Due to government mandates and a call from Bishop Leeland to implement social distancing, we will no longer be meeting in person for the District Connect Conference


*Update 3/19/2020 - General Conference 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. 

In an effort to continue to keep you informed and offer options for moving forward, we have worked to convert the in-person portions of the conference to a video format and provide documents for you to reference. 

Informational Packets

Please find below, links to documents we planned to include in participant packets. You may be asked to refer back to these documents during later video portions. 

  • FAQs for Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace (link)
  • Question & Answer Document (In response to questions asked during registration for our District Connect Conference) (.doc, .pdf)
  • Current UMC World, US, Jurisdictional, Conference, & District Maps (.doc, .pdf)
  • Explanation of Annual Conference Membership, General & Jurisdictional Conferences (.doc, .pdf)


Greetings & Introduction

First, view a message from District Superintendent & Chief Missional Strategist for the Blue Ridge District, Rev. Beth Crissman, giving a brief overview of our online materials. 


Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Amy Coles

Next, Western North Carolina Conference Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Amy Coles will share information about General Conference 2020. This video was filmed during the District Conference of the Smoky Mountain District, but reflects information Amy was wishing to share with the Blue Ridge District as well. The video is in two parts - both can be accessed below: 

(1 of 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9eiy22gbE

(2 of 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntpGxcIQa9g


Holy Conversations

Our hope at the conference was to provide you with short experiences of two methods of conducting Holy Conversations. The following are links to several methods for you to review:

Below are leaders who have been trained to facilitate and train in these different methods, as well as links to contact them (by clicking their name) in case you would like to request more information on a certain method. 

Other resources - Central UMC in Asheville has also conducted Holy Conversations by scheduling in-home visits for groups over a 12 week period. If you would like to hear more about this method, contact Luke Lingle.


Online Webinars

Over the next several weeks, we will be planning online webinars to share more information about these methods for Holy Conversation. If you would like to hear more about these webinars, please fill out this quick survey to let us know which methods you are interested in knowing more about. 



 Please check back here regularly for updated resources and videos which will be posted as they are made available. 

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  • March 2020 Connect Conference
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