WNCC Elders’ Retreat

Holiness and the Renewal of Ministry

Lake Junaluska, N.C.

September 16, 2013 to September 18, 2013

Overview

This annual gathering, which alternates between a "day apart" and a multi-day retreat, is an opportunity to celebrate the connection of elders in the Western North Carolina Conference.

The theme for this year’s retreat is “Holiness and the Renewal of Ministry.” In a series of four presentations, Rev. Dr. Jason E. Vickers will help us to contemplate the nature of God’s holiness, to think about where and how we encounter God’s holiness, and to reflect on how we become holy.  In his concluding presentation, Dr. Vickers will contend that we can find tremendous freedom in holiness – a freedom that can bring about our renewal and the renewal of our ministries. 

Bishop Larry Goodpaster and the conference’s Order of Elders hope that you will set aside these days to remember your call, share in fellowship with each other, and be renewed. 

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Agenda

Monday, September 16

1:30 p.m. Gathering
2:00 Opening worship: Bishop Goodpaster, preaching
3:00 Break
3:15 Session I
Contemplating God’s Holiness, The Rev. Dr. Jason Vickers, presenting Scripture: Exodus 15:11; Hosea 11:9
4:30 Small group conversations
5:30 Break for dinner
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening worship

 

Tuesday, September 17

9:00 a.m. Morning worship
9:30 Session II
Encountering God’s Holiness, The Rev. Dr. Jason Vickers, presenting Scripture: Exodus 19:23; Deuteronomy 4:12; Isaiah 6:5
10:30 Break
10:45 Holy Conversation: A Time of Reflection with Bishop Goodpaster and The Rev. Dr. Jason Vickers
11:45 Break for lunch
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 Session III
Becoming Holy, The Rev. Dr. Jason Vickers, presenting Scripture: Leviticus. 11:45; Numbers 16:46
3:00 Session IV
Sabbath rest
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening worship
7:30 Optional evening activity

 

Wednesday, September 18

9:00 a.m. Morning worship
9:30 Session V
Finding Freedom in Holiness, The Rev. Dr. Jason Vickers, presenting Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:17
10:45 Closing Worship: Bishop Goodpaster, preaching
12:00 Lunch

The Rev. Dr. Jason Vickers is Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. An elder in the Western North Carolina Conference, he is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Sermons of John Wesley: A Collection for the Christian Journey (2013), The Cambridge Companion to American Methodism (2013), Minding the Good Ground: A Theology for Church Renewal (2012), The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (2010), and Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed (2009). Vickers is also the current President of the Wesleyan Theological Society and a member of the Faith and Order Committee of the United Methodist Church. 

All elders in the Western North Carolina Conference are invited to participate. Registration includes all meals, retreat materials, and participation in plenary sessions.  Two continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded for attending the full event.

Registration fee:  $150

Accommodations

At this time, lodging will be in the Terrace Hotel. You will have the opportunity to reserve a private room ($200) or a shared room ($128) as part of your registration. 

Cancellation Policy

All event fees are non-refundable.

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Contact

The 2013 Elders’ Retreat is coordinated by:

  • Shannon Conklin-Miller, Director
  • Rebecca Hymes-Smith, Program Coordinator, (919) 613-5346

Should you have additional questions about this event, please contact our office at (919) 613-5323 or events@div.duke.edu.