Welcome, SEJ Association of United Methodist Foundations

In a season of change for the United Methodist Church, foundations can provide leadership worthy of the moment. It is in that spirit that we will gather in April.

Who: Southeastern Jurisdiction Association of United Methodist Foundations

When: Sunday, April 21 to Tuesday, April 23

Where: United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina (Click for map)

Register: Please click here to complete an online registration form.

Lodging: SpringHill Suites by Marriott (Details and map here)

The staff and Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina are excited to welcome you for the 2024 Meeting of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Association of United Methodist Foundations.

This year’s theme relates to preparing for a future beyond the pandemic and disaffiliation. Many of us are asking, “Who are we now?” and “Do we have what it takes to move forward?” Our hope and prayer is that we can learn from one another to navigate these questions in healthy, productive ways.

Based on your responses to a survey, our time together will include panel discussions on two topics. Guest panelists (highlighted below) will be joined by Foundation staff members.

Storytelling That Moves People:
Advice to Humanize Your Communications
A well-told story builds a connection, illuminates a message or idea, makes people remember and sets us apart from the competition. Hear from pros on how to put stories at the heart of your communications strategy.

Strategic Visioning for Tomorrow and Beyond:
How to Navigate Your Next Planning Process
Staff and leadership of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina reflect on the process of creating a strategic vision. What worked well? What would we do differently? And what did our final product look like?

Below, please find a schedule of events as well as opportunities for spouses. Business will conclude Tuesday at noon so that we may attend opening worship at General Conference.


Sunday, April 21

4:00 p.m. – Registration at SpringHill Suites by Marriott
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Gathering Dinner at North Harbor Club on Lake Norman (van transportation provided)


Monday, April 22


Tuesday, April 23

Opportunities for Spouses – Monday, April 22


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