by Rev. Veranita Alvord, pastor of Morehead UMC No kidding. The obscure paragraph regarding “Spiritual Growth Program” in the Book of Discipline I learned about in Tom Frank’s UM Polity Class at Candler School of Theology saved my life. In Continue reading Obscure Discipline Paragraph Saves Life!
Reflections on my one-month Renewal Leave by Noel Sweezy I set the anchor, turned off the engine, and gasped. The Silence was palpable, alien, but welcoming. And it would be my solitary sanctuary for a month! The journey began at Continue reading The Sound of Sheer Silence
By Rev. David Christy, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Gastonia One of the great things about getting to be a local church pastor is that we are allowed to witness different “ways of being” (culture) local churches. Each church Continue reading Developing a Culture In a Church
THANK YOU WNCC! Recipients of the fall 2016 Leadership Development Team grants wanted to thank you for supporting their ministries. With your financial support these providers will be offering programs throughout 2017 that will help to develop and strengthen our Continue reading Gratitude for Grants
by Jeff Patterson Altar calls are a modern American Christian innovation. There is no reference to an altar call in the Bible. The early Christians never used such an occasion to call people to faith in Jesus Christ. Great evangelists like Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid of an Altar Call
by Rev. Lonnie Pittman, Pastor, Assurance UMC, Huntersville/Charlotte, NC WHY? It seems we are a culture of short memories and short attention spans. As much as I pretend that I am above this cultural shift, I admit that post fatherhood Continue reading Series Preaching
Every year the United Methodist churches in Western North Carolina participate in a church leadership nomination process. Jan Brittain, pastor of Williamson’s Chapel UMC in Mooresville writes about a process that she has utilized to help ensure that the right Continue reading Church Nomination Process Strategy
by Lory Beth Huffman One of the hardest dilemmas we face in leading a church well is handling volunteers who are not fruitful in their leadership or service position. What do you do when you have the wrong people on Continue reading When Volunteers Aren’t Working Out…
by Tom Steagald There were protests in major American cities and reprehensible acts of violence that tore fresh holes in the nation’s already tattered fabric. The presidential campaign continued, with its escalating absurdities. The SEJ episcopal elections concluded, though the consequent Continue reading What a Week
by John S. Boggs, WNC Conference, Director of Vital Discipleship Dr. Zan Holmes, known to many through Disciple Bible Study, preached an evangelistic sermon at Annual Conference many years ago reminding us that “shepherds don’t beget sheep; sheep beget sheep.” In other words, Continue reading Let’s Make Disciples!