Means of Grace, a podcast from the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, equips church leaders through expertise and examples. Twice a month, we feature local experts on a variety of topics from leadership to innovation and share examples of churches in our conference reaching their communities in news ways through mission engagement, Fresh Expressions and much more.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, defined Means of Grace as the outward signs, words or actions that are the ordinary channels conveying God’s grace to the souls of people. So when we’re talking about leadership or discipleship or an outreach initiative, it’s about more than doing a program well, it’s a means of God’s grace to the world.
Rev. Kim Ingram, Rev. Luke Edwards, Jesse Enniss and Melissa McGill host. Our theme song was written and performed by Rev. Kyle Sigmon, an ordained deacon and a talented musician in Boone, NC.
Journey to Wholeness
Host Kim Ingram shares an intimate conversation with Rev. Jill Smith. Jill has been a church pastor for 20 years and last summer embarked on a new journey that she calls Flourishing Souls. Her ministry uses contemplative prayer for a deeper connection to God and the Enneagram for self-awareness. The conversation covers both. Jill loves dogs (they have two collies), dark coffee, world travel, and deep conversations.
Jill’s website: Flourishing Souls
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Building the Church for Generations to Come with the United Methodist Foundation of WNC
In this episode, David Snipes, President and CEO for the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina and Caroline Cox, Director of Reynolds Ministries and Programming have a conversation with Caroline Wood. They share part of their own stories as well as stories of the Foundation, its programs and offerings and how lives are changed through the ministries that build the church for generations to come.
Online Worship is Here to Stay
In this week's episode, Luke Edwards talks with Dan Pezet, Director of Church Development and Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions about designing worship for both in person and online participants. Jason began his ministry in the late 90s at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio and later went on to co-found Midnight Oil Productions, "a leading voice in equipping the church for creative worship, and guest readiness."
On Sunday, March 14, 2021, the WNCC Office of Church Development invites you to join Jason Moore for Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences. Learn more about the webinar, including how to register, here.
Learn more about and register for the Both/And webinar here.
Learn more about Midnight Oil Productions.
For more resources, tips, and ideas for remote worship, visit the WNCC COVID-19 hub.
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Developing a Ministry of Reconciliation in Your Context
Rev. Kim Ingram talks with Deborah Daniels and Cindy Thompson, active lay leaders in Western North Carolina Conference about the ways they have been involved with ministries of reconciliation, specifically related to racial reconciliation. Cindy and Deborah reflect on their experiences and highlight ways leaders and churches can participate in reconciliation in their congregations and communities.
Mt. Tabor UMC Response to Racial Injustice: Racial Injustice | church (mttaborumc.org)
Racial Healing Workshop: Racial Healing and the Gospel of Reconciliation: A Workshop on the Ministry of Reconciliation (wnccumc.org)
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This week’s episode is about the Missional Collective, which desires to help churches and ministries shift the work of mission from relief to empowerment. Missional Collective participants attend a series of retreats together and remain in connection with one another through the support of each other’s work. Brian Mateer speaks with Missional Collective Coordinator, Erin Burleson, who shares details of the cohort and how you can participate. The deadline to register for the 2021 collective is Sunday, February 14th. Find the link to register in the show notes below.
Learn more and register for this year's collective on the 2021 Missional Collective webpage. For more information contact Erin Burleson or Brian Mateer.
The Church and Rural Food Systems
Today’s episode is about rural food systems and how churches can make an impact on our communities in economic and environmental ways. Luke Edwards talks with Jaimie McGirt of Resourceful Communities which focuses on environmental stewardship, social justice and sustainable economic development across rural NC. He also talks with Bob Sturge, Pastor of Mill Grove UMC in Midland, NC where he and his congregation have been encouraging the missional and evangelistic impact of predominantly rural congregations by partnering with local farmers to provide beef for neighboring food ministries and dinner churches.
Learn more about Resourceful Communities here.
For more information about their grants you can reach out to Jaimie McGirt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more information about My Father's Cows here.