What a remarkable thing that preachers look out each Sunday and see a congregation of people who are bent over by sin, illness, and burdens too heavy for them to bear.
Senior director, United Methodist services
The Rev. W. Joseph Mann coordinates ministry with United Methodists in North Carolina and directs a number of programs, including Course of Study and Convocation and Pastors’ School. For many years, he also has served as a Divinity School faculty member, teaching a course on leadership in small-membership churches. Before coming to Leadership Education in February 2010, the Rev. Mann was director of the Rural Church Division of The Duke Endowment. The Rural Church Division assists rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina through grants for programs and building projects. Prior to his work at The Duke Endowment, he spent five years as the director of continuing education for Duke Divinity School. Mr. Mann has served on several denominational boards and agencies of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Board of Institutions of the North Carolina Conference. He earned his Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees at Yale University Divinity School.
The Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants Program at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is designed to foster, strengthen and sustain well-grounded worship in congregations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Two streams of grants are offered: to teacher-scholars and to worshiping communities.
Grant proposal due date options include October 15, 2023, or February 15 or June 15, 2024.Learn More