The Gift of God’s Grace
Bishop Ward uses the scripture John 3:16 to affirm God’s gift of grace in this week’s Connections.
Duke Divinity School Offers S/PPRC Training Curriculum
The Duke Clergy Health Initiative is offering a theologically-framed program to strengthen relations between clergy and congregations and promote the health of pastors. Designed for S/PPRC’s, Pastor & Parish offers committee members the opportunity to form important bonds, discover new language for working with one another, and create a covenant to guide the committee’s work as a ministry of the church. Learn more and order the curriculum at www.pastorandparish.com.
CPI Application Deadline Approaching
Comprehensive Plan of Inclusiveness (CPI) grant applications are due no later than March 31, at 4 p.m. (if hand-delivered) or postmarked no later than March 30. No faxed applications will be considered and all must have the appropriate signatures. Do not wait until the due date to gather signatures – plan ahead. Applications may be downloaded from the Leadership Ministries on the Conference webpage.
Communicators’ Conference March 25-27
The Southeastern Jurisdiction Communicators Conference at Lake Junaluska, is a time for local church and district communicators to come together in workshops, roundtables, fellowship and network to understand key issues and gain new skills in communication ministry. The cost of $175 includes lodging, meals, and the conference registration fee. To register, go to http://www.lakejunaluska.com/communicators/
Conference Camps Offer Open House Opportunities
The three conference camps have planned events to welcome visitors to open house this spring.
Camp Chestnut Ridge Open House is 1-5 p.m. on April 13 (919-304-2178).
Camp Rockfish Open House is May 4 from 1-7 p.m. (910-425-3529)
Open House at Camp Don Lee is May 18, highlighted by a 5k Creature Crawl (252-249-1106)
Please check the camp websites or call the camp offices for more information.
Fan the Flame for Small Church Revitalization
Fan the Flame is a revitalization event for small and rural membership churches. Co-sponsored by the Duke Endowment and the Duke Divinity School Thriving Rural Communities Initiative and hosted by the Bladen Charge, the multi-day event is scheduled for May 16-18. Attendees will participate in worship services and workshops to equip small-membership churches with resources that will help them thrive and grow. For more info and to register, see the brochure.
New Application Process for Convocation on the Rural Church
Duke Divinity School invites pastors of churches eligible for grants from The Duke Endowment to apply to attend the 2014 Convocation on the Rural Church, August 11-13 in Myrtle Beach. Facilitators this year are Matthew Sleeth, author of “24/6: Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life” and Nancy Sleeth, author of “Almost Amish.” Participants will engage in worship, plenary sessions, conversation and Sabbath. In response to growing demand for this event and in an effort to include participants with a diverse array of experiences, a new application process has been implemented that includes answering a few brief essay questions. The application will be available in mid-March. The application deadline is Friday, April 18. For additional information, visit rural convocation.