News & Updates
Clergy Assessment Process Moving to Late Spring
In an effort to align the assessment process with the conference year, as well as to reduce the amount of administrative work for local churches in the fall, the Bishop and Cabinet have chosen to move the clergy assessment process to late spring. Thus, you do not have to complete clergy assessments this fall. We will send out more information about the process in 2020. 
Metro LEAD's 2020
Leading, Equipping And Discipling

Where: University City UMC
When: February 1, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Brian Zehr, Co-Founder and Leadership Architect, Intentional Impact

Metro District CLERGY Day Apart with Brian Zehr

Mark your calendars - January 30, 2020

Details are forthcoming

Brian has nearly 30 years experience as a professional speaker, leader, trainer, coach and leadership developer. During much of this time, Brian has been involved in leading faith based organizations and continues to work in and with churches across the USA. He is a member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and has been on the teaching faculty of the Registered Corporate Coaches program. Brian is the author of The Seven Critical Components to Lead with Confidence. Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Taylor University and his Master of Arts in Communication from Wheaton College. In addition to his leadership at Intentional Impact, Brian is also actively engaged as a Keynote Speaker across the country.
The Emotionally Healthy Leader

Our next Emotionally Healthy Leader reading group gathering will be Tuesday, September 17 th at 8:30am at Crossroads UMC in room 120. We’ll continue our conversation around the inner life of the leader focusing on Chapters 3-5. All are welcome.
District Vitality Grants

November 1 - Deadline for Online Submission of Grant Applications

October 12, 2019
Hickory Metro Convention Center.

The mission is to empower and equip men to be faith-filled leaders in
family and community

Men’s Restore Conference will have this year’s speakers, First Lieutenant Patrick Cleburne McClary III, retired USMC, Dereck Whittenburg, NC State’s 1983 National Championship Men’s Basketball team, Tim Lewis, Head Coach for Montreat College Lady Cavaliers, and David Dusek of Rough-Cut Men Ministries

At these breakfasts, you will learn about the impact of overdoses in the state of North Carolina, what harm reduction means, and what congregations can do to get involved. Our next breakfasts will be on the following dates at the following locations: (Register by clicking the name of the city)
September 19- Kenly
October 3- Hayesville
October 17-  Albemarle
Spiritual Renewal Offerings

For WNC Clergy and Ministry Professionals - Choose from a menu of offerings that include a scholarship of up to $500.

THIS is the right time to be renewed!

Called. Together.
November 1-3, 2019
Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida

Journey Inward
The Big Silence Retreat
January 19-22,2020
Facilitated by
Revs. Jonathan Brake &
Dianne Lawhorn

Have you wanted your community to have deeper conversations about how our faith informs the ways we eat? Would you like your church to have a more theological approach to community meals? Do you desire for your community to gather around good food for discussions about how to better care for each other and all our neighbors in creation?
Come join us!
Eating Together Faithfully 
Regional Training Retreats
November 15-17, 2019
Camp Chestnut Ridge, Efland, NC
April 30 - May 2, 2020
Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Delaware, OH

Senior Adult Vacation Bible School with Ed Kilbourne

@ Mount Zion UMC, Cornelius

On Sunday September 29, Ed Kilbourne will be leading worship in the morning at Mt. Zion UMC, followed by a concert that evening at 5:00 pm in the Family Life Center. On Monday September 30 through Wednesday October 2, Ed will lead the Adult Vacation Bible School each morning.

Plan NOW to bring your middle school youth to IgniteUS!

This event is great for small groups AND large groups - send 2 or 22, or more!  

Contact for more info
Using a mixture of lecture, small and large group discussion, and a case study, participants will leave this highly interactive experience with a concrete action plan for initiating and/or navigating an important change in their church, a change that will enable the church to better fulfill its mission.
Ideally, a clergy leader and a lay leader from a church will participate together. If this is not possible, clergy leaders are encouraged to participate by themselves.

Celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the national CROP Hunger Walk movement, CROP Hunger Walks continue to raise millions of dollars each year to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger. In each CROP Hunger Walk community, 25% of money raised comes back to local agencies. Across the country, over 1600 local agencies receive funds from CROP Hunger Walks