In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.
There are over 400 different soils in North Carolina and I’ve managed to kill plants in all 400! I deeply admire those who can take a bit of red clay and turn it into a lush, living place in which plants, flowers, and vegetables thrive. As a struggling gardener, I rely heavily on tools and products designed to enhance my gardening skills and improve the yield of my garden. But even master gardeners take advantage of a well-stocked, robust garden tool shed to nurture and grow a bountiful harvest of colorful, thriving life.
With thoughts like these, the Board of Cooperative Ministries emerged from our first planning retreat with a clearer understanding of our role as “the tool shed in the garden” that is the Moravian Church, Southern Province.
We’ve spent a lot of time during the past two years building that tool shed, and have made great progress with the hiring of an Executive Director, Director of Congregational Ministry & Resources, and Administrative Assistant. We continue in the call process for our Director of Youth, College, and Young Adult Ministries, a critical element of our ministry. Please pray for continued guidance and clarity for all involved in this process.
We gathered at Laurel Ridge for a short but ambitious retreat in late August to get to know one another better, to develop a shared picture of who we are and what we do, and to take action! We began the process of stocking that tool shed. The fruits of much of our labor are summarized below:
Who We Are & What We Do
The Board of Cooperative Ministries engages and supports congregations and Regional Conferences of Churches (RCCs) in their ministries as together we grow in faith, love and hope, following Jesus in serving the world.
The BCM was established as part of the Southern Province restructuring approved in 2009. It is made up of clergy and lay members in the Southern Province, including representatives from the 13 RCCs, the president of the Provincial Elders’ Conference and members appointed by the PEC. The BCM is organized into Ministry Teams responsible for education and spiritual formation; advocacy and mission; leadership development and support; communications and outreach; and planning and development.
How We Do It
The Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) Builds, Connects, and Mobilizes Moravians to live out our faith! We create, empower, transform, connect, support, mobilize, question, invite, worship, serve, pray, engage, collaborate, nurture, relate, build.
What does “Growing in Faith, Love, & Hope” look like?
We BUILD Moravians through:
We CONNECT Moravians through:
We MOBILIZE Moravians through:
The Board of Cooperative Ministries looks forward to growing with you, your congregations and Regional Conferences in faith, love, and hope.
To learn more about the Southern Province Board of Cooperative Ministries, visit www.moravianbcm.org.
Ruth Cole Burcaw is Executive Director of the Southern Province Board of Cooperative Ministries. Photos courtesy of BCM.
Day of Pentecost
Watchword for the Week – For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Romans 8:14
Sunday, May 19 – Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34,35b
Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17,(25-27)
They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass. Psalm 106:20
Peter said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
Come, Holy Spirit, come. Renew us with your grace. Empower us with your gifts. Fill us with your joy. Come, Holy Spirit, come! Amen.
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Count Zinzendorf speaks once again in this collection of sermons preached during his sojourn in Pennsylvania in the 1740s. These sermons, translated by Craig Atwood and Julie Tomberlin Weber, will touch your heart as they did those who heard them more than 250 years ago.