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A Faithful Friday Appeal!

  Checks should be made payable to the Christian Church in NC with a memo: Faithful Friday and mail to P.O. Box 1568, Wilson, NC, 27894, or you may donate online here: https://engage.suran.com/ncdisciples/s/give/new-gift.…

Combined Men’s and Women’s Retreat at Christmount

We are excited to have registration ready for our Combined Men’s and Women’s Retreat to be held at Christmount Assembly in Black Mountain, NC. Register by Mail | Register Online | Download Retreat Flyer | Download Basket Flyer | Download Itinerary …

Revive! Renewal Experience This Summer for Eastern N.C. Pastors Hosted by Barton College

Barton College is pleased to announce the Revive! Renewal Experience for pastors in Eastern North Carolina this summer. This experience will be the first featured event to be offered by the newly formed Center for Vocation and Rural Ministry at Barton College, made possible through the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The Revive! Renewal Experience is meant to serve as a sabbatical experience for pastors of small congregations, rural congregations, and congregations of color in Eastern North Carolina. The experience will begin on July 24, and run through August 1. There are 12 positions available during this first cohort. “Barton College and its Center for Vocation and Rural Ministry looks forward to welcoming pastors to campus this summer,” shares Dr. Rodney A. Werline, director of the Center for Religious Studies and the Leman and Marie Barnhill Endowed Chair in Religious Studies. “This time away from the parish will provide pastors an opportunity to experience a renewal of spirit and energy, a chance to fully engage in discussions and study without distraction, and a time for vocational discernment.” Participants will have the opportunity to have their pulpits filled by trained Barton College students, faculty, and staff. The participating pastors will be housed at Barton College and will experience times of relaxation, enjoy opportunities to meet colleagues and develop collegial relationships, engage with the local culture, explore ideas with scholars, and receive support through spiritual direction, as well as nurture for all aspects of a pastor’s wellbeing. In the months that follow, spiritual direction and opportunities to engage in other supportive activities will be offered. Participants will be invited to return for a second sabbatical in the summer of 2022, even as a new cohort is formed during that summer. There is no cost to participants. Applications are due no later than June 15, and the application form can be accessed by clicking on this link: Barton College Revive! Renewal Experience. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application, and we hope that you will spread the word to other colleagues. Pastors of all ecumenical denominations are welcomed to apply. For additional information about Revive! Renewal Experience or for information regarding the Center for Vocation and Rural Ministry at Barton College, please contact the Reverend Blythe Taylor, assistant provost for integrative learning, director of the Oral Communication Center, at mbtaylor@barton.edu or 252-399-6541.…

Boundaries Training

We are offering two more upcoming Boundaries Training. Please contact David Mallory (davidtmallory@gmail.com) if you have any questions. 1) Boundaries Training, June 23, 2021 at FCC Greensboro Register Online | Register By Mail 2) Boundaries Training, November 13, 2021 at Camp Caroline   Register Online | Register By Mail…

2021 Racial Equity Training

Register By Mail | Register Online | Download the Flyer North Carolina Region,  Since August 2017, the Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation (ARPR) Commission of the  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina has offered Racial Equity Training for Clergy and Church Leaders in fulfilling the requirement for racial equity training set forth in Resolution I passed at the 2016 Regional Assembly held in Greenville, NC.  Over the course of three years, our Racial Equity Training has been faithful and effective in garnering the attention of other states and regions across the nation including South Carolina and Texas. Our training model is a sixteen-hour in-person process over the course of two days. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the ARPR Commission was forced to cancel the  Spring 2020 training as well as limit the platform capacity of our Fall 2020 training.  As the pandemic continues to dictate the necessity for limited travel, limited capacity, and health/safety protocols, the NC Commission, the Regional Minister, and our trainers also continue to engage in thoughtful dialogue, finding creative ways of fulfilling the Racial  Equity Training requirements for NC clergy.  In a pre-pandemic world, we strived to offer a high-quality, interactive journey filled with biblical and historical content that offers clarity, sensitivity, and self-discovery as it relates to race. This model has been effective and impactful in which attendees have emerged armed with a common language, historical accuracy, better listening techniques, and the importance of sharing of our stories! In a pandemic society, the challenge consists of turning the current model into an online training model inclusive of a series of self-paced lessons through an e-learning platform and scheduled zoom sessions.  While the process and content of the training are the same as our in-person, two-day workshop, the format, delivery, and length will be different. Participants will have approximately two weeks to complete self-paced lessons. At the conclusion of two weeks,  all lessons must be completed as participants enter a series of zoom sessions. Five scheduled zoom sessions will be two to three hours in length, including Thursday evening, Friday morning/afternoon, and Saturday morning/afternoon. Our goal is to refrain from an eight-hour-long zoom meeting while including as much interaction as possible through the best practices of online continuing education.  We believe that many clergies and church leaders will enjoy this online option while others prefer the in-person model. At this time, we are scheduling only one online training in order to be both flexible and purposeful as our society moves through the pandemic in 2021. We encourage all clergy who have not yet completed the required Racial Equity Training to register for the online training as soon as possible as participation is limited to forty (40)  participants.   Grace & Peace to you,  Bishop Valerie Melvin, Regional Minister, NC  Rev. Dr. Jackie McHenry, Chair, ARPR Commission  Rev. Jason Williams, Vice-Chair, ARPR Commission…

2021 CCNC Report to General Board

Dear Disciples, Each year, the College of Regional Ministers submit to the General Board of our denomination an annual report summarizing the activities within our regions in a given year. The 2020 reports were starkly different from the 2019 reports, which glowed with financial improvements, strong vision, and congregational growth. 2020 had a different description. Surreal! But, as we read each report, we did not feel despair. We felt the hope of each Regional Minister and their congregations. Today, I wish to share with you the report for North Carolina (embedded below as well). I hope it encourages your heart to know how many times as a covenant of fellowship churches you made sweet lemonade from the sour moments of a surreal year. I am so proud of you, Christian Church in North Carolina, and I pray that you will remain hopeful for God’s abundant grace afforded to each one of you. Peace. Bishop Valerie J. Melvin, Regional Minister …

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