Duke Grant to Support Young Adult Engagement for Rural NC Churches

The North Carolina Conference Office of Connectional Ministries has received a 2014-15 grant from The Duke Endowment to equip rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina to engage the young adults living in their mission field.  Up to 30 UM churches are invited to participate in a year of training and coaching. The grant provides a subsidy, but each participating church will be expected to contribute financially to the cost of the year long relationship as an important indicator of leadership commitment.

baptism_39The grant was developed in partnership with the Blue Ridge District in Western North Carolina, and Steve James of Griffith Coaching.  Over the last ten years, Steve interviewed hundreds of young adults in UM churches about the key practices that contributed to them finding a trusted UM church. He has put this into a training and coaching regimen that provides doable steps for churches.

Training will include:

  • Direct testimony from active young adults
  • Practical ways they can reach and grow young adults
  • Develop a customized action plan to follow
  • Each church to be involved in a “coaching cluster” that lasts one year

To inquire about participating as a local church team, contact Steve James steve@goseelove.org or Carol Goehring cgoehring@nccumc.org.  Information and registration materials will be available soon on the North Carolina Conference web site.  To learn more about the training and coaching relationship, visit www.goseelove.org/yd/

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