Blog

The Conference Blog had its beginnings prior to 2013, but an ongoing, almost weekly version began here: Western North Carolina Conference Blog 2.0.  The blog continues in a new place as a part of the conference website.

Opinions expressed in these articles are completely the views of the author and are not an official statement from the conference.

October 30, 2017

Fill Wanted

by A.J. Thomas The other day I drove past a church facility that was undergoing significant expansion.  As we often see around many sites where construction is happening, there was a piece of plywood ...

October 26, 2017

Tourists vs. Pilgrims

by Drew McIntyre During seminary, I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a program called the Middle East Travel Seminar.  This program brought together seminarians from around the ...

October 16, 2017

Transitions

by Amy Vaughan In what would be one of my last big adventures while I was serving in an appointment beyond the local church, I was selected to be a participant in SEED20, a kind of “shark tank” ...

October 10, 2017

"Here I raise my..."

by Sally Queen I love rocks and I collect them as souvenirs, so perhaps that is why I love the story of the rock that Samuel names Ebenezer in 1 Samuel 7:12.  This rock is set out after the ...

October 01, 2017

Is Unity Worth It?

by Paul Brown Disagreeing is part of being human. Just ask any parent. Sooner or later, every child will switch from asking “Why?” to declaring, “That’s not fair!” From kids arguing with their parents...

September 25, 2017

A Pain in the Rear for Jesus

by Duke Ison My definition of “a pain in the rear” is someone who wants us to change something we would rather not look at, consider, or deal with. Like a pain in our body that is symptomatic, a pain ...

September 18, 2017

Facebook and UMCOR

by Mary Brown Last week I couldn’t stop lurking on Facebook. My home town is St. Petersburg, Florida.  For a while there it looked like Hurricane Irma had plans for some category-four level ...

September 11, 2017

9/11 & September 2017

by Burt Williams Sixteen years have passed since America was attacked on 9-11-2001.  Sixteen years since we noted the bravery and heroism of our police and fire departments.  We fell in love with ...

September 04, 2017

Reflections on Labor Day

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. (from Wikipedia)

August 28, 2017

The Story of a Small Church and How to Measure Ministry

Most churches I know provide some sort of Back to School Ministry whether it is a school supply drive, a teacher appreciation brunch, free haircut days, or prayers in worship. Back to School Ministry of most any sort is a good way for the church to engage with its community, a way to share the love of Christ, and a way to serve generously.

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