Conversation with Robert Jones

Sunday, March 12

WaterRock Institute & The Blue Ridge District invite you and your congregation to

A Conversation with Robert Jones, Ph.D.,

Author of The End of White Christian America

on Sunday, March 12 at Covenant Community Church, 11 Rocket Drive, Asheville. Check-in is at 2:45 pm;
the Program begins at 3 pm.

Dr. Jones is a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics. He is frequently featured in major national media such as CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Drawing on more than four decades of data, Dr. Jones will discuss findings related to the changing status of what has been our nation’s dominant model of church. We will have the opportunity to dialogue about the findings, potential consequences, and strategies.

Registration will open soon (we will alert you via email).  The cost is only $10.

Pastors, please SAVE THE DATE – March 12 – and help to spread the word by including this event in your church bulletin and newsletter.

We look forward to your presence with us!

Location: Covenant Community UMC

Webpage and directions:

Registration Form to download and mail: click here.

Fall Gatherings Information


Notices of the Fall Gatherings to print.

Fall Gatherings by Network:

  • McDowell Network: First Marion
    Sunday October 2, 2016 @ 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Mitchell/Yancey Networks: Spruce Pine
    Sunday, October 9, 2016 @ 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Madison/North Buncombe Network: Christ-Weaverville
    Sunday, October 9, 2016 @ 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Rutherford/Polk Networks: First Rutherfordton
    Sunday, October 23, 2016 @3:00-4:30 pm
  • Asheville Urban/Swannanoa Fairview Networks: Groce
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 @3:00-4:30 pm
  • Henderson/S. Buncombe-NW Henderson/Transylvania Networks: First Hendersonville
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 @ 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Hominy Valley/Leicester Community Networks: Francis Asbury
    Sunday, November 13, 2016 @ 3:00-4:30 pm

Ending Family Violence Training in Asheville

Friends – thank you for your leadership in building faith communities that help prevent domestic violence in our community.  The national organization, Faith Trust Institute, will host a day long regional training to help churches protect victims, prevent harm and respond effectively to domestic violence on October 15th. Please plan to attend this training and share the invitation with colleagues.

Registration closes October 3rd! A special thanks to Jane Morrow who has worked to bring Faith Trust here to Asheville to continue to grow our community’s work in preventing domestic violence.

A flyer is attached and there are more details here:

“FaithTrust Institute and InFaith Community Foundation are offering a groundbreaking training to infuse faith communities with the tools and knowledge they need to address domestic violence, and other forms of family violence, in Asheville, NC. Safe and Healthy Churches: Ending Family Violence Training focuses on educating a team within each church community, to create a core leadership with a shared mission of preventing violence, supporting victims and holding perpetrators accountable. The 2016 training is gathering churches from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The regional approach is part of an ongoing effort to create a broad-based response to the issues, and build an ecumenical network for education, training, support, and activism within and amongst the churches.”


DATE: Saturday, October 15, 2016

LOCATION: MAHEC Campus, 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC

This one-day training, offered by InFaith Community Foundation and facilitated by FaithTrust Institute, is designed to help Christian pastors and lay leaders understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence on individuals, the church and the community. It also highlights protocols to protect victims, prevent future harm, and respond effectively and sensitively to victims/survivors, their families, and abusers. Churches from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia are invited to apply.

Safe Sanctuaries Training

safe-sanctary-training-poster Safe Sanctuaries Re-certification Training on Sunday, October 2nd, from 4:00-6:30pm

Family Life Center at Montmorenci UMC.

This will be an opportunity for all of the churches in the area to update their Safe Sanctuaries training, as well as a good time to gather together as a community.

Potluck Dinner. Bring a dish to share.
The training will be lead by the Reverend David Warren. Please inform of your volunteers who work with children, and try to attend, if possible.

We will also offer a  CPR training that day at 2:00pm. We understand this would make for a long day, but if you or some of your volunteers would like CPR training, it will be a great opportunity to get all of your training done in one day!

Please announce this opportunity to your parishioners, and use the poster attached, if you would like.

Poster to download and print

District Committee on Ordained Ministry Meeting

Blue Ridge dCOM Meeting
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Blue Ridge District Office for the following:

  • Candidates for provisional membership and associate membership
  • Candidates for certification who have gone through the fall candidacy program
  • Seminary students who desire to be continued as candidates.

Lay Servant Training

Blue Ridge District Lay Servant Ministry Training
Saturdays October 1st and 8th, 2016 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Black Mountain UMC
Registration deadline: September 21, 2016

The following courses will be offered:

  • Leading Worship
  • Go Preach


Black Mountain United Methodist Church

Safe Sanctuaries

Safe Sanctuaries Re-certification Training
Montmorenci UMC
October 2, 2016, 4:00-6:00, Family Life Center.