The Media Center will be at the 2019 Annual Conference with a table full of giveaways (see the bottom of this post) and a list of resources related to each breakout session, as well as this year’s theme, Generosity in All People.
Annual Conference 2019 Pathfinder
Expand upon what you will learn at Annual Conference as you join with your church in exploring new and improved ways of being in ministry together with generous hearts and hands. When your church asks what you learned at AC, offer this curated list of resources relevant to each breakout session and the overall theme. Your congregants can borrow these resources from the Media Center to continue the conversation about ministry that began at AC 2019. Click the button below to see the full list.
Highlights from the Pathfinder
One resource from each section of the pathfinder as been highlighted below as great options to prepare for or continue your Annual Conference 2019 experience. These resources can be borrowed from the Media Center before or after Annual Conference.
Overall Theme: Generosity In All People
This study guide includes one session titled “Engage with Strength and Generosity” by our own Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. The lessons authored by the other six bishops also explore what it means to participate in God’s mission for the church.
Women Organized for Mission
Providing a biblical basis for mission in different periods and centuries, this DVD offers specific stories of women engaged in mission against the odds. It shows the change in scope and emphasis of each major historical period, ending with modern ideas and approaches.
Generous Seeing – Open My Eyes, That I May See: Taking a Fresh Look at Your Church’s Safe Sanctuaries Policy
Melton outlines a process for developing policies and procedures to recognize and reduce the risk of abuse in the church. Melton’s transformative, relevant, and foundational resource will train leaders in what they need to know to stay safe and keep the vulnerable in their care safe.
Erasing the Lines: Generosity and Grace to All
While some sociologists paint a bleak future for the youth of tomorrow, there are just as many signs that point toward hope and revival. From 2018 Pilgrimage speaker, Brock Morgan, this fresh take on the future of youth ministry and what it means for us today serves as both a wake-up call and an encouraging word for the path forward.
A Generous Shift of Language – Moving from Transactional Relationships to Transformational Relationships
Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission by Christopher L. Heuertz and Christine D. Pohl
Heuertz and Pohl show how friendship is a Christian vocation that can bring reconciliation and healing to our broken world. When we befriend those on the margins of society by practicing hospitality and welcome, we create communities where righteousness and justice can be lived out.
Sowing Generosity through Courageous Leadership – Crossing the Violent Divides – COSROW
The Way of Integrity: Living in Right Relationship with Self, Others, and God Developed by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
This curriculum was developed to encourage living in right relationship with self and others within the faith communities of our local UM ministries. Through deep exploration of scripture and other resources, participants will give intentional attention to core values and the development of self-awareness in all they do.
Good Friends: Creating New Spaces for New People
Connect! Creating a Culture of Relationships That Matter by Phil Maynard
Good faith-sharing is putting ourselves in the right places for person to person building of relationships, for heart to heart making of new friends, and for soul to soul sharing of our faith journeys.
Sacred Generosity: Connecting with God and Neighbors in the Garden
This book includes snapshots of community groups that have pioneered innovative food access work (including community gardens), the status of hunger and agriculture in North Carolina and nationally, and resources and stories from faith leaders and from the field.
Practicing Justice around the Table
This curriculum recognizes both the spiritual significance of a shared meal together as well as the broader social justice implications of how our food reaches our plates. As sisters and brothers in Christ, we are called to be good neighbors to one another, good stewards of creation, and good caretakers of the bodies that God has given us.
Request These Resources
These resources can be borrowed for free by anyone involved with a United Methodist church in the North Carolina Conference. We can even mail them to you! All you need to do is fill out the Resource Request Form.
Annual Conference Resource Swap
Visit the Media Center display table for our annual resource swap. Anyone is welcome to take anything on the giveaway table. First come, first served. You do not need to bring something in order to take something.
However, if you would like to bring resources (books, DVDs, curricula) to give away, please do so. Just bring them with you to Annual Conference and find us among the display tables. Set your items on or underneath the giveaway table. Resources remaining on Saturday morning will be taken back to the Media Center where they will be made available on our year-round free table or donated to Christian organizations.
The Media Center will set-up the giveaway table on Tuesday morning with items withdrawn from our collection, so if you arrive early, feel free to come by and grab what you want!