Two years ago the North Carolina Conference embarked on a new path of district leadership design and deployment. The Transition Team solicited, and received, feedback from lay and clergy in the conference which aided them in their decisions. It is time to check in to see how those changes are working for us. You are invited to offer your comments and responses in a confidential survey. Please go to this link and respond to the questions.
The Judicial Council is given the responsibility by The United Methodist Church to ensure that the decisions of the General Conference and the Annual Conferences are sound in keeping with the constitution of The United Methodist Church. The Judicial Council of The United Methodist, during their work in late October, issued two rulings that directly affect the NC Conference.
One of these decisions related to the district transitions we have recently undergone. The other decision related to our financial support of the NC Council of Churches.
Read the full text of these decisions on the Episcopal Rulings page.
The Conference Transition Team invites pastors and one lay leader from each church to attend a Mission & Discipleship Workshop to learn more about the NC Conference pursuit of a new paradigm for ministry including the shift from 12 to 8 districts.
The workshop will also help church laity understand why the role of the District Superintendent has been redefined. Traditionally, the DSs specific duties were spelled out in the Discipline, but mentoring and visioning with local pastors and churches have been added to the current duties.
Exploration of recapturing the simplicity and power of the UM tradition, along with expressing the heart of the Conference’s new direction, will also be focal points of this event.
Hosted by the leaders of 3DM*, the course will be offered from 9 am-3:30 pm on November 27 & 28 at Millbrook UMC, 127 East Millbrook Rd, Raleigh NC, and again on November 29 at St James UMC’ 2000 East Sixth St., Greenville, NC.
The workshop is free and lunch is included.
Pre-registration is required. Participants must register for one day only, choosing the date that best accommodates their needs.
*3DM trains church leaders in discipleship and mission. 3DM leaders have trained NCCUMC District Superintendents and many Conference pastors.
Announcement from the Conference Transition Team:
The Conference Transition Team and Office of the Bishop are pleased to announce the names of persons who who will serve in the new positions of the Assistant to the District Superintendent in the NC Conference. These positions are effective July 1, 2012 but some of the assistants will begin work in mid-June in order to assist in the transition after annual conference.
- Beacon District – Ms. Judith Bowman
- Capital District – Ms. Claire Cox-Woodlief
- Corridor District – Rev. Judi Smith
- Fairway District – Ms. LouAnn Allred
- Gateway District – Rev. Kelly Barr
- Harbor District – Mr. Pat Litzinger
- Heritage District – Rev. David Hollowell
- Sound District – Mr. Ed Mann
All positions have been confirmed with the exception of the Sound District. This position is still under consideration and the name of the person to fill this position for the Sound District will be announced as soon as it is determined. Please join the Transition Team and Office of the Bishop in welcoming each of these persons to the ministry of the districts of the North Carolina Conference and also be in prayer to support and encourage all of these persons, as well as the District Superintendents, as they begin to live into this transition.
From the Conference Transition Team:
New District Superintendent, Linda Taylor, shares about her experience in a discipleship huddle and her hope for the North Carolina Conference moving forward into the new paradigm.
The NC Conference District Transition Team is pleased to introduce two new district administrative staff.
The district receptionist and administrative assistant, Rachel Oakes, has already begun work with the NC Conference working to fill in for a conference staff person who is out on medical leave. She will transition to full-time district work as of June 6.
The new district administrative coordinator, Lou Jennings, will begin work on June 1. These two administrative positions will assist districts as part of a centralized support team for the eight district superintendents and assistants to the superintendents.
The superintendent and assistant positions will work remotely through a virtual office interface in order to provide more opportunity to be in local churches instead of a physical office location.
The centralized support team will assist the superintendents and assistants through the coordination of phone calls, email, websites, correspondence with churches, and other various administrative functions.
Please join the Transition Team in providing a warm welcome to Rachel and Lou!