BRD Monthly - January 2021

posted on December 29

Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day Under Covid
A wonderful piece from United Methodist Communications on making the most of Martin Luther King Day for your congregation this year while navigating the seemingly never-ending changes of Covid-19.

Stories of Us
This year marks the beginning of a new series on our website, Stories of Us! Highlighting each of the Blue Ridge District congregations one at a time, we hope to build a sense of family within our district and open doors for more engagement between Churches. 

Haywood St. Congregation in Downtown Asheville is the first in our series, and we are excited to share their story, what they've been up to, and what they're looking forward to!

Be on the look out on and our Facebook for all of our upcoming stories.


Virtual Leadership Lunch with Mark Ralls
District Superintendent Mark Ralls invites the clergy of the Blue Ridge District to gather via ZOOM for lunch and conversation to enhance relationships and learn from each other. The topics of discussion for the next few months are as follow:

January 19 - March 16: Putting New Habits into Practice

  • January 19: Taking Multiple Perspectives
  • February 2: Asking Different Questions
  • February 16: Seeing the System
  • March 2: Managing Polarities
  • March 16: Setting Boundaries and Establishing Attractors

Join each conversation with this ZOOM link


Winter Leadership Training Webinar Series
Most years in January, our district offers a training event for leaders to help strengthen and equip you as you evolve and take on new roles in your local church. Like most events this year, we have felt the need to transition this training into an online event as have other districts in our conference. 

Because of this, rather than hosting in-person events in each district, we will offer a series of Conference-wide training webinars during the week of January 10-14 to resource and equip all areas of your Church leadership.

For more information including registration and schedules, please visit


Advisory Forms 
Advisory forms were mailed November 12th.  If pastors or their 2020 S/PPRC Chairs did not receive the form and letter, please contact Ruth Kapely at  Church and Clergy Profiles must be completed by January 6, 2021.

The final day for 2020 Apportionments to be received for 2020 credit is Wednesday, January 6, 2021 by 3 pm. Apportionments must be in by then, not postmarked and dated to come.

Covid-19 Update for Local Churches
Bishop Leeland and Cabinet urge pastors and church leaders to use the COVID-19 Alert System to monitor their county and reconsider their decision to hold indoor worship, particularly if their county is “red." All local churches are asked to use extreme caution in response to the recent rapid spread of the virus. We thank the United Methodists across Western North Carolina for “loving their neighbor” by doing all that they can do to limit the spread of COVID-19. View Guidelines Here


Upcoming Events:

January 10: Winter Leadership Training Webinar Series

January 12: Ways to Start & Improve Small Group Ministry Webinar

January 16: WNCC Martin Luther King Jr Virtual Commemoration

January 19: Virtual Leadership Lunch with Mark - Setting Boundaries and Establishing Attractors ZOOM Link Here

January 22: Eating Together Faithfully - Introductory Facilitator Training