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Means of Grace
22 minutes | 4 days ago
Youth Perspectives on Faith, Technology and Community During a Pandemic
In this episode, Melissa McGill and Jeremy Coffey check in with the 11th grade youth small group they co-lead at Myers Park UMC. Four youth – Hayden, Nathan, Lucy and Bobby – share their thoughts on how faith, community and technology intersect for teens during the pandemic. We’ve pivoted in all areas of Church life this year – here’s what it looks like for this high school small group and how their Church continues to play an important role in their lives. For more conversations geared toward parents of children and youth, check out Beyond Baptism, the new Myers Park UMC podcast (ADD LINK) featuring Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot, and Children and Youth Directors, Amy Jo Alspaugh and Jason Rhymer. Interested in having a conversation like this with the teenagers in your church? Here are the questions we used to guide this conversation. How would you describe our small group (or youth group) pre-pandemic? What was the most challenging part of meeting virtually for you? What do you think are the differences between community online and community in person? How is the pandemic affecting your faith? What advice do you have for teens your age who might be struggling right now? How are you coping? What advice do you have for adults who want to support teenagers? What do you hope the Church learns from this? What are you grateful for? Have you gained anything during this time? What is something that you’re looking forward to?
35 minutes | 11 days ago
Meet the Howells
Dr. Vincent Howell and Vince Howell are a father-son team who have co-authored the book, MBA Quick Book for Ministers. In this episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Kim Ingram and Jesse Enniss talk with the Howells about their experience writing together. Vince shares about his experience as a PK (pastor’s kid) and how he incorporates his faith and his MBA into life and ministry. Vincent tells of his experiences as a church pastor and in engineering management. The leadership skills and tools for each overlap. Meet the Howells and learn how leaders can grow necessary skills for ministry, like identifying and developing lay leadership. Dr. Vincent Howell is the pastor at Centenary UMC in Clemmons. Ordained in the AMEZ Church, he holds a BS from NCA&T in Greensboro; an MA from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island; and a DMin from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Vince Howell is an IT manager with an insurance company in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Tennessee State University, and both an MBA with a focus in project management and a Master of Healthcare Services Administration from Strayer University. Resources: MBA Quick Book for Ministers Managing Projects in Ministry Both of these books are available to WNC clergy and laity through the Conference Resource Center or for purchase through Amazon. WNC Leadership Development Team FB page WNC Leadership Development Webpage and E-LEAD
51 minutes | 18 days ago
Creating Diverse, Just and Equitable Spaces of Faith
In this episode, Dr. Otto Harris, the senior pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist in Charlotte and the Interim Director of the Conference Comprehensive Plan of Equity, has an important conversation on diversity, inclusion and belonging with local diversity experts, Veronica Calderon, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Officer at Aldersgate Continuing Care Retirement Community and Fernando G. Little, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Atrium Health.
50 minutes | 25 days ago
Starting a House Church Network
"Several churches across the conference have started house church networks since the onset of the pandemic and countless more are beginning to experiment with them in the coming months as the weather gets colder and outdoor worship gets harder. In this episode Luke Edwards sits down with Rev. Sam Burleson and Amy Cochran of Salem UMC in Bostic. We hear about the house church network that arose this year at their church and some of the lessons they’ve learned so far. Learn more about Salem UMC here. Find the book on house churches that Luke recommends here. If you're interested in starting a house church contact Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org"
46 minutes | a month ago
Leading the Church in Politically Divided Times
America is divided and the church is not immune. The divisions are largely motivated by this and the previous election cycle. In this episode, Jesse Enniss is joined by Dr. Trevor Eppehimer, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Hood Theological Seminary, Rev. Jan Brittain, Lead Pastor, Williamson’s Chapel UMC, and Rev. Jamie Hamrick, Senior Pastor, Rocky Mount UMC who discuss the role of the church in this political climate. We discuss what it looks like to live in unity and how clergy can navigate the political tensions within our congregations and between one another. The October 2020 edition of E-LEAD resources leaders on “Leading in Politically Divided Times” https://www.wnccumc.org/elead Related resources from Williamson’s Chapel UMC, Rev. Jan Brittain, lead pastor: Sermon archive: https://willchapumc.org/worship/sermon-archive.html including the Race to Right Relationship and Unite in the Word series. Podcast, Curious Living: https://curiousliving.libsyn.com/ Why Can’t We Just Get Along (2 episodes).
