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.

December 18, 2017


by Duke Ison There is one week to go before Christmas! There have already been cantata’s, lesson and carols, Christmas parties, and Advent hymns. I could always hold off on Christmas carols until the...

December 11, 2017

How *Not* to Worry About 2019

by Mary Brown   “Do not worry about your life,” Jesus says (Matt 6:25).   Easier said than done.    My life is heavily invested in the United Methodist Church.  I was baptized as a Methodist baby, ...

December 04, 2017

How are your preparing this Advent?

by Burt Williams It’s that time of year again as we are preparing to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.  To say it another way, we are preparing for Christmas.  This preparation ...

November 29, 2017

God's Medicine Bag

by Drew McIntyre The church is more than we usually make of it.  The church is not merely a house of worship, a social outlet, a service agency, or a repository of age-level programs.  Instead, she ...

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Turkey

by Kel Billings I’m often surprised when and where it hits me, or what triggers it.​   ​It was a turkey.  Actually, a Syrian boy, a refugee, coloring a thanksgiving turkey. I was in Jordan, a few ...

November 13, 2017

Young people are making professions of faith

Who is the hero of your story?   As the pastor of Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church in King NC, we as a congregation can say together that God is our hero.  On May 24, 2017 a tornado ripped ...

November 06, 2017

Dying to Live

by Nancy Rankin “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)  There are many ...

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


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” ...

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