About gwdist

The Greenwood District of the SC United Methodist Church is one of twelve districts in South Carolina. The Reverend James L. Friday is serves as the District Superintendent of the Greenwood District. The District Office is currently located on the Rivers St. Campus of St. Mark UMC at 1633 Rivers St., Greenwood, SC.

Bishop Jonathan Holston Releases New Statement Concerning COVID-19

Today Bishop Jonathan Holston, Resident Bishop of the SC Conference of The United Methodist Church, announced that all SC United Methodist Churches will remain closed until the end of April. You may read Bishop Holston’s entire statement on the SC Conference web page: https://www.umcsc.org/bishop-holston-extends-call-to-suspend-in-person-worship-through-april/

 

Salkehatchie Summer Service 2020

It is with great sadness that all Salkehatchie Summer Service Camps for Summer 2020 have been cancelled in a precautionary move to keep everyone safe during this time of uncertainty related to the Coronavirus.

We pray everyone will find safe ways of helping those in need in his/her own community during this COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Introductory Visits for New Appointments Postponed

All introductory visits for projected appointments for the 2020-2021 Conference Year have been postponed until late April 2020. This decision was made to comply with CDC guidelines for social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pastors and PPRC chairs involved in new appointments will be notified by email and telephone calls later in April to schedule introductory visits, church and parsonage tours.

For questions, concerns, or additional information, please contact the Greenwood District Office (864-223-2650 or gwdist@umcsc.org).

2020 General Conference Information from District Connectional Ministries

The District Connectional Ministries wants to share information about the 2020 General Conference. To that end a series of email blasts are created which will share resources. These resources will include links to online resources. It is our hope that pastors and church leaders will use this information to inform your congregations; to let people know what happens and what is going on at this year’s General Conference.

  • The first blast will be conventional information about what General Conference is about. There is a video that explains General Conference.
  • The second blast will give an overview of the 2020 General Conference. The agenda for this year’s conference.
  • The third blast will give information about the potential split of the United Methodist denomination. Several different proposals are on the table and will be considered.

This site collates all the major plans in one section along with the coverage given to each by UM News.

https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/gc2020-proposed-plans

Advance Advocate contains all of the proposed legislation for the 2020 General Conference. It is the official printed document for the General Conference. Delegates from each Annual Conference receive this information ahead of time via mail and are expected to read and familiarize themselves with it all. Every bit of proposed legislation (petitions) must be dealt with as the General Conference.

https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/general-conference-2020-advance-daily-christian-advocate

Proposed Plans https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/gc2020-proposed-plans

Summary breakdown of General Conference:

This is an article that gives a summary of a pre-General Conference briefing. It covers the separation plans and protocol plan. The following are covered: sustaining clergy pensions, proposed changes to bishops, revised social principles (no mention of homosexuality), and need for prayer.

https://www.umnews.org/en/news/foretaste-of-whats-on-the-table-at-gc2020

New Retirement Proposal:

https://www.wespath.org/assets/1/7/5447.pdf

New Social Principles Proposal:

https://www.umcjustice.org/news-and-stories/social-principles-2020-607

WCA Proposed Discipline: This link is a downloadable copy of the Wesley Covenant Association’s draft document that would replace the UM Book of Discipline for the proposed “traditionalist” Methodist denomination if a split occurs. It is a draft document meant to be perfected.

https://wesleyancovenant.org/2019/11/06/wesleyan-covenant-association-releases-book-of-doctrines-and-discipline/