After an inspiring Annual Conference, Bishop Ward, the Cabinet, and the Connectional Table look forward to the new conference year with many new and fruitful ministries in local churches throughout the conference.
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Are you a Certified Lay Speaker whose occasional opportunities to speak have brought forth a call to make a full-time commitment as a layperson? OR, do you sense God calling you to engage in an ongoing formal ministry at your local church? If so, you may be sensing a call to become a Certified Lay… Continue Reading→
The conference voted to return to Greenville for 2018 upon the recommendation of the Rev. Jerry Bryan, Conference Secretary. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward invited the conference members to share feedback about the impact of the session finishing on a Sunday and also ending on Father’s Day. The Bishop will consult with the Annual Conference Planning… Continue Reading→
North Carolina-based playwright Mike Wiley performed an embodiment of Tim Tyson’s memoir, Blood Done Sign My Name, to round out the evening performances during the 2017 NC Annual Conference. With song, humor, and a sack full of characters, one man, Wiley brought a poignant and living history of life in the 1960’s in Oxford to… Continue Reading→
“The Spirit is always moving to sweep the Church into a new mission age. With openness and gratitude we await the leading of the Spirit in ways not yet seen.…” — Global Ministries Mission Theology Statement Thomas Kemper, General Secretary at the General Board of Global Ministries, led the conference in a conversation about Generous Missions,… Continue Reading→
On Saturday afternoon, the Rev. George Speake, Conference Statistician, reported statistics for 2016, noting that 2,378 new members were received by profession of faith which is 428 fewer than 2015. In addition, 1,727 new members were received from other United Methodist Churches and 1,248 from other denominations, both being less than 2015. The total conference… Continue Reading→
The Commission on A Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Bishop Hope… Continue Reading→
Following Bishop Ward’s video and presentation of the General Conference Commission on A Way Forward, founded to acknowledge the “climate of skepticism and distrust,” around human sexuality and unity, Conflict Transformation Ministries Director, the Rev. Molly Shivers, reported that 50 Circles of Abundant Grace convened through January of 2017 to participate in the NC Conference… Continue Reading→
The Laity Report began with a message from the Conference Youth President, Andrew Thrash. Thrash related how his personal journey of faith has been nurtured and strengthened through the loving connections he has made through the conference youth events. “We are so frequently reminded the youth are the future of the church but are we… Continue Reading→