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                                            


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.     

June 15, 2021
A Few Words on Innovation: Sacred Ale & Blue Ridge Hope

Check out this interview with Travis Smith of Salem UMC in Bostic about his innovative ministries to serve the community in the Blue Ridge District.  ...

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                                            


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 ...

October 20, 2021
‘Church for nerds’ builds community without a building

As the world develops and changes, churches are embracing those changes and adapting in order to reach a new generation. Checkpoint Church in North ...

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January 05, 2022
Introduction to Fresh Expressions with Bishop Carter and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand

Is your church looking for new ways to connect with its neighbors? Churches across the Western NC Conference are discovering new and creative ways to ...

December 31, 2021
In Surry County, this cupboard is stocked with heart

A sidewalk food pantry at Surry Community College offers more than breakfast bars and Ramen noodles. It is a source of physical, emotional, and ...

December 08, 2021
Fresh Expressions PRE-CONFERENCE @ Exponential 2022 in Orlando!

Fresh Expressions PRE-CONFERENCE @ Exponential 2022 in Orlando! Join us at a Pre-Conference Workshop entitled: "Fresh Expressions: Multiplication, ...