District Connect Conference

Due to increased interest and request on behalf of congregations across the district, we are changing our focus for the March District Connect conference to better prepare us for the upcoming General Conference. Join congregations and leaders across the district as we come together to receive up to date information and learn to lead peaceful conversations in the midst of discerning our path forward.

Covenant Community Church is located in Asheville, close to Fairview. View in Google Maps.
This conference is open to all UMC clergy and laity in the Blue Ridge District.

NEWLY Updated Schedule:

1:30 pm – Registration
Worship and Prayer
Information and Q&A providing anticipatory guidance
Teaching and Hands-On Learning for engaging in Holy Conversations within your congregation
Closing Communion
5:00 pm – Dismissal

Registration is free & Childcare is provided!

Register Here.

Educational Opportunity for Church Leaders

MENTORING PEW SITTERS INTO SERVANT LEADERS: Developing Servant Leader Volunteers Through Mentoring

September 17, October 15, November 12 (from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Francis Asbury UMC in Candler (West Asheville area)

Participants should realize the following ministry-related outcomes:

Biblical and theological foundation for mentoring ministry
Identify the difference between content-driven ministries and process-guided ministries.
Identify perceived barriers for volunteering
Eliminating the downward drag of ministry clutter in one’s ministry locale.
The leader and self-awareness: Doing our homework for healthy relationships and more fruitful ministry
A simple but profound three-part plan for multiplying servant leaders
Implementing a mentoring culture and process in participant’s ministry context

A team from each church is ideal — Pastor or Ministry Professional and 2 – 4 Lay Persons. Leaders alone are welcome

Rev. Dr. Michael Kurtz, LMFT, DMin, pastor of Francis Asbury UMC, will lead this peer learning opportunity. He wrote a book by the same name. Participants will receive a copy of the book.