve skills around leading change and to assist churches and leaders wherever you find yourself on the spectrum.

Leadership Engagement Live Webinar Series

The Leadership Development Team invites you to a Live Webinar Series where you can connect with one another in ministry, imagine what your future is and could be in the United Methodist Church, and engage in missions and ministries that can better our world...

Clergy Care Through Service

Serving others can provide perspective.  Hard work encourages a good night’s sleep which can result in rest.  Working alongside others builds community. Clergy and Ministry Professionals are invited to spend time serving in Haywood County to do flood relief...

Preferred Provider Scholarship Opportunities

The Western North Carolina Conference Leadership Development Team encourages the growth and development of clergy and lay ministry professionals.  They have identified a list of providers that are offering formational experiences to meet currently identified leadership needs. Once you have registered for the workshop, webinar, or offering and made full payment, you can be reimbursed for approximately 2/3 of the cost. You will submit your registration confirmation or receipt for reimbursement.