34 episodes

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.

Means of Grace Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church

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    • 5.0, 13 Ratings

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.

    Renegade Ministry

    Renegade Ministry

    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.  

    • 52 min
    Moving Worship Outdoors

    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 ledwards@wnccumc.org

    • 34 min
    Mental and Spiritual Health: Body, Mind, Soul

    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

    • 35 min
    Moving Stories

    Moving Stories

    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.

    • 32 min
    Rethinking Summer Missions

    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.

    • 38 min
    Race. Racism. The Church’s Clarion Call.

    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

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

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Lennie Washington

Thank you for these gentle guides leading us closer to God. I am grateful.

Mark Conforti ,

Great insight!!

Excited to hear these episodes with great insight from Western North Carolina Methodists!

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Thank you so much for allowing us to experience what is truly going on at the border. This is an important podcast for those on both sides of this issue. Thank you for weaving scripture into this message, so that we can know what God calls us to do for our brothers & sisters.

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