Brian Mateer Joins Conference Staff


We are pleased to announce that Brian Mateer is joining the conference staff as Associate Director of Missional Engagement.  Brian has served as Director of Missions at Providence UMC in the Metro district as well as team leader for the Missional Engagement team on the Connectional Table.  Brian will work under the direction of Caroline Wood and in the Missional Engagement area of our conference.  He will be coordinating mission partnerships and relationships, supporting mission efforts in districts and among the individual churches, coordinating mission connection teams, developing missions with young people and providing oversight of the Mission Response Center as Dwaine Morgan will be moving into retirement at the end of 2019. Brian is married to Amy and they have four daughters, Mackenzie, Kylie, Madie and Katelyn.  Join us in welcoming Brian! Reach him at or 704-714-2340.

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


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


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


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

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

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


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


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment







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