Updates from Metro District and WNCC
Leading Beyond the Crisis
Rev. David Hockett, District Superintendent

In an earlier edition of our District eNews, I shared the phrase, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our world like almost nothing since the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic or the Great Depression. It is a humanitarian, economic, healthcare, educational, political, social, and spiritual crisis like nothing experienced in our lifetime. It has impacted nearly every facet of life including the life of the Church. All of this has happened in the context of increasingly divisive and toxic politics, our ongoing denominational divisions, and the plague of racial injustice. These months of crisis make the future seem uncertain and the path forward unclear.  

2020 Clergy Assessments

We ask that this year’s assessment be completed and uploaded through the Clergy’s Dashboard by October 31, 2020. 

2020 Charge Conferences

It is time to prepare for the annual charge conference meeting for your church or charge. We hope that you will find the information here helpful.

Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry during COVID-19

UPDATED: 9/4/2020

Racial Healing Social Justice Cohort 2020

We are inviting you to participate in the Racial Healing Social Justice Cohort 3, (RHSJc3) starting September 15, 2020. This will be a four-session exploration of racism, systemic systems, and the development of ministry action plans that impact our communities in your local context. We believe collectively the CHURCH, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can help heal our neighborhoods, our cities and our country.

Hosts: Dr. Tom Hanchett, Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, Julie Porter, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and Justin Perry
 Register by September 14

Treasury Services to Offer Online Payments

Treasury Services is pleased to announce a new avenue for making Apportionment and Benefits payments via electronic payments. This new feature will be available in early 2021. Churches will have access to both apportionment and benefits (health and pension) payments, and individuals on all health plans will also have access for payment processing. There are NO fees for this service.

Congregations for Children (C4C)

We are all aware of the significant challenges facing our local schools. Administrators, teachers, support staff, and families are working harder than ever to provide a safe and effective educational experience for students. The COVID-19 pandemic will likely have a long-lasting impact on the social, intellectual, and academic development of students, particularly those most at risk of falling behind. Many of our Metro churches have relationships with their neighborhood schools and many more are prayerfully considering ways to help. Congregations for Children (C4C) has been about this important work for a number of years and offers the following guidance for local churches…

Faith Connections on Mental Illness Task Force on Suicide Prevention/Reduction

Partners in Health and Wholeness and the NC Council of Churches joins the efforts of the Faith Connections on Mental Illness Task Force on Suicide Prevention/Reduction to invite you and your congregation to observe September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. We trust that you and your congregation are doing well as we live through Covid19 and its many disruptions. We know that as people of faith, we are not immune to suicide in our community as well in our congregations.

Faith Connections on Mental Illness Task Force on Suicide Prevention/Reduction is sending you materials that we feel could provide helpful information including sample prayers and liturgies from different faith traditions.