39 minutes | a month ago
Remembering the Saints
As we approach All Saints Day, we want to pause to remember the Saints we’ve lost this year in our churches, in our communities and in our world. The pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives including death, dying and how we celebrate life and find ways grieve together. How do we balance sacred and safety in our rites surrounding death? Melissa McGill talks with Kay Morrison-Sanders, a cemetery bereavement counselor and lay member of St. Mark’s United Methodist in Charlotte and the Rev. Carter Ferguson, who pastors Prospect UMC in Archdale and Pleasant Hill UMC in Thomasville. Visit our website for Phase 3 Guidelines and other COVID-19 related resources. Find the Prayer Meditation for All Saints Day in Discipleship Ministries liturgical resources.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Meet Our Church Planters
Description – In this episode, Luke Edwards catches up with two church planters, Ashley Crowder Stanley of the Wellspring Congregation near Asheville and Rev. Charlie Rivens of The Place in Charlotte, to talk about their ministries, the highs and lows of starting a church and how they’ve adjusted during the pandemic. Find out more about all our conference church plants here: www.wnccumc.org/meetourplanters
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Park & Praise: A Reset on Worship, Community and Church During a Pandemic
In this episode, we take a trip to Simpson Gillespie United Methodist where the Rev. Darryl Dayson and his church gather in the parking lot for Park & Praise Worship. They’re in the midst of a sermon series entitled Reset and we can all benefit from pondering this question with them – will we resume or will we take this time to reimagine and reset to create something better than what we had before? For more information on the church and worship times, visit their website at https://www.simpsongillespie.com. Join them on Sundays at 10am online on Facebook and YouTube or in the parking lot on third Sunday of the month.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
Building Effective, Sustainable Partnerships between Schools and Churches
In this episode of Means of Grace, Brian Mateer is joined by Camille Roddy, the chair of the Western North Carolina Conference Congregations 4 Children initiative and the Rev. Ed Jones, pastor of Trinity United Methodist in Houston, Texas for a conversation how churches can partner with schools in their communities to meet the needs of students and families during the pandemic and beyond. Learn more about the conference’s C4C efforts at https://www.wnccumc.org/c4cabout and guidelines for school partnerships under the resources tab at https://www.wnccumc.org/c4cresources. You can also find our current COVID-19 guidelines at www.wnccumc.org/covid and webinars for adapting and maintaining Safe Sanctuaries procedures during this time at www.wnccumc.org/safesanctuaries. Contact Associate Director of Missional Engagement Brian Mateer at email@example.com, C4C Chair Camille Roddy at firstname.lastname@example.org and Rev. Ed Jones at email@example.com.
65 minutes | 3 months ago
Leadership, Technology, and Relationships
Six months into stay-at-home orders, every church has had to make significant shifts in their ministry. In this episode, Jesse Enniss talks with Rev. Dr. Andrea Smith, pastor of West UMC in Mooresville, NC, and Rev. Dan Hester, pastor of Skyland UMC in Asheville, NC about leadership in this time of change. They discuss how they have adapted their use of technology, their engagement with their communities, how they, as leaders, have been making decisions, and so much more! Resources: West UMC, Andrea Smith, pastor Skyland UMC, Dan Hester, pastor SLACK communication tool Constant Contact Carey Niewhof resources Tech Reviews Dan’s related blogs: Being Honest About My Lies 90 Days of Cold Hard Facts 90 Days of Warm Fuzzy Facts Pastor as Content Creator
28 minutes | 3 months ago
WNCC Lay Leader John Crane
In this episode, Caroline Wood has a conversation with John Crane, WNCC Lay Leader about the ministry of the laity and John’s passion for the church. John is a native of Gastonia, NC, where he and his wife, Roxanne, and sons Jonathan (20) and Zackery (17) are members of First UMC-Gastonia. He has most recently served on our Conference Board of Laity as a result of his service as the District Lay Leader for the Catawba Valley District, but has served previously as an at-large member Board, including serving as the director of the annual "Gathering of the Laity" event for several years. John also has a history of serving as a leader in our Lay Servant Ministry program, having been both a course instructor and the District Co-Director of Lay Servant Ministries in the former Gastonia District for over nine years. John has worked in financial services and other industries for over twenty years, with a focus on human resources, project management, and change leadership. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business John Crane Administration from Belmont Abbey College and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Find out more about Lay Ministries at https://www.wnccumc.org/lay-ministries
42 minutes | 4 months ago
Campus Ministry and COVID-19
In this episode, Brian Mateer has a conversation with Rev. Steve Cheney, Campus Minister at UNC-Charlotte and Rev. Diron Chloe, Campus Minister at North Carolina A&T University and Pastor of Metropolitan United Methodist in Greensboro, NC. Connect with these ministries: UNC-Charlotte, www.ninerunited.org and A&T University Wesley Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
