Yadkin Valley District Newsletter - February 5, 2020

posted on February 06







Explore Summer Internship

Application Deadline Extended until
March 1, 2020

The Explore Summer Internship exists to help young adults (18-25 years old) discern their call to vocational ministry by providing an environment for exploring their gifts and giving the intern opportunities to explore particular aspects of ministry and/or program development in a safe and encouraging environment.
The internship is a hands-on experience in a church setting or a church affiliated organization. Interns engage in a broad range of ministerial work and/or program development then reflect on their experiences. Interns are not meant to fill a certain hole in the ministerial staff, they are to be given opportunities to experience the full breadth of pastoral ministry; to discover, dream, develop and deliver, to learn by doing as well as by observing and discussing.
The Intern Application, Selection & Assignment Process
Candidates for the Explore Internship Program are selected based on their written application. After selecting the interns, the Explore Internship selection committee places them based on ministry setting preference, previous experience, the makeup and setting of the host congregation and the prayer/discernment of the selection team. This team does its best to make pairings that will be beneficial and life-giving to the intern, the clergy mentor and host congregation/organization. 
Internship Schedule for 2020
Friday, November 15: Application Opens
Sunday, March 1: Application Deadline
Saturday, February 1: Applicants contacted to schedule a ZOOM interview
Monday, May 18: Intern/Mentor Orientation from 10:00-2:00 at the WNCC Office in Huntersville, NC
Tuesday, May 19: First day of Internship
Thursday, June 11: Support Team Meeting from 10:00-2:00. Location TBD
Thursday, July 9: Support Team Meeting from 10:00-2:00. Location TBD
Sunday, July 26:  Last day of Internship
***The Intern is expected to begin and end on the dates listed above and is expected to serve in the location she/he is assigned for the duration of the 10 weeks. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, interns will not be excused to participate in mission trips with other groups, take vacation, etc. Any exceptions should be determined in conversation with the clergy mentor and Rev. Annalee Allen.
Funding for Explore
Each intern will receive a $3,000 stipend paid by the WNC Conference.  A payroll packet will be completed during orientation and a blank check must be provided for direct deposit. Housing will be provided by Host Congregation/Organization.
Application deadline is March 1st, 2020.
For more information contact:  Rev. Annalee Allen at aallen@wnccumc.org
Use this link to submit an application 




FREE!  Grant Writing for Beginners Workshops!

Are you in need of grant money for a project or program but don’t know where to start? Have you been spinning your wheels trying to figure out what funders are really asking of you?
If so, this practical, hands-on workshop is for you! We’ll walk you through the process from beginning to end—from finding funding and cultivating funders, to the nuts and bolts of writing a winning proposal. You’ll leave feeling more confident in your ability to sustain your program through the various grants available in North Carolina.
Please visit the following link to view the agenda. http://bit.ly/313icha 

At the conclusion of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Identify where to look for funding and how their project relates to funder priorities.
  • Know the basics of funder cultivation.
  • Create a basic project budget.
  • Understand fundamentals of program evaluation.

Eastern NC – March 12, 2020
Southeastern Ag Events Center
1027 US 74 Alt.
Lumberton, NC
10:00 am -3:30 pm
Visit https://gwlumberton.eventbrite.com to register!
Registration ends: March 6, 2020
Western NC – March 24, 2020
Morganton Community House
120 N. King Street
Morganton, NC
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Visit https://gwmorganton.eventbrite.com to register!
Registration ends:  March 13, 2020

FREE!   However, pre-registration is required for all participants! Please register for the workshop closest to where you live. 

Snacks and Lunch will be provided.

Overnight lodging is NOT offered for this event.

You may submit one (1) per car! Recipients of the mileage allowance are now required to submit an IRS form W-9 with the allowance form.  Forms will be provided on site.

This workshop is provided through the generous support from the following:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
K B Reynolds Foundation
Oak Foundation
The Duke Endowment


Please let us know if you find this new newsletter format to be helpful or useful.  It is still a work in progress and we want to make it as user-friendly as possible.

Kara Miller
District Administrator



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