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Saturday, December 15, 2018
By Boundless Impact

Through the generosity of The Duke Endowment, Boundless Impact is partnering with three districts from the Western NC Conference to host TRUTH Cafes. TRUTH Cafes bring churches of different ethnicities together to learn about social identity, systemic racism and privilege, share personal stories and perspectives about race, and commit to unified action to be catalysts for racial equity in our communities. This fall, we have hosted six TRUTH Cafes in communities across western North Carolina, with many more planned in 2019. We are grateful to SFW Agency in Greensboro, NC for selecting the TRUTH Cafe as a project during their 2018 Create-a-thon - we love our new logo and branding for this vital program for our faith communities!

 
Thursday, November 15, 2018
By Boundless Impact

Executive Director, Cindy Thompson, was selected to receive a 2018 Reflective Leadership Grant from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. These grants of up to $15,000 support an opportunity for structured reflection for leaders of organizations that are advancing their mission in the midst of today's rapidly changing context. For Boundless Impact, the grant will be used to cast a vision for the next phase and expansion of InnovateUMC, an inclusive innovation initiative in partnership with the United Methodist Church.

“The Reflective Leadership Grant at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity recognizes and supports the faithful and innovative work of lay and ordained Christian leaders who find themselves at a pivotal moment in their ministry. Using Harvard professor Ron Heifetz’s language, we want to help leaders experience ‘balcony time,’ which allows them to move from the dance floor to the balcony to gain a broader picture of the work, organization, community and trends,” said Victoria White, Leadership Education’s managing director of grants. “We want to encourage grantees to continue to develop their leadership capacities in ways specific to their work and context. For some, this might look like attending interdisciplinary conferences, and for others it might look like observing similar work in different settings. We are excited about the interest in this grant program from both traditional and non-traditional Christian leaders and we look forward to learning alongside them and their communities.”

For more information, follow this link to the announcement.

 

 
Monday, October 15, 2018
By Boundless Impact

With 3 years, 6 teams and over 200 people impacted by our InnovateUMC initiative, Boundless Impact created a video to recap our progress. We partnered with Sunshine Media Network to produce the video, which will be shared with funders, participants and other interested stakeholders - check it out!

InnovateUMC

 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
By Boundless Impact

Boundless Impact was thrilled to facilitate our first conference-wide InnovateUMC team to focus on Lay Servant Ministries, and the launch of the new Certified Lay Minister program. With a mantra of "Open the Door", our diverse team of 15 members met over 6 months to design and implement experiments in how potential lay leaders Discover, Develop and Deploy within the various Lay Servant Ministries pathways of the United Methodist Church. Successful experiments include: update and redesign of website, promotional video (below) in English and Spanish, brochures and Frequently Asked Questions for clarity, on-line and in-person Certified Lay Minister training, and a new database for tracking and deploying lay leaders and eliminating paperwork. Our team also addressed governance, communications and sustainability of Lay Servant Ministries, and many of our recommendations are already being implemented. Our work culminated in presentations at Annual Conference in Lake Junaluska in June 2018 to over 1,500 attendees.

Open the Door

 
Monday, April 23, 2018
By Boundless Impact
Continuing the success of other InnovateUMC teams, the Uwharrie District InnovateUMC team is finishing design phase and excited to begin implementing three new ministry experiments. One team is launching a multiethnic Youth Summer Camp for kids aged 10-16, fostered out of the Asheboro UMC network, in partnership with Mt. Shepherd Retreat Center. The project aims to reach a growing and underserved Latino population that otherwise may not receive the opportunity to attend a summer camp experience. 
 
A second team is forming the Richfield Intentional Community Partnership to explore the effects of an intentional living community between Richfield UMC and Pfeiffer University, and with the assistance of The Missional Wisdom Foundation. The initiative will engage young adults through missional outreach in new ways to serve the community while attending college.
 
Lastly, rounding out the projects is the Each One Reach One initiative. The proposal is built around the idea that males need mentors at all stages of life. The program centers around cross-generational male mentorships, seeking to build relationships and break down barriers between generations and ethnicity. Through the program, participants seek to address challenging issues in our society, such as domestic violence, social injustice, racial divisions, depression, and drug use. 
 
Teams will begin implementation of their projects this month and all three will come to fruition by the end of July 2018. Boundless Impact is pleased to help facilitate the great work that the InnovateUMC teams are doing, while supporting Boundless Impact's mission of being a leader in driving inclusive leadership and innovation in our communities.