In this episode, Rev. Kim Ingram talks with Rev. Scott Osterberg. Growing up in a non-church going family in Texas, he never thought he’d be a minister when he headed to Duke for seminary. His life and journey in ministry have presented challenges and devastating loss. Eight years ago, Scott’s renegade spirit led him to start New Story Church in Winston-Salem. Through all of these experiences, Scott has learned about leadership, service, and faith. Sometimes the hard way. In this episode of Means of Grace, we hear Scott’s story and discover how we can become renegades in ministry too. You can find information about Renegade Ministry – the book, podcast, and other ways to connect – at www.renegadeministry.org. The WNCC Resource Center carries Scott’s book and reopened on August 1. Or you can find it on Amazon. Kim mentions the A Bit of Optimism Podcast with Simon Sinek and Jenna Arnold which you can listen to on Youtube.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Moving Worship Outdoors
Due to the pandemic, many churches are shifting worship outside. In this episode, Luke Edwards talks with Caitlin McAlhany, Pastor of Randall UMC and Porter UMC, about what she has learned about outdoor worship after three years of launching and leading "Randall by The River." Learn more about "Randall by the River" here. If you have any questions about outdoor worship, contact Luke Edwards, Associate Director of Church Development at email@example.com
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Mental and Spiritual Health: Body, Mind, Soul
Director of Missional Engagement and Connectional Ministries Caroline Wood, and guests Rev. Eddie Ingram and Dr. Lori Dickson, explore how stress affects mental, physical, and spiritual health. Rev. Ingram explains the Enneagram types and helps us understand each type’s unique response to stress. Dr. Dickson shares the challenges and joys of serving as a general practitioner in a rural community lacking in mental health resources. Learn more about the Enneagram: www.enneagraminstitute.com Know Your Type Books The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective The Essential Enneagram The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery Podcasts https://www.theenneagramjourney.org/podcast
33 minutes | 5 months ago
In this edition of the Means of Grace podcast, Kim Ingram and Jesse Enniss talk with three Western North Carolina clergy: Duncan Martin, Drew McIntyre, and Mark Barden. Duncan, Drew and Mark tell anecdotes of moving day and getting ready to leave one parsonage and move into another one. Duncan and Mark are also PK’s (preacher’s kids) and reflect on experiences growing up. They each remind us of the care that is given to families and ways that the transition can be made easier. Usually it involves a sense of humor. We hope you will enjoy this lighter edition of MOG as many people can relate these stories to their own experiences.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
Rethinking Summer Missions
Brian Mateer, Associate Director of Missional Engagement, leads a conversation with Rev. Kris Mares and Rev. Laura Byrch on how churches should evaluate summer missions during COVID-19. Check out the Mission Engagement Team’s blog on this subject here.
50 minutes | 6 months ago
Race. Racism. The Church’s Clarion Call.
In this episode, we feature an important conversation on racism and the Church’s call to action, led by Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand on the Metro District Sights & Sounds podcast. This conversation with Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh, founder of A Certain Work, and Metro District Superintendent Rev. David Hockett is part one of a three-part series. Listen and subscribe to Metro District Sights & Sounds for parts two and three. Resources: "Stamped from the Beginning" by Ibram Kendi "The People's History" by Howard Zinn "Sisters in the Wilderness" by Delores Williams "Freedom's Daughters" by Lynne Olsen “The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear” by William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove “White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” by Robin DeAngelo Racial Equity Institute - https://www.racialequityinstitute.com UMC Resources on Advocating for Justice - https://www.umc.org/en/how-we-serve/advocating-for-justice/racial-justice Listen and subscribe to Metro Sights & Sounds: https://podfollow.com/1488629933
36 minutes | 6 months ago
Building Bridges with Susan Suarez Webster
On this episode, Melissa talks with the Rev. Susan Suarez Webster about building bridges between our churches and the community. Susan is the assistant pastor for community outreach at Central United Methodist Church in East Charlotte and the recipient of the 2020 Sydnor Thompson, Jr. Community Leader Award from Mecklenburg Ministries. MeckMin describes this award as honoring local leaders committed to building bridges of understanding, compassion and justice. She will be honored at a May 27 fundraising breakfast that will be held virtually for the first time. Learn more here: https://www.meckmin.org/awards-breakfast. Learn more about Central United Methodist Church at https://cumccharlotte.com and their multicultural dual-language preschool at https://childrenoftheworldlearningcenter.org. Resources for Immigration Advocacy: NC Council of Churches - https://www.ncchurches.org/programs/immigrant-rights Faith in Public Life - https://www.faithinpubliclife.org Latin American Coalition - https://latinamericancoalition.org Migrant Assistance Project – https://www.facebook.com/groups/MigrantAssistanceProjectInCharlotteNC The NC Latino Congress - https://www.nclatinocongress.org National TPS Alliance - https://www.nationaltpsalliance.org
38 minutes | 7 months ago
Innovation in Western North Carolina
In this episode, Caroline and Brian check in with Rev. Louis Timberlake for an update on the conference Innovation initiative that began at Annual Conference last year. Learn more at https://www.wnccumc.org/innovation. Contact Louis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete a few questions here to be included in the number of innovative ministries in WNCC. https://wnc-reg.brtapp.com/WNCCInnovatorsInformationSurvey
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