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School of Congregational Development set for August in Atlanta

  The School of Congregational Development – scheduled for Aug. 17-20 at Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta – is a premier event for equipping United Methodist conference leaders, clergy and laity to lead vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations. Sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, Global Ministries and Path 1, this year’s event is being hosted by the North …

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Training opportunity: 6 values great youth ministries embrace

The best youth ministries are unique and a reflection of their context. But, as culture changes and youth workers experiment with new approaches and priorities, there’s a small patch of common ground. It’s not a common program or teaching plan, but a set of values that seem to be shared by ministries that are finding their way …

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UMC clergywomen urged to read at local schools

As part of Women’s History Month, the Rev. Dr. Sheila Elliott is encouraging clergywomen to participate in a “Read-In” at their local schools. There are multiple goals for the effort, said Rev. Elliott, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake City. “One goal is to have young women and young men meet and …

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FOUND: Electrician for UMC mission trip to Ghana

UPDATE: An electrician has been found for this mission trip. Thanks to all who inquired or shared the news about this important work! The Orangeburg District of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is building an Information Communication & Technology Center in a small village in Ghana, West Africa. A mission trip to install …

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Hispanic/Latino Task Force looking for new members

The Hispanic/Latino Task Force of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is opening up to new members. The deadline to apply is Feb 28. The Hispanic/Latino Task Force seeks to promote inclusion and advocate for the rights of the Hispanic/Latino population in South Carolina. It also seeks to develop Hispanic/Latino leaders within …

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Want a healthier church? Join FAN today

The South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is partnering with the Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina to offer “Faith, Activity and Nutrition” – a free faith-based program that works to create a healthy church environment. FAN is not an exercise program or a cooking class. Instead, FAN helps churches …

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Mental health seminar: Opportunities and Challenges for Congregations

The Academy of Faith and Leadership at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary will play host to “Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges for Congregations” from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10. Many adults and parents of children and adolescents report discomfort in churches that fail to acknowledge the challenges surrounding mental health and developmental issues. Mental …

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Revolution 2017: Re-purposing youth for Christ

Revolution 2017 drew nearly 2,000 United Methodist youth from across South Carolina to Columbia for three days of worship, message, music, fellowship and service on Jan. 27-29. Students, adult youth advisors, pastors, district superintendents and others – including Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, who led the Sunday worship service and communion – descended on the Township Auditorium in downtown …

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Sellers Blitz: ‘An uplift for the whole town’

SELLERS – More than 150 United Methodist volunteers “brought joy” to the Marion County town of Sellers on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14 – cleaning and beginning repairs on eight homes overcome by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Volunteers from United Methodist churches across South Carolina – along with a crew from Georgia …

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2016 apportionment giving surpasses 2015

South Carolina’s United Methodist churches paid just over 92 percent of their apportionment giving for 2016, surpassing the 2015 rate of 91 percent. Leaders of the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church cheered the increased giving rate – to 92.03 percent in 2016 from 91.13 percent a year earlier. “It is truly a blessing that – for …

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