In this video, Bishop Ward talks about our partnership with the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) and some of our shared ministries.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I’m wearing a very beautiful stole which has deep and rich meaning for us. At Annual Conference in June, Bishop Larry Goodpaster joined me in Greenville for a conversation about mission in North Carolina from Manteo to Murphy. The next week, I traveled to Lake Junaluska for the Western North Carolina Conference, where Bishop Goodpaster and I spoke conversationally with the Western North Carolina Conference about our shared mission in North Carolina.
A fabric artist who does beautiful work created these stoles, one for Bishop Goodpaster and one for me, and as I wear it from place to place, I will remember the connection which we share with all United Methodists people here in North Carolina.
Between the Western North Carolina and the North Carolina Conference, we have 1,900 local congregations and approximately a half million United Methodists people. This is a powerful force for good in our world. We give thanks for the connection we share in many, many ways – in Project AGAPE in Armenia, that was birthed out of the life together of our two annual conferences. We give thanks for the ways in which we continue to engage in higher education and campus ministry – universities and community colleges and colleges across our state.
We give thanks for the way that ZOE Ministry, birthed in the North Carolina Conference, is now being embraced in a very powerful way by the Western North Carolina Conference and for the way Stop Hunger Now, again developed, celebrated, and growing in the North Carolina Conference, is engaged in the Western North Carolina Conference. We celebrate the renewed energy we feel for connecting with children in our public schools, as from Manteo to Murphy, we seek to be engaged with children in every place.
As we pray together, let us pray for our entire state, the state of North Carolina, for the strength of our ministry, for our neighbors in the Western North Carolina Conference, and let us continue to give thanks to God for the connection which binds us in ministry.