Spiritual Renewal for WNC Clergy and Lay Professionals



New life is beginning to burst forth all around us as spring is nudging winter’s cold away. And the Holy Spirit is calling us to a deeper relationship with God through Christ as we anticipate the joy of Easter that is to come! The Conference Leadership Development Team encourages you to come seeking new life also as we have sought out a few places, spaces, and models below that provide environments to intentionally place yourself in a posture before God so that you can better hear and experience new life in Christ.

We invite you to make application to receive a grant from the LDT to the model that best fits you. We are asking for a personal investment from you of only $50.00 to any of these offerings, and the LDT will provide additional funds up to $500.00! We encourage you, and/or your Covenant group to intentionally seek God and the abundant life that only God can give and be expectant of what God will do, in and through you!

Shake off the cold of winter and the daily practice of ministry for a time and come apart with Jesus so that you can experience what only Christ can bring! The deadline is May 15, 2017.

Here are the offerings for Spring 2017:


Listening for the Heartbeat of God

A retreat with J. Phillip Newell, sponsored by First Light Productions
June 30-July 2, 2017
Lake Junaluska
Cost per person $215 registration; $153-$303 lodging and meals
Registration cost will be made on your behalf; lodging/meals will be reimbursed.


5 Day Academies from Upper Room

Richmond, VA
July 30-Aug. 4
Elaine Heath and Roger Owens
“Guided by Grace: A Journey of Growth in Prayer and Community”
Emory & Henry College, VA
July 30-Aug. 4
Lloyd Allen and Mary Earle
“Wisdom for Today: A Celtic Christian Perspective”
$590 before June 15
Or, you can choose another 5 Day Academy experience


St. Francis Springs Retreat Center

Stoneville, NC
Silent Retreat
July 2-7
Icon Workshop
July 24-28


Columbia Theological Seminary

Part of the Lifelong Learning Series and Certificate in Spiritual Formation program.
Holy Wells and Thin Places: Exploring Celtic Spirituality
October 19-22
Montreat Conference Center, Black Mountain, NC
On-campus housing available
Registration cost will be made on your behalf; lodging will be reimbursed.
Register as a lifelong learner and click the box for $50 Deposit towards WNCC UMC professional.


Center for Courage and Renewal

Making Our Home with the Other
July 31-Aug 3
Techny, IL
$450 registration by May 1; $375-$525 housing


Personal Retreats

Unstructured, no program, personal retreat center
Abbey of Gethsemani
Trappist, KY
Well of Mercy
Hamptonville, NC
$90/night or $125 for cottage
The Lydia Group
Starrette Farm Retreat, Statesville, NC
Quiet Space Fridays, the second Friday of each month
$20/day, reservations required, space limited


Spiritual Direction

A list of spiritual directors, by district, is available at this link. If you have another preferred spiritual director, please submit a scholarship request with the information about the spiritual director you would like to use. The spiritual director must have relevant credentials and training. The preference is to pay the provider directly.


The Academy for Spiritual Formation Two Year Academy

Western North Carolina has received a grant opportunity which offers $2000 grants to participate in a 2 year program through the Encouraging Spiritual Leaders (ESL) program. $1000 will be offered by the Academy and the Leadership Development Team will match the $1000 for a total of a $2000 grant. This is available to 5 WNC clergy or ministry professionals. Contact Kim Ingram if you are interested in a matching grant. More information is available at: http://academy.upperroom.org/events/two-year-academies



Once you commit to participate, you should register for the event and then submit a participation form so that the balance due can be paid directly to the provider. Click here for a downloadable participation form. Please submit the participant application by May 15, 2017, along with a copy of your registration confirmation or invoice, to Kim Ingram at kingram@wnccumc.org.  If online registration is required and registration is more than $50, the Leadership Development Team will reimburse you the difference. The preference is for WNC to pay the provider directly and we have been in touch with each of them.

Leadership Development Funds are provided through WNC local church apportionments. If you have an idea for a future opportunity, please email Kim Ingram at kingram@wnccumc.org. Questions? Contact Kim Ingram or Marsha Bradley at mbradley@wnccumc.org (704-535-2260).

Funds are limited and will be made available on a first-come basis.