Aug 20

Aldersgate UMC Offering Christian Believer Class

Christian Believer Bible StudyAldersgate UMC in Greenville is offering the CHRISTIAN BELIEVER on Sundays from 5-7 pm beginning Sunday, September 14.

We invite participants from other churches to join us in this wonderful and challenging  30-week DISCIPLES like study. The class will be facilitated by Susan Smith and Pastor Michelle Cockcroft. This study explores the classical doctrines (teachings) of the church so that we may grow in our understanding of what we believe, why we believe, and the difference our believing should make in our living as Christian Believers. Participants should have completed Disciple I or a similar course of Bible study so that they have a Biblical foundation.


According to Cokesbury…CHRISTIAN BELIEVER focuses on classical teachings of the Christian faith—presenting, explaining and interpreting them in a way that participants can understand, through the use of words, symbols, and hymns. Over a 30-week period, participants will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars.

Aldersgate UMC is located at the corner of Shannon Drive and Edwards Road in Greenville.

For more information or to sign up, contact Pastor Michelle at Aldersgate UMC at 244-1820 or

Come, join us in this journey.


Aug 12

Hopewell UMC Seeking Child Care Director

childcare_blocksHopewell UMC Learning Center is seeking a part-time plus Director for their registered child care facility.  We are a wonderful, small but growing facility and offer a complete preschool experience.  Candidate must meet all SC DSS Regulation requirements.  We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and offer early drop off and late stay hours.  Please submit your resume to and put “Attn: SPRC Ray Estes”. 

Aug 11

Charge Conference Schedule Set

charge conferenceThe charge conference schedule was presented at the district set-up meeting.

Click the link below to download a PDF file of the entire schedule.

Charge Conference Schedule

The schedule also appears on the Google calendar.

Important Note: The District Superintendent will be meeting with every PPRC group 30 minutes before the Charge conference is set to begin. (Example: for a 3:00 pm charge conference, the PPRC would meet at 2:30 pm.) Pastors will be included and need to let these persons know to be present and provide a meeting room for that purpose.

Aug 09

LARCUM To Focus on Education – October 13

LARCUMThe 2014 LARCUM Bishops’ Dialogue on the Church Support of Public Education will take place on Monday, October 13, 2014.

The event will be held at Our Lady of the Hills Cartholic Church, 120 Marydale Lane in Columbia, SC 29210, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Dr. Tammy Pawloski, Director of the Center of Excellence and Professor of Early childhood Education at Francis Marion University will be the guest speaker.

The cost is $20.00, and registration is required by October 6.

LARCUM flier - click here to download a flyer and registration form.
mail to: The Office of Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs
C/O Melissa Walker
PO Box 2704
Irmo, SC 29063

For more information you may call 803-345-7407, or email


Aug 09

Gallup Strength Finder for Profiles

Gallup StrengthfinderAt the district set-up meeting on August 7th, Rev. Howle mentioned using the Gallup Strengsthfinder website for discovering our strengths, and then using that information to write better pastor profiles.

As he sat in on the most recent appointment making process, he discovered that many pastors’ profiles are very poorly written, and do not address the strengths that the pastor has to offer a church.

He suggested that all pastors in the district take the Clifton Strengthsfinder test at the Gallup StrengthsCenter website and then use the information from that test to write stronger profiles.

Here is the link to the site:

The cost is $9.99.

The deadline for submitting up to date pastor’s profiles to the district office is December 15.

Aug 06

Basic Church Administration Seminar – September 13

Basic churchThe Basic Church Administration Seminar will be offered again this year on September 13, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, at Grace United Methodist Church in Union, SC

This seminar is designed to provide church officers, pastors, church secretaries, financial secretaries, treasurers, and business administrators the information they need to keep proper records for the administration of the church in accordance with the Discipline and Federal and State laws.

 Much of this material is NOT taught in seminary or Lay Job Function Workshops.

What gets Covered?

Membership Records
Chronological rolls

Baptism, Preparatory rolls
Family information
New Requirements from General Conference

Giving Records
IRS requirements
UMC requirements
Separation of Duties
Counters and requirements
Reporting to contributors, boards and councils

Financial Records
Custody of cash and documentation
Reporting to Church Councils and boards
Separation of duties
Multiple signatures
Banking Issues
Personnel Requirements
Government requirements = IRS, INS
Who qualifies as an employee? As a contractor?
Records required to be kept –
Government – W2, W4, 1099, I-9
Personnel files for S/PPRC
Record keeping for church requirements
Background checks
Safe Sanctuaries

Legal Requirements
Trustees, Trust Clauses, Church Incorporation
Insurance requirements, making sure property is protected
Safe Sanctuary and misconduct
Director’s Insurance


The cost is $25.00,
payable at the seminar.

The cost includes refreshments, lunch, and all materials.

Please make checks payable to:
Grace UMC.

Union Basic Church Administration Brochure

 Click Here to Register

Jun 10

Campus Ministry Needs Your Information

Hello fellow Methodists,


We hope that you’re having a good summer!  We in campus ministry are gearing up for a new school year and we need your help.  Most of our colleges and universities do not provide student contact information anymore to campus Campus Ministryministries. For this reason, the only way we are able to welcome your students is if we get their information from you.  Even if you just have their name and school that they will be attending, that would be helpful.  Any information you have – facebook, email address, home address, phone – all of it would be appreciated.  Thanks so much for your help with this!  If you could send this to your youth pastor or high school Sunday school teachers or anyone that would have this information that would be great.  We thank you for your support and prayers as these young adults start this new chapter in their lives.  Thanks for sending in this information!


Clemson University (Tri-County, Southern Wesleyan) – Steve Simoneaux –

University of South Carolina (Midlands Tech) – Tom Wall –

Francis Marion University – [Send names to Edward McCutcheon @

and I will forward them along]

Lander University – Ryan Spurrier –

Furman University – Edward McCutcheon –

Charleston Wesley (Citadel, College of Charleston, MUSC, Trident Tech, Charleston Southern) -

Aaron Meadows –

SC State and Claflin University – Connie Barnes –

Winthrop University (York Tech) – Ricky Howell –

Wofford College – Ron Robinson –

Spartanburg Methodist – Candice Sloan –

Columbia College – Roy Mitchell –



If you have a student that is not attending one of these schools but you would like to send their information, please send it to Edward McCutcheon at  We can send the info to out-of-state Wesley Foundations as well!



Grace and Peace,

Edward McCutcheon


Your South Carolina Campus Ministers and Chaplains




Rev. Edward L McCutcheon

Director & Campus Minister

Wesley Fellowship, Furman University

864 238-7273


Apr 25


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 58 charges and 74 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 if we can assist you.

May God bless you.

Rev. George Howle

District Superintendent