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Congregational Specialists

Congregational specialists engage, equip and empower congregations to fulfill their mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

No one knows more about your community and your congregation than you. Congregational specialists come alongside you, and together you discern the plans that God has for the life and ministry of your congregation.

The most effective leaders don’t provide the answers. They simply raise powerful questions that allow you to see more clearly the pathway that God has for you!

Rev. Jim Arant
Greenwood | Orangeburg Districts
jarant@umcsc.org
803-727-0327
Specializing in leadership development
and strategic planning.

Rev. Cathy Joens
Anderson | Greenville Districts
cljoens@umcsc.org
864-940-1893
Specializing in age-level ministries
and Safe Sanctuaries.

Rev. Dr. Reggie Lee
Florence | Marion Districts
rlee@umcsc.org
843-601-1834
Specializing in connecting churches and
communities through outreach and worship.

Chris Lynch
Rock Hill | Spartanburg Districts
clynch@umcsc.org
864-590-4628
Specializing in youth ministries, next-gen
discipleship and practical technology for churches.

Rev. Millie Nelson Smith
Columbia | Hartsville Districts
mnelsonsmith@umcsc.org
803-960-5733
Specializing in African-American
ministries and conflict mediation.

Rev. Suzanne Walker
Charleston | Walterboro Districts
sbwalker@umcsc.org
843-300-9642

Engage

Connect with congregations with their presence by listening and building relationships and establishing trust.

Challenge congregations to be more than they think they can be.

Help congregations grow in their relationship with God and in understanding and doing God’s will.

Equip

Lead congregations through a process and give them the flexibility to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.

Provide congregations with leadership and training based on their particular needs.

Utilize years of experience by constantly learning and sharing what they’ve learned.

Empower

Inform congregations so as they grow in faith, they grow in competence and confidence.

Celebrate with congregations as they move toward God’s preferred future.

Step aside so congregations can be released to do God’s calling.

On call so that when a congregation needs help again, a specialist will be there.