WNCC Fellowship of Local Pastor and Associate Members.
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Our annual meeting is held during Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska each year.
Western North Carolina Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members
Purpose and Covenant
Local Pastors pertaining to Sacramental Privileges and Weddings per Bishop Leeland's interpretation of The Book of Discipline paragraph 316.1. This is now the Local Pastors guideline:
"A local pastor has ministerial authority within the bounds of his/her appointment. This includes the physical location and the members/constituents of the appointment. A local pastor can do a wedding for a member of the church or someone related to the ministry setting. In the same way, sacramental authority is limited to these same boundaries. A local pastor may take Holy Communion to the hospital or shut-ins. A baptism may be done in a nearby lake or river. A local pastor may not do a college roommate or family member's wedding unless they are a member of the church or the wedding is performed on the church property. When uncertain, consult with the district superintendent."
The other change is the "Local Pastors can serve as an assistant spiritual director on a Walk to Emmaus of other fourth-day community." This language is different in that before there was only "a Local Pastor may not serve as a the spiritual director" and no reference to "assistant."
Congratulations on being a 2016 Licensed Local Pastor! We pray God's blessings on your ministry and journey. You are now a member of The Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members and we welcome you. If we can ever assist you, please let us know. You can contact us here.
Blessings, Sue Anne Morris, Chair.
Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age
Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age is an online course offered by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. It explores issues of clergy ethics in an era of instantaneous, electronic communication. It helps spiritual leaders stay healthy and attentive to appropriate boundaries in the midst of new challenges.