Spring 2018 Lay Servant Ministries School

The Spring 2018 Lay Servant Ministries School is set for March 18 and 25 at Leesville UMC, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. A light supper will be served. Registration information has been mailed to all pastors and current lay servants in the Greenwood District.

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.
  • Each One A Minister (Spiritual Gifts): This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite. Registration fee is $23.
  • Let the Whole Church Say Amen (Prayer): This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite for this course. Registration fee is $23.00
  • Accountable Discipleship: This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite for this course. Registration fee is $23.00

Registration deadline is March 10.  NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR. Download the Registration Form and other information:

Required Books for the Advanced Classes:

  • Each One A Minister (Spiritual Gifts class), William Carter. $9.99
  • Let the Whole Church Say Amen (Prayer class), Laurence Stookey. $13.99
  • Accountable Discipleship, Steven Manskar. $10.79

You may order from

Upper Room Ministries, 800-972-0433; online: http://bookstore.upperroom.org; mail: Upper Room/Discipleship Resources, PO Box 340012, Nashville, TN 37203-9540

Cokesbury, 800-672-1789; online: http://www.cokesbury.com; mail: 201 Eighth Avenue South, PO Box 801, Nashville, TN 37202-0801

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





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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.

Reaching New People Workshop

Churches are invited to assemble a leadership team of at least 5 church leaders, including the pastor, and plan to attend the Reaching New People workshop scheduled for February 2-3, 2018, at Grace UMC, 639 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta.

Paul Nickerson, Nickerson Coaching, will be the workshop leader. Participants will experience intensive, practical, hands-on training on how growing congregations reach new people and will leave with an action plan to implement over the next 12 months with the assistance of a coach.

Cost for the workshop is $100 for a team of 5. Additional team members may be added at $20 per person.

Registration deadline: January 22, 2018

Click here to download a copy of the informational flyer and the 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