Discipleship Ministries and BMCR Offer Joint Virtual Summit on COVID-19

All pastors, church leaders, and laity are invited to participate in this online summit centered on responding, ministering, and surviving during and beyond this COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop Jonathan Holston is one of the presenters, offering the Episcopal perspective.

Participation is FREE but you do have to register: https://gbod.org/2V34Bw

 Printed below is the tentative agenda:

COVID-19 Black Church SUMMIT

(All times listed are CENTRAL, please add one hour for EASTERN)


 1: 03 pm – Opening Prayer

 1:05 pm – Welcome and Opening Statement of our WHY  – to INFORM, INSPIRE and IGNITE

Dr. Michael Bowie, Incoming National Executive Director of SBC21

 1:10 pm-   Junius B. Dotson, CEO Junius Dotson

Presenting Partner

 1:13 pm – ONLINE SUMMIT Flow and what to expect

Toska Medlock Lee, Interim National Executive Director of SBC21

 1:15 pm –  Bishop Holston, Episcopal Perspective

 1:25 pm – Presenter – Janet Jamieson, CFO, Discipleship Ministries

How the CARES Act Can Help Your Church

 1:35 pm – Presenter – Riche L. Butler, Sr. Pastor St. Paul UMC Dallas

We Need to Survive COVID-19:  Why Black Church leaders must communicate the narrative

 2:00 pm – Presenter – Marvin Moss, Sr. Pastor, Salem UMC, New York, New York

Ground Zero – The Hype is Real

 2:32 pm – Presenter – Emanuel Cleaver III, St. James UMC, Kansas City, MO

Social Distancing does not mean Emotional Distancing

 2:40 pm – Presenter – Jeffrey Campbell, Associate General Secretary Discipleship Ministries

Making Disciples in the age of COVID-19

 2:47 pm – Presenter – Adrienne Zackery, Senior Pastor – Crossroads UMC, Compton, California

Seeing All The People in the age of COVID-19:  Partnerships you should consider

2:55 pm – Presenter – Dr. Michael L. Bowie, Jr., Senior Pastor – St. Luke “Community” UMC, Dallas, Texas

Preaching to IGNITE the NEW CHURCH


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


January 2019 Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter

The January 2019 issue of the Greenwood District newsletter is now available.

Items of interest include:

  • District Leadership Training, January 20
  • District PPRC/Lay Leader Training, January 27
  • Safe Sanctuary/Sexual Ethics Training Events
  • District “Packing Party”
  • Faith-Sharing Workshop

Click on the image to the left to read or download a copy of this month’s newsletter.

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.

2017 Lay Servant Ministry School

Lay Servant Ministries logoThe 2017 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School

March 19 & 26, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Edgefield United Methodist Church
309 Norris St.
Edgefield SC 29824

Four courses will be offered:

  • Basic Course: required of all those who wish to be certified as a Local Church Lay Servant. Cost is $33 which includes the cost of the book
  • Polity: examines the organization and practices of The United Methodist Church. Cost is $23, plus the cost of the book. (Click here to order the book for this class.)
  • Living Our Beliefs the United Methodist Way: Cost is $23, plus the cost of the book. (Click here to order the book for this class.)
  • How Lay Leaders and Lay Servants Can Become More Effective in the Local Church: This course is new this year; it does not count as one of the courses needed for certification as a Lay Servant. Cost is $26 which includes materials for the class.

Registration deadline is March 4.

Read the letter sent to all pastors and current Lay ServantsRegistration Form.
Download a copy of the Registration Form
Download a copy of the Book List and order information for the Advanced Courses.