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NCD July 2019 Newsletter


In the District


Greetings from the District Superintendent


Dear Pastors and Leaders,

Today the new appointment year begins—whether there has been a change in pastoral leadership or not. It’s a perfect time to reflect upon the year ahead, the mission and vision of not only your local congregation but also that of the mission and vision of all the UM churches in your location and how we are vitally connected in ministry with each other.

Consider these words in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

(Ephesians 1:22-23)


These words ground us in the reason and purpose for our existence—Christ is our head, over everything that we call church and we are to be the ‘em-body-ment,’ to be filled with Christ in every way for he is a part of us as we are a part of him. How might you as pastors and leaders reflect upon the power of these words that they might become reality within your own congregations and the motivating force for transformations in your contexts and communities? How will those not yet in your churches recognize Christ in you and your ministries? My prayer for you all in this coming year is that you would recognize the Christ among you and be Christ to others in your life together. It will make all the difference!

I encourage you to reach out to those pastors who will be moving into their new churches and parsonages throughout the district. You will find the pastors and churches listed below. Give them a call, invite them to lunch, pray for them! Do this because we are part of a larger connection. Do this because together we ARE the body of Christ! As Christ, our head, has welcomed you, so we welcome others!

Blessings be with you and your ministry together!


New Appoinments:

Anthony & Pine - Kelly Everling 

Belleview  - Shawn O'Trimble

Community, Fruitland Park - Associate Pastor CJ Hill 

First Hudson - Kent Crow

Floral City - Joyce Dunne

Hall Chapel  - Peggy Tuggerson

Mariner - Samuel Maihack 

New Covenant, The Villages - Deacon Ellen Pollock 

Spring Lake, Brooksville - Frank Reynolds

Moving in the district: 

Bronson & First Archer - Jeffrey Ice

Lowell Correctional Institution - Kris Schonewolf 

Melrose - Myra Monroe Carr

Southwest - Shane McIntosh

Trinity - Associate Pastor - Ben Richards


A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children 







June 27, 2019 | ATLANTA

Photo: REUTERS/Adria Malcolm

In light of the recent news about children in U.S. government holding facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has received numerous requests to respond. We have heard the plea for action from the church. Unfortunately, the facilities in question are managed in such a way that precludes even UMCOR’s assistance. Access to these government facilities is extremely limited.

As the arm of The United Methodist Church mandated to cultivate and promote mission, the General Board of Global Ministries offers tools to use as you confront the frustration and helplessness that this situation evokes. While this particular case is in the U.S., we recognize that migration is a global issue and the breadth and depth of our Global Migration programming at UMCOR and Global Ministries reflects that fact. 

Please click here to read more. 




What is Re-Missioning and How Could it Help Your Church?

In May 2012, my wife, Jill, and our blended family of eight children visited the church we would be serving that July. Wildwood United Methodist Church of Wildwood, Florida. Our family of ten nearly doubled the congregation that first Sunday! This was not a vibrant season in the life of our church. Although the congregation has existed on the same property for almost 140 years, an initial door-to-door canvas of the surrounding neighborhood revealed that residents living within visual proximity did not know of Wildwood UMC.

Today, like many traditional churches we hold two different worship services on Sunday. We also have an additional third service of our sister church, God’s Glory Ministries Inc. We share our space and partner in various ways with this African-American congregation in the Pentecostal stream. This is quite remarkable, being that Wildwood was founded in 1881 as a Methodist Episcopal South congregation (a denomination resulting from the split over slavery in 1844). Wildwood looks very different these days. More and more, we are blending our two church families together; this is a sign of Jesus’ resurrection power at work.

Please click here to read more. 352-203-7258







Lay Servant training prepares the laity to be in ministry through caring, communication, and leadership. 

North Central District - Lay Servants Training Event

August 3rd, 2019

8:00 am to 6:00 pm 

Location: New Covenant UMC - Lake Deaton Campus

6500 Wesleyan Way (Formerly CR 143)

Wildwood, FL 34785

Registration Deadline: July 23rd, 2019

Please click here for courses information and Registration Form. 
NOTE: Lay Servant certification expires after three years.


Questions? Contact Walter Dry - North Central District Lay Servant Ministry Coordinator at


Fall Clergy Meeting
August 27 - Nueva Vida Central Ocala 

 North Central District Fall Clergy Meeting will be August 27 at Nueva Vida Central UMC, Ocala.

