Tell us you're out there! We are building a database of WNCC Innovators to help to foster community among those who are re-thinking what ministry could look like. Tell us about yourself and the ministry you're running.   



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 ministries in the WNCC, and counting!


innovation events planned for the next 18 months, and counting—Hatch-a-thons, Seeds of Change, and others!


congregations hosting innovation ministries, and counting!

Latest News

There is a Balm in Gilead

Rev. Amy Vaughan, pastor of Marvin UMC, took having Bible study in a bar to the next level when she decided to team up with Rev. Mike Collins, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and brought Hops and Hymns to downtown Lincolnton. Rev. Amy had been attending Wild Goose Festival for years and was first introduced to the concept of hops and hymns there. She remembers looking around at the festival and seeing everyone singing along, even those who had grown up in the church but left because they ...

Ministry Innovation in 2020

In case you missed any of the Ministry Innovation Stories in 2020, the links to the stories are listed below by date.  “God Plays Indoor Soccer” (June 30, 2020)   “Still Waters Landing – Harvesting a God-sized Dream” (July 15, 2020)   “St. Luke’s Dinner Church – Gathering Re-imagined” (August 3, 2020)

Body, Soul, Soil, and Sacrament

Here's a terrific post on environmental stewardship as social innovation from Nate Stucky at Princeton Theological Seminary's Farminary. Innovators, give it a look!

Dinner Church at New Covenant UMC

After reflecting and assessing the neighborhood and needs of the residents in Lenoir, New Covenant UMC decided to re-engage and restore the community.

Pastor's Breakfast Brings Small Community Together

When we find ourselves living in remote places it can be hard to find ways to fellowship. If you find yourself in a small town with no places to gather, perhaps it is time to consider making the local diner a new favorite for community gathering.
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