District Leadership Training – January 21, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018
Lowell St. United Methodist Church
Greenwood, SC

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gathering 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Worship Begins at 3:00 p.m. and the Breakout Sessions at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s sessions are:

  • Keeping The Church’s Statistical Data And How To Report Them.Leader: Ms. Beth Westbury, Conference Treasurer. Participants will look at the 2017 Statistical Tables I, II, and III, explore the new questions that are included, review how to access the online tables, and answer other questions related to keeping accurate church records. This session is recommended for pastors, church secretaries/administrative assistants, membership secretaries, finance secretaries, finance chairpersons, church treasurers.
  • Safe Sanctuaries. Leader: Rev. Cathy Joens. This session is recommended for pastors, trustee committee members, anyone who works with children, youth, vulnerable adults, congregational nurses, local church disaster response coordinators and committee members.
  • Lay Leader and Pastor as Ministry Partners. Leaders: Mr. Tony Watson, District Lay Leader, and Mr. David Salter. This session is recommended for pastors and local church lay leaders.
  • Pastor Parish Relations Committee Training. Leader: Rev. Dr. Stephen L. Love, Greenwood District Superintendent. This session is for all members of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.
  • Encouraging, Enabling, Empowering Our Youth. Leader: Ms. Julie McLaughlin, Minister for Children and Youth, St. Mark UMC, Greenwood. This session is recommended for pastors, local church youth leaders, and anyone who works with youth in their local church and/or district.
  • Inside/Out – Connecting With Your Community. Leader: Rev. Jason Wilson, Pastor, Grace UMC, Abbeville. Bishop Holston has said that “a church that doesn’t connect with the community is not a church.” This session is open to all and recommended for pastors, members of the committees on Nurture and Outreach, anyone interested in learning how to take your church out into your neighborhood and community.
  • Communicating Your Church’s Story: Using Multimedia Resources in Worship.  Leader: Rev. Scott Smoak, pastor, Virginia Wingard UMC, Columbia. Participants will look at how to use multimedia as part of a worship service, multimedia resources, and Copyright guidelines for using multimedia in a church setting. This session is recommended for pastors, local church communications coordinators, worship leaders, and church musicians. Anyone interested may attend this session.

No registration is required to attend this annual training event.

Reaching New People Workshop

Churches are invited to assemble a leadership team of at least 5 church leaders, including the pastor, and plan to attend the Reaching New People workshop scheduled for February 2-3, 2018, at Grace UMC, 639 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta.

Paul Nickerson, Nickerson Coaching, will be the workshop leader. Participants will experience intensive, practical, hands-on training on how growing congregations reach new people and will leave with an action plan to implement over the next 12 months with the assistance of a coach.

Cost for the workshop is $100 for a team of 5. Additional team members may be added at $20 per person.

Registration deadline: January 22, 2018

Click here to download a copy of the informational flyer and the registration form.

January 2018 Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter Is Now Available

Click on the image to the left to download a copy of the newsletter or to read it online.

Items of interest include:

  • Upcoming Important Dates, including January District Clergy Meeting on January 9
  • Granville Hicks Leadership Academy
  • 2017 Apportionment Payments
  • Longevity Revolution Seminar
  • Greenwood District Leadership Training Event
  • Men’s Ministry Weekend

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.