Ministry Innovation:
The Western North Carolina Conference Leads the Way

Throughout the conference, we have an extraordinary number of innovative ministry initiatives designed to expand the love of Christ in fresh ways, particularly for those who might never see themselves participating in a more “traditional” church.

Innovation Videos                                            

March 23, 2023
The Sandwich Mission at Hawthorne Lane UMC

See video.

October 14, 2021
A Few Words on Innovation: Rev. Ryan & Tami Canaday

What does it take to reach addicts with the love of Jesus? A willingness to share your brokenness—and maybe a little coffee, too. Here's an ...

August 03, 2021
A Few Words on Innovation: Paul Reissman, Mystic Winds

Check out this interview with Rev. Paul Reissman of the Michigan Conference about his ministry, Mystic Winds.     

Blog Posts                                            

October 14, 2021
Drowning in Details? Maybe We Can Surf Instead

Task management can be discipleship.

May 17, 2021
Brewery Bible Study

If you have ever met Rev. Randy Blanton, you will quickly learn that he has a love of craft beer and theology. When he moved to Aldersgate UMC in ...

March 04, 2021
Ministry Innovation Blog: Everyday Monasticism: How We're Finding Life in Benedict's Rule

When I was growing up, Dairy Queen was flanked by a little market on one side and Dean’s Dugout on the other. Dean sold collector’s cards. Pokemon, ...

Guest Articles                                            

February 02, 2022
Worship Matters Podcast - Digital Media: What We Have Learned

The Worship Team is joined by Rob Hutchinson and Mike Symonds of Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Steven Adair ...

November 09, 2021
Means of Grace featuring AFRESH: Recovery Ministry & Fresh Expressions

In this week's episode of Means of Grace, we share a special guest episode from Afresh, a Fresh Expressions podcast from the Uwharrie District. Rev. ...

October 26, 2021
Means of Grace: Digital Doorways to Church

In this episode, Director of Church Development Rev. Rob Hutchinson talks all things digital church and worship with Jason Moore, Both/And Hybrid ...

Latest Innovation News                                            

July 06, 2022
Church Leadership Two-Day Event

Church Leadership Two-Day Event Evangelism in the Post-Christian Context Duke Endowment Scholarship Available to Attend Dr. David Wilkinson and Family...

June 20, 2022
Food & Faith Event in Western NC

Check out this Food and Faith event in Western North Carolina sponsored by the Come to the Table Program.  At Come to the Table, we work to empower ...

February 06, 2022
Innovator's Buzz Session (February 28, 2022)

Here's a little invitation for you: Can you join us for a little while on February 28, 2022, via Zoom? A Buzz Session is a gathering where Christian ...