Greenwood District “Packing Party”

Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement on Hwy. 72 Bypass in Greenwood for a packing party to pack 100 flood/cleaning buckets. These cleaning buckets will be delivered to the SC Conference Center and then transported to an UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) for storage in preparation for the next crisis (e.g., flood, tornado, hurricane).

We appreciate the support of the Lowe’s management in helping the Greenwood District secure the necessary supplies to fill these cleaning buckets.

We will be accepting contributions on March 10 toward the support of an ERT (Emergency Response Team) that will be traveling to Puerto Rico in the Fall to help rebuild some areas of that devastated country.

These pictures are from the two previous packing parties. As you can see, every cleaning bucket is blessed with prayer for the ones who will receive a cleaning bucket and for the ones who prepared the buckets. Come join us and be blessed in your service to others.

SPRING 2019 Lay Servant Ministries School

The Greenwood District 2019 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School is set for March 24 and 31 at St. Mark UMC, 550 Hwy. 72 Bypass NW, Greenwood, 29649. Sign-in will begin at 2:00 p.m., and the sessions will end at 7:30 p.m. A light meal will be served.

Courses to be offered include:

  • Basic Course: This course is required of all those who wish to be certified as a Local Church Lay Servant. If this is your first application to become a Lay Servant, you should register for this course. The cost is $33 which includes the book. Rev. Mike Evans, instructor. (A Basic refresher course will be offered this summer.)
  • From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon: This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite. Registration fee is $23.00. Ms. Myra Taylor, instructor
  • Polity: The Method of our Mission: For those seeking to be a certified Lay Servant, this is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite for this course. However, anyone interested in knowing more about United Methodist Polity can register for this course. If the individual’s focus changes and a decision is made to become a certified Lay Servant, then the Basic Course must be taken. Registration fee is $23.00. Mr. Ray McCoy, instructor
    Pre-Class Work:
    Prior to Session 1 (March 24): Please read Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Prior to Session 2 (March 31): Please read chapter 3 and the conclusion on pages 169-174 
  • Lay Servant and Lay Leader: What Is My Role? This course is for all-laity and ministers-and does not require a pre-requisite. This course is designed to help laity know what their role is and how to work with the pastor as well as other laity in the church. Registration fee is $36 which covers all course-related materials. Mr. David Salter, instructor

Download the Registration Form and other information:

New for the 2019 Spring School: Les Heaton Scholarship to honor the former Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries. Click here to download a copy of the application. Return to the Greenwood District Office, PO Box 49968, Greenwood SC 29649, as soon as possible.


  • All current Lay Servants should have submitted their annual report to their 2018 Charge Conference. If you did not submit your annual report to the Charge Conference and had it signed by the pastor and District Superintendent, you are no longer a certified Lay Servant.
  • Anyone seeking to become a Lay Servant must submit his/her application to his/her pastor to be approved by the Charge Conference or Church Council. All reports and applications must be signed by the pastor and by the District Superintendent. The Lay Servant annual report and application is available online on the Greenwood District web page (
  • If you have not taken a class in 3 years or more, you are no longer a certified Lay Servant.
  • You must attend the entire Lay Servant School (March 24 and 31) to receive credit for the course you select to take.
  • You must sign the attendance register at both sessions to receive credit for the course you select to take.

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:

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





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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.