Bishop Ward describes the timing of Annual Conference 2017 which will conclude on Sunday, June 18.
Bishop Ward greets us with the ancient words – Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!
For Christians, the events of Holy Week lead to the crucifixion and death of Jesus, bringing the ultimate darkness. But death and darkness cannot overcome the resurrection light and life of Easter morning.
Members of the Commission on a Way Forward have expressed optimism at reaching consensus on a plan or plans to guide the Council of Bishops in leading The United Methodist Church into the future. During the three-day meeting, April 6-8, at the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., the Commission members began discussing possible outcomes… Continue Reading→
As we prepare to enter Holy Week and in honor of Jesus, who suffered on the cross, Bishop Ward encourages us to be generous in giving to a mission project to alleviate suffering in the world.
Bishop Ward uses the lectionary texts for the fifth Sunday in Lent to remind us that the darkness of Lent and the journey to the cross is met with the light of triumph at Easter, when death is defeated and life is renewed.
Bishop Ward encourages churches to lift up the ministries of UMCOR on UMCOR Sunday, March 26 (or another Sunday that works best) and receive an offering in gratitude for the assistance the North Carolina Conference has received from UMCOR offerings after hurricanes and tornados.
In the stories of Saint Patrick and the Apostle Paul, we are reminded to listen for the call to be in ministry and to go into all the world.
Bishop Ward celebrates the many ways the North Carolina Conference provides spiritual and discipleship opportunities for youth and encourages churches to also provide opportunities to encourage and minister to youth.