April Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter Is Now Available

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Items of interest include:

  • 2018 District Revival
  • District Clergy Meeting, April 18
  • Sending Forth Celebration
  • Spouses Luncheon at Annual Conference
  • Transitions Retreat
  • District “Packing Party”

Becoming a Healthier Pastor: An Intentional Growth Group for Clergy

The theoretical base for this group experience will be Bowen Family Systems Theory. The group process utilizes the eight concepts of Family Systems theory as developed by Dr. Murray Bowen and applied to congregational life by Dr. Edwin Friedman and Dr. Ronald Richardson. From this perspective, the pastor or church worker stands at the point of three interactive systems – the individual families in the church, the church itself as an emotional system, and one’s own family of origin. The minister’s ability to function as a “non-anxious, and defined leader” within each of these emotional systems promotes life and growth within each. This perspective offers a new way of thinking about relationships, connecting theory and practice in an effort to strengthen pastoral and lay leadership in ministry. For an overview of the eight concepts of Bowen Family Systems theory, go to: www.thebowencenter.com.

The group will begin Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Subsequent meetings will be March 14, 2018, April 18, 2018, May 16, 2018,

June 13, 2018, August 15, 2018, September 12, 2018, October 17, 2018, and November 14, 2018.  Participation will be limited to eight members. Participants are expected to attend all meetings (except for emergencies ), complete required readings, develop a personal genogram, adhere to the group norms of confidentiality and be willing to participate in the process of learning through mutual self disclosure.

Registration Information

Please register me for this Group Experience beginning February 21, 2018, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at Mt. Hebron Counseling Center, 3156 Leaphart Rd, West Columbia, SC 29169 Cost: $525.00 (Limited scholarship money is available by application). This series has been approved for 3 CEU credits by the Board of Ordained Ministry

Registration Deadline Date is:  February 16, 2018

Name:____________________________________________________________

Agency/Church/Position:_____________________________________________

Address:__________________________________________________________

City:_____________________________________________________________

State:______________________       Zip:_________________________________

Daytime Phone:______________       E-mail ______________________________

Mail registration with check to: Ken Barwick, 3156 Leaphart Rd., West Columbia, SC 29169-3024.  Make checks payable to: Mt. Hebron Counseling Service.

Click here to download the informational flyer and 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

Preparing for the 2017 EZRA Reports

We are beginning to set up Ezra (ezra.gcfa.org) for 2017 statistics.  As a part of this process, all church passwords have been reset. The new password has been sent to all pastors. If you need assistance with logging in, send an email to Conference Treasurer, Beth Westbury bwestbury@umcsc.org.  This reset password does NOT change the login for charge conference reporting on the umcsc.org website, only for Ezra.

It is recommended that pastors and others with responsibility for collecting and/or entering data in the EZRA reports review the changes to the forms for the new quadrennium. Please go to http://www.umcsc.org/home/administrative-services/statistics-2/.

The input forms (tables) are currently locked while the Treasurer’s Office continues the set up process.  The forms will be unlocked in late December so you can begin to enter your 2017 data.  However, you can access your reports and data from past years now. The due date for 2017 statistics is February 28, 2018.

Please note that the default year has been changed to 2017.  If you need to see a prior year, you will need to change the year at the top of the screen (drop down box) after you login.

Bishop’s Day in the Greenwood District

Bishop Jonathan Holston continues his district visits this year to meet with pastors and laity concerning the way forward for churches in the SC  Conference.

October 28 is the day Bishop Holston will be in the Greenwood District. Pastors and a leadership team from their churches are expected to join with the Bishop at St. Mark UMC Rivers St. Campus, 1633 Rivers St., Greenwood, on Saturday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This year’s theme is By Faith, On Mission, Together. Bishop Holston will spend the morning with church leadership teams thinking about how we equip our congregations to walk faithfully into God’s vision for God’s church. Teams will have the opportunity to hear what churches are learning from the Forward Focus process, and the day will close with Holy Communion as we celebrate our connection to one another and to Jesus Christ.

Pastors are reminded that this is the October district clergy meeting. Attendance is expected.