Bishops Leeland and Ward promote Teacher Appreciation Week

 

Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace in the name of Jesus Christ. May 7 - 13 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  We United Methodists are deeply committed to our children and public schools and engage with them energetically through Congregations for Children (C4C).  We will be eager to express gratitude to all who teach in our public schools. Across North Carolina we support the teaching profession by urging wages commensurate with the high value we place on the value of teachers to our society and providing strong administrative support. Methodists have historically been advocates for education for all children.  Methodist Churches in 18th century England and on the American frontier were most likely to be centers for literacy and health education. We believe that a strong public school system is a means of securing a hopeful future for all children.  Only with equal access do we have equal opportunity.  In addition to granting equal access, public schools offer a unique framework for our children to get to know others across racial and socio-economic lines. Please join the strong connection of United Methodist people across the state reaching out to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. We call on our state legislators to demonstrate their commitment to improving the quality of life and education in North Carolina by increasing teacher compensation to the national average and adequately funding our public schools.  We also urge you to be an advocate for teachers and public education in your community. In all of these ways, we will show our neighbors our deep commitment to the children of our state and to those who teach them. In gratitude for our partnership in Christ's ministry, [table id=8 /]

Resources for Vital Congregations

 

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources

eLEAD

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians

DISCIPLE FORMATION:

Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations

WESLEYAN STUDIES:

Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology

REACHING PEOPLE:

Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging

RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:

Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children

GRANTS:

The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment

 

 

 

 

 

 

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