Part of our mission as The Blue Ridge District is to intentionally develop new places for new people. Below are some examples of how a few churches have made that happen.

Blue Ridge Area Examples


River of Life

Six million jobs in the U.S. economy involve work in the outdoor recreation industry.  Sundays can be the busiest day for people who work or play on the water but one United Methodist pastor is finding a way to be sure they can also worship on that day. 


Stone Soup

At Stone Soup, we begin with the Rock of Ages, everyone brings what they have and the whole community is fed. It is a Sunday afternoon worship service at Saluda United Methodist Church.


Beer & Hymns

Coming out of the Wild Goose Festival tradition, Asheville Beer and Hymns will be meeting each 4th Tuesday of the month at Habitat Tavern and Commons.

Join the New Places for New People Affinity Group

Learn more with others who are interested! Join the New Places for New People Affinity Group to meet with others who want to start something new or find out more about it. Rob Parsons, Church Vitality Strategist, leads this group and will contact you with more information. Email him using the button below.

Discover how others across the US and around the world are getting involved in this movement.


Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Begun in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, it has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities in the UK bringing renewal to established churches. In 2010, the movement began taking shape in the US. Now, Fresh Expressions has partnered with the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church to foster more experiments in planting and growing these kinds of new faith communities. 

For more information on the official Fresh Expressions Movement visit their webpage