March Issue of Greenwood District Newsletter Is Now Available

The March 2018 issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter is now available. Click on the image to the left to access or to download a copy of the newsletter.

Items of interest include:

  • 2018 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School
  • Active Shooter Training
  • 2017 Local Church Audit
  • 2018 Callahan Conference
  • Lander Campus Ministry Golf Tournament
  • 2018 District Revival

Greenwood District “Packing Party”

Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement on Hwy. 72 Bypass in Greenwood for a packing party to pack 100 flood/cleaning buckets. These cleaning buckets will be delivered to the SC Conference Center and then transported to an UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) for storage in preparation for the next crisis (e.g., flood, tornado, hurricane).

We appreciate the support of the Lowe’s management in helping the Greenwood District secure the necessary supplies to fill these cleaning buckets.

We will be accepting contributions on March 10 toward the support of an ERT (Emergency Response Team) that will be traveling to Puerto Rico in the Fall to help rebuild some areas of that devastated country.

These pictures are from the two previous packing parties. As you can see, every cleaning bucket is blessed with prayer for the ones who will receive a cleaning bucket and for the ones who prepared the buckets. Come join us and be blessed in your service to others.

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:; mail: Upper Room/Discipleship Resources, PO Box 340012, Nashville, TN 37203-9540

Cokesbury, 800-672-1789; online:; 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:

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.

District Leadership Training – January 21, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018
Lowell St. United Methodist Church
Greenwood, SC

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gathering 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Worship Begins at 3:00 p.m. and the Breakout Sessions at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s sessions are:

  • Keeping The Church’s Statistical Data And How To Report Them.Leader: Ms. Beth Westbury, Conference Treasurer. Participants will look at the 2017 Statistical Tables I, II, and III, explore the new questions that are included, review how to access the online tables, and answer other questions related to keeping accurate church records. This session is recommended for pastors, church secretaries/administrative assistants, membership secretaries, finance secretaries, finance chairpersons, church treasurers.
  • Safe Sanctuaries. Leader: Rev. Cathy Joens. This session is recommended for pastors, trustee committee members, anyone who works with children, youth, vulnerable adults, congregational nurses, local church disaster response coordinators and committee members.
  • Lay Leader and Pastor as Ministry Partners. Leaders: Mr. Tony Watson, District Lay Leader, and Mr. David Salter. This session is recommended for pastors and local church lay leaders.
  • Pastor Parish Relations Committee Training. Leader: Rev. Dr. Stephen L. Love, Greenwood District Superintendent. This session is for all members of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.
  • Encouraging, Enabling, Empowering Our Youth. Leader: Ms. Julie McLaughlin, Minister for Children and Youth, St. Mark UMC, Greenwood. This session is recommended for pastors, local church youth leaders, and anyone who works with youth in their local church and/or district.
  • Inside/Out – Connecting With Your Community. Leader: Rev. Jason Wilson, Pastor, Grace UMC, Abbeville. Bishop Holston has said that “a church that doesn’t connect with the community is not a church.” This session is open to all and recommended for pastors, members of the committees on Nurture and Outreach, anyone interested in learning how to take your church out into your neighborhood and community.
  • Communicating Your Church’s Story: Using Multimedia Resources in Worship.  Leader: Rev. Scott Smoak, pastor, Virginia Wingard UMC, Columbia. Participants will look at how to use multimedia as part of a worship service, multimedia resources, and Copyright guidelines for using multimedia in a church setting. This session is recommended for pastors, local church communications coordinators, worship leaders, and church musicians. Anyone interested may attend this session.

No registration is required to attend this annual training event.