Keep Track of General Conference, May 10-20

GC2016-logo-color-hi-resThe United Methodist Church’s top legislative body will meet at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016.

Click Here to track legislation, keep up with important issues, and follow events.

The General Conference is an international body of nearly 1,000 delegates that meets every four years. The delegates are elected by annual conferences (at annual conference sessions) to attend General Conference. They represent all annual conferences around the world. Half of the delegates are laity (non-clergy members), half are clergy.

Bishops attend the General Conference but cannot vote. Different bishops serve as presiding officers during the conference. Other bishops cannot speak unless permission is specifically granted by the delegates.

During General Conference, delegates discuss and vote on petitions and resolutions proposed by individuals, agencies, annual conferences, and other groups within the denomination. These actions result in a revision of the Book of Discipline, the denomination’s book of law, and Book of Resolutions, policies of the denomination on current social issues.

It is at General Conference where delegates wrestle with today’s issues in light of scriptural teachings and the church’s understanding of that teaching. Here is where the church’s official stands and church policies are made regarding such issues as human sexuality, abortion, war and peace, as well as determination of ministries and funding.

The 2016 mobile app is available for both Android and iOS devices. The iOS app, available on the iTunes store, will work on all Apple devices running iOS 7.1 or above.

The Android app, available on the Google Play store, works on all Android devices running Android 2.3.3 or above. The apps will help interested people keep up-to-date on the latest developments as General Conference nears. Additional features will be added, with the first update performed in January, 2016. Some of these include maps, schedules and petition tracking. The final update is scheduled for April, 2016.

Delegates and others can follow the proceedings on the General Conference website at (or You can also follow General Conference on Facebook and Twitter using #UMCGC.

Features will include news coverage in multiple languages, with daily summaries, feature stories and videos, such as interviews with delegates, volunteers and other key individuals. All plenary sessions, worship services, episcopal and laity addresses, and other special events will be streamed live. Users can track petitions and obtain general information about the legislative process. Plenary transcripts and consent calendars will post  each day.

A daily schedule of events will be posted, as well as practical information for delegates and visitors, such as information about Portland, the convention center and maps. Multimedia videos and photos from conference events will post. Delegates can go to the website to find committee assignments, seating changes and the delegate list. Journalists can access a glossary, background on General Conference and credentialing procedures.

In 2016, the Advance Daily Christian Advocate will also have a digital component and be available in the electronic publication (EPUB) format, which allows copious digital note taking for anyone with a tablet.


District Children’s Ministry Meeting

District Children's MinistryThe Well, the gathering of Children’s Ministry leaders for the Greenville District,
will be meeting May 19th at 9am at Strossners Bakery on Roper Mountain Road.

Come and meet your fellow UMC Children’s Ministry leaders and talk about VBS, summer plans and more! Questions, please contact Anne Shelton at

Lee Road Yard Sale and Car Show

Yard Sale 2016

Children’s Ministry Position at Lake Junaluska

Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina is seeking a full-time Director of LCKids’ Ministries who will oversee and advocate for the vision of the ministry and the needs of children and their families from birth through sixth grade.

Supervising the nursery coordinator as well as additional LCKids’ ministry staff, developing and managing volunteers and equipping parents are essential in creating an atmosphere of belonging and fellowship that will nurture a relationship with Jesus Christ. Average Sunday worship attendance is 750 during the winter and 950 during the summer. The Director of LCKids’ Ministries must have a passion and vision for children’s ministry; experience in recruiting and training volunteers; excellent organization and administrative skills; and be able to delegate to others, matching gifts with the responsibilities they are given. Visit the church’s website at for more information. For questions and to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rev. Justin H. Lowe at

• Minimum of 3 years experience of Children’s Ministry required; large church setting preferred.
• College degree required; Christian Education degree preferred.
• Professional certification preferred: Christian Education, Children’s ministry or equivalent
• Understands a variety of Christian Education models
• Advocates United Methodist theology and doctrine

Organized for Mission

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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