Northside Community Sing – August 28th.

Northside Community Sing Flyer

Salem UMC Pianist Needed

kid-playing-pianoSalem United Methodist Church in Greenville, SC is looking for an accompanist. This is a part-time position, reporting directly to the Pastor & Music Director.

This position serves as the primary pianist for the Sunday morning worship service. The accompanist will be the primary musician to play all hymns, songs and other musical parts of the services; will act as the primary accompanist for the choir, as well as soloists and small ensembles; and will be responsible for prelude and postlude and other music as needed.
Please send a resume or your contact information to the attention of Salem SPPRC or call 864-269-1191.

District Set Up Meeting – August 18th.

Calendar.Our annual District Set-Up Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 18th, at 6:30 PM at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church located at 200 Buncombe Street, Greenville.

Dinner will be included, childcare will be available, and clergy spouses are invited.

After dinner, spouses will have a separate meeting.  The set-up meeting is mandatory for all pastors.

Please RSVP to the District Office no later than Wednesday, August 10th to reserve your meal and tell of your need for childcare.

Click Here to Register

or call 233-3611.

Scholarship Gala for Africa University

Africa UniversityAs you may or may not have heard, there will be An Evening of Elegance Scholarship Gala for Africa University, July 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Buncombe Street UMC, 200 Buncombe St., Greenville SC. The tickets are $25 per person. I want to extend a personal invitation to you or to you and your spouse or friend to come and be a part of this great evening. And, I would love to see you there representing the Greenville District.

We will have a Silent Auction, Brook Benton’s Nephew will be with us with the group he sings with, Rev. Brenda Washington & Company, a wonderful meal, and a message from Dr. James Salley, Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement for Africa University.

Our goal is to raise $7,500 from the Anderson District and $7,500 from the Greenville District for Scholarships to assist students at Africa University.

If you’re pastoring a church or churches and you purchase 4 tickets or more, your church will be listed in the Program Book. We would love it if you would encourage members of your church to come to the Gala.  If you can’t attend, please consider giving a Donation and we’ll list you on the Patron’s List.

Please let me know if you are able to attend.  We can hold your ticket at the door for you. Checks should be made payable to Africa University and can be mailed to me at: 1201 Royal Summit Drive, Seneca SC 29678-1326.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration of my invitation.

Christ’s blessings be with you,

Pastor Carleathea Benson

2016 Bishop’s School of Ministry – Now Registering

2016 Bishop’s School of Ministry

The 2016 Bishop’s School of Ministry
The Sheraton Hotel, Myrtle Beach
September 6-8, 2016

“Making Space for God to Work:

Leading & Learning in Culture of a Change” 

Mark Tidsworth-Pinnacle Leadership
Jim Griffith-Griffith Coaching


Register Online

Hotel Registration

Brochure and Schedule



Mark Tidsworth

Birthing and growing Pinnacle Associates is a great joy for Mark. He provides many services through Pinnacle, and is your initial contact when you are new to Pinnacle.

Non-profit Director, Business Owner, Leader…these are roles Mark has and does fill. Given these experiences, he is passionate about helping leaders identify their strengths and then use them to lead effectively. When you are ready to break new ground, gain new insights, and raise your competency, Mark is an able companion. He resides in Columbia, South Carolina.


Master of Divinity, Ordination as a Baptist Minister

Clinical Pastoral Education

Master of Education in Clinical Counseling

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor

Trained Congregational Consultant

Certified Leadership Coach

Certified Life Coach

Certified Peoplemap Trainer

EQi Emotional Intelligence Inventory Provider


Work Experience


Interim Pastor

Church Starter

Business Owner

Marriage and Family Therapist, Private Practice

Director, Lowcountry Pastoral Counseling Center

Director, Center for Clergy & Congregations

Director, LifePoint Counseling Center

President, Pinnacle Leadership Associates

tel: (803) 673-3634


jimJim Griffith

Jim is the Founder of Griffith Coaching.

He began his ministry by starting new churches for the purpose of reaching new people. He started five new churches in Florida, North Carolina, and Denver.

Since then, he, and his network of associates, have assessed over nineteen hundred church planting candidates, trained thousands of planters, and coached hundreds of new churches.

Leveraging that experience, Griffith Coaching focuses on training and coaching churches of all ages in their efforts to reach the mission field around them.

Jim works with many organizations, from the Pentecostals to the Anglicans, and all tribes in-between.

His vast experiences and intuitive skills have contributed to Jim becoming the church leader’s “Advocate;” a mantle he wears with infectious enthusiasm.

He graduated from The University of Florida and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Jim lives in Orlando, Florida and is married to Kim Griffith, a United Methodist Minister. Between them they have seven children.

Trinity UMC in Fountain Inn Looking for Youth Director

Trinity United Methodist Church in Fountain Inn has an opening for a Youth Director

Click here to see the job description and application information.

Organized for Mission

k9328247Organized for Mission

We have divided our churches into eight missional groups of approximately eight churches each. The Superintendent or Congregational Specialist will meet with each mission group once a month. This will replace the monthly clergy gatherings. This will allow the Superintend and Specialist to spend more quality time with the clergy for encouragement and visioning. In addition, key lay members of each congregation will be asked to participate in the visioning, planning and implementation of the mission strategy. We cannot be successful without the laity’s buy-in and participation.

Each missional group will share best practice of each congregation, to learn about one another’s gifts, strengths and successes, to lift up and encourage, and to share resources of time, gifts, and facility.

We will spend time in prayer, discerning what mission God is calling us to fulfill. After much reflection and study of our community, using data and demographics, each group will prioritize the needs and opportunities that arise. We then will develop a strategic plan of action.

These group meetings begin in September of 2015, and meet monthly except December, 2014, and March of 2016, ending in May of 2016.

At least once a year, each mission group will come together in a common mission to impact the community.

Our Greenville District Mission Groups are:

Crescent Mission Group

Downtown Mission Group

Mauldin/Golden Strip Mission Group

Traveler’s Rest Mission Group

Simpsonville/Golden Strip Mission Group

Greer Mission Group

Taylors/Greer Mission Group

25 Corridor Mission Group


We are pleased that you have visited the webpage of the Greenville District of the United Methodist Church of the South Carolina Annual Conference.

Welcome.  We extend an invitation to visit any of our churches.  Clergy as well as lay persons stand ready to assist you in the quest to locate a church home.  We continue to be about the task of inviting persons to become disciples of Jesus Christ, assisting them to grow in discipleship and sending them out to live as faithful disciples.  Please come and join with us as we seek to remain faithful servants of God.

Currently, there are 59 charges and 72 churches within the District.  Included in this number are both a Hispanic Mission and a Korean Mission. Our churches offer a varied ministry seeking to meet the needs of persons at every stage of the lifespan.  If you are seeking a place of worship, nurture and outreach, visit any of our churches and let us assist you on your spiritual journey.  Please call the District Office at 864-233-3611, or email at, if we can assist you.

South Carolina United Methodist ClergyMay God bless you.

Rev. George Howle

District Superintendent