BRD Monthly - March 2022

posted on March 01

Current COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry
(updated 3.1.2022)

View & Download a copy of the current guidelines here.

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March Clergy Meeting

The next clergy meeting will be held via Zoom March 8 from 12pm to 1pm. Zoom links will be sent to your clergy email prior to the meeting. 



Tempered Resilience: Becoming an Adaptive Leader
Webinar and Group Sessions

March 15 at noon, Author Tod Bolsinger will lead a webinar based on his book Tempered Resilience with Bishop Carter moderating.

Cultivating leadership not just to survive but to thrive. Tod Bolsinger provides a vision and language for how we address the trials and crucible of leadership in the midst of change. There is no cost to participate, but participants must purchase a copy of Tempered ResilienceUse code TR30 to receive 30% off.

Following the webinar Clergy colleague and study groups will be offered for 8 sessions. Each district will host their own group intended for full-time clergy members.

Beginning March 15, Eric Lineberry, Chair of the Fellowship of LP & AM and Kim Ingram, Director of Ministerial Services, will host a group for part-time local pastors and others for whom the time works best.

Zoom links will be sent to participants upon registration.

BLUE RIDGE DISTRICT, led by Mark Ralls

Tuesdays, March 29, April 5 and 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. 
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Limited to 12 clergy from the Blue Ridge District.

OPEN TO ANY WNC CLERGY, led by Eric Lineberry and Kim Ingram 

Tuesdays, March 15-May 10, skipping April 12. 
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Any WNC clergy may participate. 

More information and registration can be found here.



Join Us for an Informative Session with Rev. Mike Slaughter!

The Catawaba Valley district is excited to invite the whole conference to attend a led discussion by Rev. Mike Slaughter with CV district clergy and leaders on the Post Pandemic Church.

Saturday, March 5, 10 am - 3 pm
First UMC, Hickory, 311 3rd Ave., NE, Hickory (Christian Life Center)  
Free to attend; $5 for lunch (optional -- BBQ, slaw, chips, drink)

Mike is an ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church and holds a Doctorate of Ministry. He has authored multiple books and is the recipient of several awards including Olivet Nazarene University's Reed Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of outstanding leadership. As a mentor Mike travels globally to speak and uses his “gift of irritation” to equip ministry leaders to minimize brick and maximize mission so that they may fully deploy the mission of Jesus into the world.

For more information and registration, click here. 



Anti-Racism Ethics Training

Spring antiracism clergy ethics training registration is now open.  It is important to take advantage of these opportunities as they become available because spots are limited and this antiracism training is mandatory for all WNC appointed clergy.
This cycle only has 2 in-person workshops still available. 

In-Person 2-Day Workshops: (10-6 each day)

May 13,14 • Franklin
June 3,4 • West Jefferson

More information an registration is available here:
Ethics in Ministry (


Fresh Expressions Exponential
March 7-10, join 
Bishop Ken CarterRev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand of Metro District, Rev. Dr. Michael Moynagh of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, Rev. Dr. Michael Beck of the Florida Conference, and more for the 2022 Fresh Expressions Exponential.
The Orlando conference features over 200 speakers, 150 workshops, 20 pre-conference intensives, and 75+ networks and denominations. This year's theme is "Moving with the Spirit".

Find details and registration here.


Rural Clergy Day Apart

Join us for programming and relaxing fun under the direction of Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith. This day is geared towards celebrating rural clergy while providing resources to help with the unique ministry opportunities in rural areas. You'll connect with other rural pastors, receive some goodies, and rediscover the joy of rural ministry.
Camp Tekoa Foothills
258 Hull Road, Casar, NC 28020
Tuesday, March 29
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $10 to cover lunch

Find more information and registration here

Carolina Cross Connection Golf Tournament

Carolina Cross Connection is hosting their 16th annual golf tournament on March 26th at Rocky River golf club in Concord, NC.  CCC is dedicated to serving the residents of the Blue Ridge District and are grateful for the long history we have with some of our churches. All proceeds go to help fund their summer mission programs, which include:

  • Materials for Home Repairs in 13 counties in WNC, with approx. 200 families in those counties served. 
  • Partnerships with agencies that help people experiencing homelessness in Asheville
  • Repair work done in 5 Children’s Homes in Honduras and one village
  • They are expecting to employ 21 college-aged students to run their summer programs
  • They are expecting 630 students and adults to attend their programs
Find more information on attending, joining, or sponsoring, here.

Upcoming Dates & Events

  • March 8: Clergy Meeting
  • March 8-9: Outward Mindset Training
  • March 15: Bishop Carter Co-Host's Tempered Resilience Webinar
  • March 18-20: 2022 Marriage Enrichment Retreat
  • March 26: Carolina Cross Connection Golf Tournament & Fundraiser
  • March 29: Blue Ridge District Tempered Resilience Group Sessions Begin



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