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

Fall 2020 Lay Servant Ministries School Planning

The Lay Servant Ministries Committee, under the leadership of Cathy Trevino Lay Servant Ministries Director, is now planning the  Fall 2020 Lay Servant School. Tentative Dates are October  18 and 25; however, that may change due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Committee is exploring offering the Fall School via ZOOM.
Anyone who was registered to attend the Spring School will automatically be registered for the Fall 2020 Lay Servant School. The classes offered in the Fall will be the same classes so keep your books, if you have already ordered them.
Anyone who cannot attend the Fall School can request a refund of his/her registration fee paid to attend the Spring 2020 Lay Servant Ministries School.
For questions or more information, please contact the Greenwood District Office (864-223-2650 or gwdist@umcsc.org) or Cathy Trevino, Director of the Greenwood Lay Servant Ministries (gwdlsmdir@gmail.com).
Stay tuned for more information and details regarding the Fall 2020 Lay Servant Ministries School for the Greenwood District.


March 2020 Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter Now Available

Click on the image at the left to read or download a copy of the March 2020 newsletter.

Items of interest include:

  • Update your Lay Member(s) to Annual Conference 2020
  • ERT Training
  • Clergy Orders
  • April District Clergy Meeting
  • Lay Servant Ministry School
  • District Grant Opportunities
  • Upcoming Meetings for March
  • Bishop’s Day in the District