3 Associations. 1 Strong Conference
The Southern Conference represents a diverse community of nearly 200 churches that trace their roots to the earliest days of our nation and the Congregational, Christian, and Evangelical & Reformed traditions.
Eastern North Carolina Association
Eastern Virginia Association
Western North Carolina Association
Paying Forward With The Gift of Thanksgiving
Written by Belinda Sledge
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)
Burlington, NC -- On the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving, as staff were preparing to close the Southern Conference office for the holiday, the doorbell rang. Our first thought was "who would be coming by?" Little did we know it would be someone who came to answer our cry for the gift of Thanksgiving. Reverend Phil Myers, pastor of First Reformed UCC in Burlington, NC, stepped in the door and said, "We received your letter and understand you could use a little help." There he stood with a check for $1000 in addition to monies that the church had planned to send by the end of the year. Reverend Weathers, Eastern North Carolina Minister of Church Affairs, as he stood in awe said with a smile, "Ask and it shall be given." It was then we discovered the true meaning of "Ye, have not, because ye ask not" (James 4:2).
At the end of October, each church received a letter asking for a contribution in the amount of $1000 or more in addition to the regular amount that was already budgeted to be sent to the Southern Conference by December 31st (the close of the fiscal year) for Covenant Support (Our Churches Wider Mission). We asked that congregations send the additional amount by December 11th. To date we have received over $4000 in response to our "ask." Our goal is $70,000 in additional support before year end.
The Retiring of Rev. Jerry Rhyne, Minister of Church Affairs for the Western North Carolina Association
It is with deep appreciation and sadness that we celebrate the retirement of Rev. Jerry Rhyne, Minister of Church Affairs for the Western North Carolina Association effective December 31, 2017. Rev. Rhyne served the Association faithfully. His tireless efforts and his diligent service will truly be missed. Rev. Rhyne will be spending more time in the care and support of his dear spouse, Rev. Marion Rhyne. The Southern Conference will be forever grateful for his service to its pastors, churches and institutions. Rev. Rhyne will continue into the New Year in a support role during this time of transition. Let us continue to hold the Ryne family in our prayers.
"Building a stronger Southern Conference, by working together in faith, trust, and love"
Rev. Dr. Edward Smith Davis Conference Minister
Important News from National Disaster Interfaiths Network
New Leadership Development Institute Online
“Training, Educating, and Developing Leadership in the 21st Century”
At the response to the educational needs within the Southern Conference, the Southern Conference Board of Directors confirmed the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) as a “Ministry of the Southern Conference” at its February 2016 board meeting.
The Southern Conference will hold programs and trainings, not only in person, but Zoom presentations via the Southern Conference innovative website (soc-ucc.org).
We are committed to equipping clergy, laity, and youth with practical skills and training that will contribute to building the kingdom of God and the beloved community through faith, hope and love as we seek to empower leaders within our local churches.
The Leadership Development Institute new programs and trainings will begin in December of 2017. Come grow with us!