Means of Grace: Good Stewards of God's Creation


Good Stewards of God's Creation - Episode No. 20

Genesis 1: 26 - Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.”

In this episode of The Means of Grace Podcast, Kim and Jesse talk with three Western North Carolina Conference Earth Keepers about their passion for the stewardship of God’s creation. Jonathan Brake, pastor of Woodmont UMC in Reidsville; Bill Garrard, retired UM clergy, and Kim Richmond; a member at Maple Springs UMC in Winston-Salem, share with us their journeys in which they have embraced the work of creation care. They share ideas for individuals, families, churches, and communities through which we can “care” for the resources in which God has entrusted us.

Show Notes - Episode 20

United Methodist Social Principles:

United Methodist Creation Justice: United Methodists Believe about Creation Care:

The General Board of Church and Society offers resources about clean water, climate justice, food justice, sustainability and more:

Earth Keepers:

United Methodist Women resources:

Ideas for a local church:

Faith-Based Organizations related to the care of creationInterfaith Power and Light:

Creation Care Alliance of WNC:



Resources for Vital Congregations



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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