BRD Monthly Newsletter - December 2022

posted on December 01


December 2022



Apportionments Due Wednesday, January 4

Apportionments for 2022 are due to the conference office no later than 3:00pm Wednesday, January 4. If you have any questions please email Ruth.


Annual Reports Due Wednesday, February 15

The EZRA platform for annual statistical reports is replaced by ACStats for 2022. ACStats will open Tuesday, January 3.  A letter from WNC Treasurer R. Mark King containing the link and training videos can be found here.


2023 Winter Leadership Training

This year’s Western North Carolina Conference 2023 Winter Leadership Training will take place January 23-26th online in the evenings. This training is  designed for and open to all local church leaders including lay leaders, council members, volunteers, and all who lead (or are considering future leadership!). This is an opportunity to connect with other leaders across the conference and learn about roles, best practices, and new ideas for ministry. We are excited to reveal our great line-up of topics and presenters, and that Bishop Ken Carter will be our keynote speaker! 

A detailed schedule can be found here.


Western North Carolina Conference Sued by 38 Disaffiliating Churches

Read Bishop Carter's recent response to the filed lawsuit against The Western NC Conference of The United Methodist Church here.



Only 3 Seasons Left for RISE! Anti-Racism Trainings

Antiracism Ethics Training is the Clergy Ethics Training for the quadrennium through June 2024, and is mandatory for all clergy in the Western North Carolina Conference. 

Each session has a limited number of seats, please plan accordingly to ensure you are able to participate before June 2024. Every season will have 8 district-hosted options for in-person (2-day workshops) and 1 option for virtual (12-day span workshop). This means there are only 3 virtual options left in the quadrennium and 3 in-person local to you.

Spring 2023 In-Person Dates are as follows:

  • January 18-19 - Covenant UMC, High Point (Northern Piedmont)
  • January 27-28 - Williamson's Chapel UMC, Mooresville (Metro)
  • February 10-11 - Hillsdale UMC, Advance (Yadkin Valley)
  • February 24-25 - St. Luke's UMC, Hickory (Catawba Valley)
  • March 31-April 1 - Covenant UMC, High Point (Northern Piedmont)
  • May 11-12 - Assurance UMC, Huntersville (Metro)
  • May 22-23 - St. Luke's UMC, Hickory (Catawba Valley)
  • June 9-10 - Covenant Community UMC, Asheville (Blue Ridge)

Spring 2023 Virtual Schedule:

Monday, March 13 |  Zoom Orientation Session - 6:00-8:30pm

March 14-17 |  Self-Paced eLearning

Saturday, March 18 |  Zoom Day 1 - 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00-5:00pm

March 19-24 | Self-Paced eLearning

Saturday, March 25 | Zoom Day 2 -  9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00-5:00pm

Visit registration here.



Both/And Cohort Begins January 15

This grant process and experience is intended to support churches as they explore and implement best practices for faithfully developing and deploying BOTH In-Person AND Online worship. The foundational core of this grant is about building relationships through Hybrid ministries that create PARTICIPANTS – not viewers.

Applications will be accepted through January 8, 2023.

Learn more and register here.


The Big Silence Retreat – January Registration Open

Experience big spaces of solitude and silence in community for the purpose of tending the inner fire of your soul. This 4-day mostly silent retreat will now be grounded in the writings of Ruth Haley Barton's Invitation to Solitude and Silence and new prayer resources and prayer stations will be offered. January's retreat will be held January 15 - 18 at the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC (North of Greensboro). Spiritual Development Grants are available towards The Big Silence through WNCC Leadership Development Team.
View more information and registration 


Free Canva Accounts

Canva makes all of its pro-level tools free for nonprofits, including churches. Canva is one of the most widely used tools for creating social media posts. Adobe's Illustrator and InDesign replaced Microsoft Publisher, and Canva is the extremely user-friendly replacement of Adobe. 

Find details and registration here!



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