The February Issue of the District Newsletter is now available. Click on the picture of the newsletter cover to download your copy.
Items of Interest include:
- District Valentine’s Day Celebration to benefit Imagine No Malaria
- February District Clergy Meeting
- Stewardship Summit
- Local Church Audits and Tables I, II, and III
March 5, 2016
Dr. Kennon Callahan will be the featured speaker at a daylong Stewardship Summit offered by the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Set for Saturday, March 5, Simpsonville UMC, the day begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3:15 p.m. There will be a working lunch, and Callahan will be available after the event for conversation for anyone who wishes to have further discussion with him.
Callahan is a bestselling author, researcher, professor, theologian, and pastor. He is among today’s most sought-after speakers and consultants. His newest book is Living in Hope.
Cost for the Summit is $10 per person. Registration is now open on the Conference website.
Rev. Dwayne Bruce , pastor of Beulah AME Church in Sumter, SC, published an article in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership on how his church changed the mindset and tradition regarding stewardship.
His thesis is a congregation’s giving pattern can be redirected from one of appeal and response to one of spiritual and covenantal stewardship when they understand how their giving expands and builds from their relationship to God.
Rev. Bruce developed a stewardship intervention that “…consisted of a series of midweek Bible studies and Sunday sermons exploring the human-Divine relationship, focused on the following topics: 1) Connection to God: Understanding the connection between God and ourselves; 2) God’s Property: Determining what belongs to God and what belongs to us; 3)Worshipping God: Cultivating an understanding of the covenantal importance of worshipping God; and 4) Giving to God: Connecting the essential element of worship with sacrificial giving.
He reports positive results both in giving and in attendance following this “intervention.”
Read the entire article here.