District Dialogue Training Event Number 3 Grace Chapel UMC (Granite Falls)
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Grace Chapel United Methodist Church
4336 Grace Chapel Road
Granite Falls, NC 28630

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Katie Hutton

Time Sensitive: District Dialogues with the District Superintendent - 2018
As a part of our charge conference process, we will once again hold the District Dialogues during the Charge Conference season. The theme and focus for this year is: “Setting a Bigger Table.” These Dialogues will be scheduled throughout the District in order to make them accessible for all the churches of our district. Pastors and a team from their churches are expected to attend one (1) of the District Dialogues. We welcome this time together as an opportunity for churches to be in conversation with each other and to share ideas that they have found effective in reaching more people with the life-transforming love of Jesus Christ. Here is the framework for our time together during the District Dialogues.
There will be four (4) District Dialogue gatherings scattered across the District on Sunday afternoons from the latter part of September through October.
  • Pastors, this part is critical. Please be sure to choose 2-3 people from your church to attend with you who are passionate and/or have a deep desire to reach out to others and bring them into a relationship with Christ. You should also include one or two persons from your Administrative Council/Leadership teams. However, anyone is welcome and invited to attend.
  • We will be sharing ideas around reaching others in our immediate neighborhoods and communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ and how to become comfortable being witnesses for Christ to others. 
  • We will explore what really has to take place before we are able to build a solid and vibrant connection and relationship with our neighbors in order to inspire them to consider becoming a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ and connect with our churches.
  • At the District Dialogues, the church teams, along with their pastors, will all meet together for the mutual benefit of sharing from our churches and the discussion of the planned topic of the day. There will also be time for each church team to have discussions among themselves.
  • In order for the District Dialogues to be effective and productive, some advanced preparation will be necessary. Please read the accompanying attachment for the instructions on how to prepare for the District Dialogues. This preparation will require an investment of time. It is recommended that you begin your preparation at least 4-6 weeks in advance of the convening of the District Dialogue your church chooses to attend.
  • The completion of the instructions provided in the attachment will provide the groundwork for learning how to create new relationships with people who do not yet know Christ as their Lord. We will also focus upon developing an exciting, fulfilling and life-giving approach to sharing with others our stories of how Christ has made a difference in our lives. This time of preparation can be an exciting and eye-opening experience.  Make it fun for your church! Involve as many people as you can to be a part of the preparation experience. Even before you attend one of the District Dialogues, you will immediately begin to see the impact the preparations can have on your church and their promising potential for reaching others with the life-changing love of Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions on how to complete the actions described in the accompanying attachment, please contact our District Church Vitality Strategist, Rev. Gloria Hughes at GHughes@wnccumc.net or 704-438-2840.

With several District Dialogues being scheduled throughout the District, we believe that every pastor and a team from their church should be able to find one that allows them to attend one. If you are unable to attend a District Dialogue, you must contact me directly to let me know.
I am looking forward to seeing you and members of your church’s team at one of the scheduled District Dialogues.
We will be holding District Dialogues in 4 different locations spread throughout our District. Pastors are expected to attend one of these meetings with a Leadership Team from your Church.
Registration begins at 2:30 PM. Event starts at 3:00 PM and will end around 5:00 PM
Dates and locations of the District Dialogue Events will be as follows:                                                                         
1.    September 30, 2018- Pisgah UMC (Hiddenite) 488 Hill Farm Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
2.    October 7, 2018- FaithBridge UMC (Blowing Rock) 194 Aho Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.
3.    October 14, 2018-Grace Chapel UMC (Granite Falls) 4336 Grace Chapel Road, Granite Falls, NC 28630.
4.    October 28, 2018- West Jefferson UMC (West Jefferson) 107 West 2nd Street, West Jefferson, NC 28694
Attached Files

2018 district dialogues preparation instructions 2.docx

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