Holston Conference
February 11, 2016
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The Call
Congregational Development
Lease signed for Sevierville facility with goal of reaching millions     

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- For the next two years, Holston Conference will lease "The Gathering," a former church building on 49 acres near Dollywood Theme Park, in a bold attempt to reach millions of annual visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Under 35 & Faithful
Divine Rhythm: Reasons for young adults to stay in church?

GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- Fewer young people are sitting in the pews. We know that already, but the surveys and reports keep coming. As recently as December, a National Congregations Study showed that 56 percent of adults in a typical mainline congregation are over 60 years old.

At Divine Rhythm, the Rev. Jasmine Smothers went where the research doesn't go.

Holston News & Info
Galax Gazette
The Carroll News
Hillsville church begins book giveaway for 6,000 children

The Call

United Methodist News Service


Roane County News


Response Magazine
Print out Resurrection report, other stories as bulletin insert (in English or Spanish)  

Holston Connectional Ministries

Holston Finance & Administration

Holston Congregational Development

Holston Conference Foundation
Holston Calendar Dates

Holston Children's Ministry
Holston Finance and Administration

Wesley Leadership Institute

Holston Ministers' Spouses

First Broad Street UMC

Holston Conference Delegation

Holston United Methodist Women

Holston Conference Foundation

Holston Nurture Team

Holston Witness Ministry Team
Holston Conference Delegation

Holston Older Adult Ministries

Holston Connectional Ministries
Holston Youth Ministries

Holston Youth Ministries
United Methodist News & Info

United Methodist News Service

Coalition to African bishops: Let's talk


United Methodist News Service

Change coming to General Conference voting


United Methodist News Service

Denial of GC2016 booth sparks protest


United Methodist News Service

Charting U.S. religious change in an election season


United Methodist News Service

East Congo: Hospitals serve many with few resources


United Methodist News Service

Pastor's "Muslim Problem" post draws many readers


Baltimore-Washington Conference

Married lesbian recommended as Provisional Deacon


Western North Carolina Conference

Churches pound to victory in food drive


United Methodist Communications

Alaskan churches take up malaria challenge for Lent


United Methodist Committee on Relief

Iraq: Food for uprooted families


United Methodist Committee on Relief

Prayers answered after U.S. disaster


Ministry Matters

Why I offer free prayer in a coffee shop


United Methodist Communications

UMC Giving

United Methodist Communications
Upcoming Events
Feb. 22-25
>> Annual continuing educational event for Holston pastors in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Also: Clergy Gathering
Ministers' Spouses Retreat
March 3-5
>>Annual fellowship in Sevierville, Tenn.

Reading List
We asked Manny Elswick, congregational care minister at Main Street UMC in Tazewell, Va., (and a student in this year's Local Pastors Licensing School):

"What book is lying on your nightstand?"

The Holy Spirit (Contours of Christian Theology), by Sinclair B. Ferguson

Way to Give
February video for Holston's mission emphasis on local children in poverty ... from Morgan Scott Roane Parish in Oak Ridge District.

Watch the video ...

Viral Shot
Facebook readers loved this photo of Evan Nester attending last weekend's Local Pastors Licensing School at the Alcoa Conference Center. Nester is from Out of the Box UMC in Hillsville, Va.

District Newsletters

Greatest Hits
Our most clicked-on stories in the last edition:


1. Resurrection: Snow dents attendance, hearts still warmed 


2. Holston delegation leaders share news from Portland briefing 


3. Complaint filed against Kansas pastor who came out during sermon 


Jan. 29 edition