2020 General Conference Information from Greenwood 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.

Courageous Conversations / Getting Your Congregation Ready for General Conference https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/helping-your-congregation-get-ready-for-general-conference

Blast #1

What is General Conference?

Here is a link to a video shown at the General Conference listening sessions. It gives an overview of what General Conference is all about.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=U2MLEFn3b8M&feature=emb_logo

Here is a United Methodist link that gives general information about General Conference. It gives regular updates of what is going on at General Conference.

The main site gives an overview of what will happen at 2020 General Conference. You can access the schedule, track legislation and download all documents related to the GC. The Daily Christian Advocate is a list of all legislation proposed to the 2020 GC. This network provides helpful links with information about 2020 GC.

Main Site https://www.resourceumc.org/en/churchwide/general-conference-2020 and https://www.resourceumc.org/en/churchwide/general-conference-2020/resources

This GC Primer is a resource that answers questions about GC. What is General Conference? What does the GC decide? Who attends GC? How is GC conducted? What is the Book of Discipline and the Bo0k of Resolutions?

GC Primer http://www.umcom.org/news/gathered-for-mission-structured-to-serve-a-general-conference-primer

This is a graphic about the United Methodist structure.

Our Connectional Structure https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/connectional-structure-graphic

2019 Fall Lay Servant Ministry School

The Fall School is set for October 20 & 27 at Broad St. UMC in Clinton. All details, including the courses to be offered and the registration form, are available on this web page under the link for Lay Servant Ministries.

Registration deadline is October 11. All registration forms must be postmarked by October 11. No registrations will be accepted after the October 11 deadline. No registrations will be accepted at the door.

Epworth Children’s Home Annual Mother’s Day Offering

A message from Rev. John Holler, Executive Director of Epworth:

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

Whether this is the first or eighty-second time your congregation has ordered Mother’s Day Offering materials, we know that you will find that encouraging your congregation to give generously to God’s ministry to children will deepen your congregation’s level of discipleship and extend its ministry beyond its walls.

The annual Mother’s Day Offering is the first of two special Sundays designated by the Annual Conference of our church to support the ministry of Epworth. Epworth is not an apportioned item. It relies heavily on the  offerings received on Mother’s Day to provide the quality care God calls us to provide to the more than seventy-five children who currently call Epworth home. Order your materials by clicking here.

 As the pastor of your congregation, your visible passion and intentional voice in support of the ministry and the offering play a direct role in the success of the offering. In other words, if you make a sincere appeal, your people will respond. What better way is there to support the conference campaign to combat illiteracy and poverty than to support children who have tasted both?

 As you actively participate in promoting the annual Epworth Mother’s Day Offering, please remember all gifts received from your congregation will be counted towards your church’s minimum goal of $6.00 per member. Together we can surpass this goal and advance the ministry provided to children by your church and our conference.

Just follow these steps and your congregation’s offering will be a success:

  1. Order and hang posters by Sunday, April 12, 2015.
  2. Print the bulletin announcements on the designated Sundays.*
  3. Make it a priority to say a personal note about your own support of  Epworth and the children.
  4. Draw attention to the offering through announcements by allowing your local church representative a ministry moment.
  5. Order and use bulletin inserts and envelopes in each bulletin on Sunday, May 10th, 2015.
  6. Take time to thank your congregation for their faithful participation by announcing the total amount raised for the ministry.

I thank you in advance for your faithfulness.

John Holler

* The bulletin announcements are available here.

Greenwood District has a new Facebook Page

fWe’ve changed the look of our Facebook page and invite everyone to check it out for news, events, photos, and other information related to the Greenwood District of the SC United Methodist Church.

The Facebook page will be updated with new information on a regular basis just as this web site is updated regularly. Please share information, announcements, and photos of your church events with us.

District Office Closed – January 15 – 19, 2015

The Annual District Administrative Assistants’ Meeting is set for Thursday, January 15, 9:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m., at the Conference offices in Columbia. Rev. Friday will be in a Cabinet meeting that day as well; therefore, the district office will be closed on January 15.

MLKDayThe District Office will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

We will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, January 20.