January District Newsletter

T2017_01 - front pagehe January issue of the  Greenwood District Newsletter is now available. Click on the image at the left to read or download a copy.

Items of interest include:

  • Older Adult Ministries Retreat
  • District Leadership Training, January 22
  • 2016 Local Church Audits
  • January District Clergy Meeting
  • 2016 Book of Discipline now available



Basic Church Administration Workshop

Pastchurch administrationor Robert Cox will present the seminar “Basic Church Administration,” Saturday, May 16th, at 9:30 am, at Northside United Methodist Church, 435 Summit Dr. Greenville, South Carolina 29609.

The seminar covers the documents that churches are required to keep by the United Methodist Church, and by various governmental agencies. Most of this material is not covered or taught in seminary or church leadership workshops. These records pertain to membership, contributions, finances, personnel, and legal documents.

Persons who should attend include:

  • Church secretaries
  • Membership secretaries
  • Financial Secretaries
  • Treasurers
  • Chairs and members of the SPRC
  • Chairs and members of the Board of Trustees
  • Pastors
  • Church business administrators

The cost of the seminar is $25, and Includes lunch, refreshments, and all materials including a notebook full of material to take back to the local church. The fee may be paid at the door. Please make checks payable to: Basic Church Administration.

Deadline for registration is Thursday, May 14. Click here to register onlineYou may also download the information brochure which has registration information included.


Five Guidelines for Doing Good Well

Just readMcAllisterWilsonDavid2014 (1) the article, “Five Guidelines for Doing Good Well, by David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

Dr. McAllister-Wilson begins his article with a quote from Tony Campolo during a recent luncheon meeting. I quote here: “David, do you know how many Christian organizations are at work in Haiti today? There are 900. And after 40 years of all that mission work, Haiti is no better off today.” “Why do you think that is?” I asked. He said: “Because they aren’t there to do good. They’re there to feel good.” (end quote)

McAllister-Wilson goes on to say he knew Campolo was saying that for shock value but acknowledges that the statement was rooted in some truth. As more local churches and individuals move into missional ventures beyond the Church’s national and international venues, McAllister-Wilson says, “This means congregations must change some fundamental assumptions. “Missions” is not a program we take on once we are strong enough. It is not discretionary spending. It is the basic need of the church. We have to prepare church leaders to be mission entrepreneurs and to acquire new knowledge and skills.” He goes on to outline some steps that churches should take in that direction.

Read the entire article here: http://bit.ly/1GiCWUq