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.
The following link is to an article published by the United Methodist Church news organization.
The executive board of Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay leaders. But religiously affiliated units still can maintain their own prohibitions. Only time will tell how this policy change will affect local troop membership as well as church-sponsored troops.
Just read an interesting article by Chris Folmsbee, Director of Discipleship Ministries at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Entitled “Millennials Seek Larger Framework to Understand God.” He makes some valid points and offers some interesting ideas for pastors and churches to consider in attracting millennials to church or keeping them involved in church.
Folmsbee states, “The answer is not to hire younger, cooler-looking staff and build edgier programs. The answer is to give Millennials a larger framework for God and to push their boundaries of God, thus changing their concept of God.” An interesting concept and one that many churches will have a hard time accepting because so many of us think of creating a new program and then wonder why it never really succeeds.