Bishop Ward uses a passage from John Donne’s poetry to remind us that although God created the changing seasons, mercy, love, grace, and justice are always in season.
The North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church has received a grant of $974,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish Living the Word, an ecumenical ministry. The program is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative. The aim of the national initiative is to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen… Continue Reading→
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many churches have been turning to the power of small groups to build connections and serve communities while we have not been gathering in-person for worship services. Small groups have been meeting online and outdoors. They provide a faith community to journey with through life, grow in faith, and serve God’s… Continue Reading→
Are you interested in learning about what simplified, accountable structure could look like for your church? The Center for Leadership Excellence invites you to a virtual Day of Learning with Kay Kotan…. Mission: Possible!A Simple Structure for Missional EffectivenessTuesday, October 27, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm ESTRegistration: $25* Deadline to Register: Monday, October 26, 12pm EST Note:… Continue Reading→
The Crossroads Team, Racial Equity and Justice Ministries, and the Center for Leadership Excellence have partnered to invite you to the second webinar in a five-webinar series for Crossroads 2020: Prophetic Living in a Broken World. Crossroads 2020: Week 3Featuring Dr. Malinda Maynor Loweryon the history of racism experienced byNative AmericansMonday, October 26, 11am EST(webinar should… Continue Reading→
September was a great month for Creation Care in the North Carolina Conference. We started with the Bishop leading us in a worship service centered around what it means to be a creature and care for other creatures. Then we had a series of webinars on creation care, highlighting everything from the theology of creation… Continue Reading→
Open Enrollment for Conference Insurance plans will begin November 1st. We will be mailing Open Enrollment materials soon. The insurance booklets for Active and Retired participants, and those on Medical Leave, are available now on the Treasurer’s Office Downloads page under Insurance.
We asked, and you answered! In these days of virtual and socially-distanced gatherings, churches have been finding innovative ways to connect in worship, to deepen relationships, and to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Knowing that we all benefit when we share ideas, we wanted to create a resource of best practices for… Continue Reading→
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought illness, grief, stress, and it is taxing our mental health. Although it is a trendy word in our culture, self-care is important and biblical. We also need to be sure that our congregations offer structured caring ministries so that we can care for one another. Many of us are grieving… Continue Reading→
One of the most beneficial ways disciples can discover and respond to God’s call in their lives is by discovering and serving from their God-given gifts. Whether that service is inside the church or outside in the community, God’s gifts enable us to fulfill the ministry to which God calls us and thereby give glory… Continue Reading→