 Nueva Vida Central (1712 SE Lake Weir Ave, Ocala, FL 34471).

All  clergy in the local church are expected to attend. If you are not able to attend, email Rev.                                                    JuneEdwards ( and request to be excused. 


9:30 am - noon
Lunch - Optional
12 pm - 1pm 
Click HERE  to register.


The North Central District is glad to announce Rev. Michael Beck's first book on Fresh Expression entitled,  

Deep Roots, Wild Branches: Revitalizing the Church in the Blended Ecology 


Churches around the world are discovering that revitalization comes when we get back to our roots.  

The book is available at the District office for $10.00 and $2.00 for shipping and handling.

You may purchase directly from the district office, calling at 352-789-6981, please make checks payable to North Central District.  Or, click here to order online.


7 Suggestions for Welcoming New Pastors

By  On Leading Ideas

Barry Howard outlines ways a congregation can prepare spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally for the arrival of a new pastor to make the most of a new beginning.

Please click here to read more. 

Around the Conference and Beyond


2019 Annual Conference Highlights
On Mission Together


Click HERE for the Lay Member Summary Report.
Click HERE for 2019 Annual Conference Videos.
Click HERE for the AC2019 webpage. 
Click HERE to purchase a hard copy of the AC2019 Journal. The deadline to order is July 31, 2019. It will be available as a free download once it is printed.

Congratulations to all the NCD Clergy who were Licensed, Commissioned and Ordained!

Local Pastor
Myra Monroe Carr - Melrose

Izzie Williams - Free Canaan

Calvin Durden - New Hope Citra

Shannon Harris - St. John's Cotton Plant 

Full Deacon
Ellen Pollock - New Covenant, The Villages

Kristyne Young - New Covenant 

Full Elder

Stacey Spence - First Hawthorne and Sparr


Important dates in the United Methodist Church

General Conference ♦ May 5-15, 2020 ♦ Minneapolis, MN
Annual Conference ♦ June 4-6, 2020 ♦ Florida Southern College, Lakeland
Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference ♦ July 15-18, 2020 ♦ Lake Junaluska, NC
Annual Conference ♦ June 10-12, 2021 ♦ Lakeland


Bishop Carter's Invitation to 2020 Holy Land Trip

Clergy and laity are invited to join Bishop Ken Carter for 10 days in the Holy Land, departing February 4, 2020. You will walk the shores of the Sea of Galilee, study the scriptures in the synagogue in Capernaum, pray on the Mount of Beatitudes and renew your baptism at the Jordan River. 

Click HERE for more information and registration. Click HERE to download the brochure.

Renfro Trust Fund Grant

The Renfro Trust Fund awards annual bricks-and-mortar grants to small rural United Methodist congregations in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.

The Renfro grant, if you are not familiar with it, “is for the purpose of establishing and supporting United Methodist churches in rural areas of the United States within the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. The term “rural areas” shall be interpreted to mean towns of less than 10,000, villages, and open country. Situations described as unusual and challenging and for which insufficient funds are available from other local sources shall be considered as eligible for grants from the Renfro Trust Fund.  Grants will be considered for projects involving new or existing church buildings only, not for parsonages. Repairs required to maintain the structural integrity or soundness of the church building may be included as part of a request. Major equipment directly related to the overall project may be included in a request. Grants will not be awarded for general maintenance on a church building or equipment. Grants for debt reduction will not be considered.  The maximum amount for each grant shall be $5,000.00. Funds are awarded as grants, not as loans.”
The processing and administering of the Renfro Grant is with the SEJ CSGMs (Conference Secretaries of Global Ministries). The Florida Conference deadline for the Renfro application is July 29 and applications should be sent to Icel Rodriguez.  Questions? Contact Icel Rodriguez or 800-282-8011 x346.

Please download both of these documents.  Renfro Trust Guideline 2019 and Florida Renfro Trust Application Form 2019
NOTE: The Florida Renfro Trust Applicaiton form MUST be received by Icel Rodriguez by July 29.

Festival of Wisdom and Grace
Beyond 50 Ministries
August 5-8 - Lake Junaluska, NC

How do we grow deeper roots in our faith,  turning our age into an asset as we cultivate spiritual maturity and strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ? How do we become the disciples Jesus called us to be?

