The North Carolina Conference Board of Church and Society seeks to relate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the members of our churches and to the persons and structures of the communities and world in which they live. We seek to equip churches, their pastors, and their membership to bring the whole of human life, activities, possessions, use of resources, and community and world relationships into conformity with the will of God.
The word of the Board covers a variety of responsibilities, including providing social education, service, witness, and action on issues confronting the Church consistent with the Social Principles and the policies adopted by the General Conference. The Board also promotes the Peace with Justice program and offers grants to local congregations for program development.
…for the transformation of the world!!!
This begs the question, why? The mission of The United Methodist Church is to “Create Disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World.” The entire Biblical narrative and the message of the Gospels is focused on deploying the messages from God about peace, love, mercy, compassion, righteous living and justice. It calls for the creation of a society that reflects these values and practices and Jesus described the features and characteristics of this new “Kingdom of God” here on earth. It starts with personal transformation and draws each Christian to a new relationship with others. These themes call for humanity to love each other and reject the evil intents of humankind to exploit, discriminate and oppress others.
So what does that mean for Christians and the institution, the United Methodist Church, to embrace the message of this Biblical narrative? It means we have to learn how to transform the institution of the church AND transform the world through the church and its members.
The Board of Church and Society of the North Carolina Conference is constantly creating approaches, tools and methods for congregations to become empowered and skilled at advocating for that transformation and provides training in these approaches and methods. What follows is an approach for congregations to embrace that deals with its own empowerment and provides skills for that “world” transformation. The steps that follow include resources, so follow the process and get more information by clicking on the resource.
ADVOCACY ALLEY: Approaches, Tools, and Methods
We will continue to add to this resource list, and provide training and consulting services to churches. Contact the Chair of the Board of Church and Society, Brian Heymans at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 656-9611 or Dr. Christine Harman, at email@example.com for more information.
The links below will offer information and statements from The Social Principles and Book of Resolutions regarding a variety of issues as well as resources for further exploration.
Peace with Justice:
Part of the work of the Board is the Peace with Justice (PWJ) Program. More information about PWJ, including the grant requirements and application, are available here.
Follow this link for information on your rights to protest and participation in demonstrations. It also includes links for contacting elected representatives.