"Growing Deeper Roots" is the theme and it promises to be a great experience with a lineup of insightful and inspiring speakers, including Richard Gentzler author of "An Age of Opportunity: Intentional Ministry by, with, and for Older Adults." In addition there will be workshops, entertainment, worship, special events, and outings. Yet the pure blessing of the conference is the opportunity to enjoy the scenic North Carolina scenery for a time of rest and relaxation. Join others in the second half of life for a time of inspirational and renewal in the mountains of North Carolina. 

Click on the following promotional items: FWG Poster FWG Brochure
Click HERE to go to the Festival of Wisdom and Grace website.


Clergy Day Apart
September 17 - Lakeland

Clergy, mark your calendars for a clergy day apart with Bishop Carter on Tuesday, September 17, from 10:00am - 3:30pm in Lakeland. We will not hold regional gatherings this year, so this is your chance to spend time with Bishop Carter, who will speak about resiliency in the midst of our changing context. We hope all clergy will plan to attend.


Warren Willis United Methodist Camp and Conference Center

At the start of 2017, the Life Enrichment Center and Warren Willis Camp merged into one site offering sacred space in Fruitland Park. This marriage has been an involved process, and the need was clear for a name that reflected the connectedness. This year, the board approved the new name:

Warren Willis United Methodist Camp and Conference Center

In addition to the new name, they have a new logo for this united ministry. The Cross on the Lake has been an iconic image of camping ministry on these grounds and is a great space to view each morning's sunrise. The cross was rebuilt last year after sustaining heavy damage from Hurricane Irma. The new-and-improved cross pictured here is a contemporary update of this historic symbol. The shape of the letters are meant to invoke the waters of Lake Griffin, and the leaf symbolizes the many trees that adorn the property. Guests of the Life Enrichment Center have long celebrated the Live Oak trees around the property and sunsets on the lake. This new logo represents decades of spiritual growth that has occurred in these spaces, and it points toward a bright future for the camp and conference center.

A new website and new marketing materials will be coming soon!

Summer Youth Events at Lake Junaluska

Bring your youth group to Lake Junaluska this summer for worship, spiritual growth and adventure in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Every event includes energized worship with great speakers and bands, small groups, vespers and workshops. Youth also can choose to participate in mission projects and recreational activities such as rafting, ziplining or swimming. Find more information at
Event 1: June 15-19 – Rev. Andy Lambert with Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups and a talent show, outdoor movie and Sunday morning worship in Stuart Auditorium

Event 6: July 10-14 – Rev. Kevin Wright with Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups and a talent show and comedian


Appointed Clergy serving in the Florida Annual Conference
Do No Harm: Mandatory Quadrennial Sexual Ethics Training

All clergy who are serving under episcopal appointment within the Florida Conference must attend one of the upcoming sexual ethics trainings this fall to remain in good standing. This includes ALL clergy serving in extension ministries, retired clergy serving under appointment, all deacons, elders, licensed local pastors (part time and full time). diaconal ministers and lay supply who are assigned to lead a church. This is required even if you have recently attended the Sexual Ethics training at Right Start or are scheduled to do so this coming May. A different curriculum will be covered in the quadrennial training. Certificates will be provided to those who complete the full 5 hours of training. A copy of your Certificate will be placed in your clergy file.

When & Where?

You may attend a session outside of your appointed district.

  • Tampa at St. James UMC on Tuesday, September 24
  • Jacksonville at Mandarin UMC on Thursday, October 3
  • Gainesville at Trinity UMC on Wednesday, October 9
  • Plantation at Plantation UMC on Tuesday, October 22
  • Orlando at St. Luke's UMC on Wednesday, November 6



Winter Conference at Epworth By the Sea, January 26-29, 2020

Clergy are invited to attend the Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea, January 26-29, 2020. This will be a combined event with the Bishops and clergy of the North Georgia, Mississippi, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. You might talk with some of the over 150 clergy who attended Winter Conference 2019 about their transformative experience. Len Wilson will be the keynote speaker.

Click HERE to register and receive the early bird discount. NOTE: The past event sold out. Don't delay in registering!!



July 2 - Clergy Moving Day

July 4 - Conference & District Office Closed

August 3 - Lay Servant Ministries Training, New Covenant - Lake Deaton Campus UMC

August 27 - Fall Clergy Team Meeting Nueva Vida Central UMC, Ocala. From 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

September 2 - Conference & District Office Closed

September 17 - Clergy Day Apart

November 6 Do No Harm: Mandatory Quadrennial Sexual Ethics Training

November 28 - Conference & District office Closed


Calendar of Reports due 2019 - Reminder