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Revolution 2018


Training for SPRC and Pastors

Managing staff, legal issues about hiring and firing, evaluating the pastor, discerning when its time for a change in appointment – all of these can be difficult issues.  In an effort to improve training/support for SPRC and pastors, we are inviting the ENTIRE SPRC and ALL Pastors. 

SPRC & Pastor Training, August 27, 4:00pm, Mt. Hebron UMC , 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia.  (BEWARE OF CONSTRUCTION:  Park to the right of the sanctuary and behind Temperance Building near cemetery on Hebron Drive).  

The following topics will be included, and you can also sign up at the training to receive sample personnel policies, discipline forms, performance reviews, safe sanctuary policies, leave forms, job descriptions, etc.

  1. Opening Session – Rev. Dr. Cathy Jamieson, D.S.  – Sanctuary
  2. General duties of SPRC
  3. Evaluation of pastor and staff – NO surprises at evaluation time!
  4. Advisory Form – Do I stay or do I go?  “There is a time for everything under the heavens….”
  5.  Break-out Groups based on Staff Size
  • Chris Carver, Human Resources Director, Mt. Horeb UMC  – “Best Practices for SPRC in the Large Church”  (25 + employees)
  • Rev. Matt Yon, Pastor, Bethel UMC – “Best Practices for SPRC in the mid-size Church”  (6-24 employees)
  • Rev. Dr. Cathy Jamieson – “Best Practices for the SPRC in the small Church” (5 or less employees)

REGISTER AT THIS LINK – Either the pastor or SPRC Chair should register the entire group (we simply need a head count, not individual names of every SPRC member).

Register here

2017 District Set-Up Meeting

District Set-Up Meeting & Gathering

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Epworth Children’s Home
(2900 Millwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29205)

  • 6:00pm — Worship in the Sanctuary
  • 6:45pm — Dinner in the Dining Hall
  • Clergy meeting and Spouse’s
    gathering to follow dinner.
  • Register by: Friday, July 28, 2017


Appointed clergy are expected to attend this gathering for introductions, fellowship, and vital information regarding our ministry together in the Columbia District. All others are invited and children are welcome.

Please complete online registration here OR complete and return this form to the Columbia District Office, 4908 Colonial Drive, Suite 124, Columbia, SC 29203.

“Hand y Mano” Volunteer Sign-up

Once again this Summer the Columbia District is partnering with Lutheran Family Services to offer Day Camp for the children of resettled refugees in the Columbia area. Virginia Wingard UMC (1500 Broad River Road, Columbia) is graciously hosting the program during the weeks of July 31 through August 4, and August 7 through August 11, each day from 8:45am to 12:45pm. Please be in prayer for this ministry and the families who will be touched by it. Financial support is also welcome and may be sent to Virginia Wingard designated for “Hand y Mano.”

One of the biggest outstanding needs is for volunteer help. Come and lend a hand in any way, by helping to entertain the kids or assisting in other ways. Simply sign-up using the online form below. If you only have one hour to give, that’s great. If you can do more, that’s a big help, too.

With other questions or interest, contact Martha Thompson (

Transitions Retreat for Pastors


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Letting Go and Taking Hold

Sponsored by: Columbia, Hartsville, and Rock Hill Districts

9:30AM – 3:30pm, May 18, 2017  (registration deadline May 12)

Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC  29204

Rev. Mark Tidsworth, Retreat Leader

Objective: To assist pastors transitioning in their ministry contexts to transition well.

Format: Activities in this one-day retreat include presentation, small group dialogue, individual reflection, and commissioning.

Resource:  “Your Best Move: Effective Leadership Transition for the Local Church” by Robert Kaylor.   Please read prior to the retreat. 

Agenda Flow:

  • Welcome, Introductions, and Warming Up
  • Interactive Transitions Bible Study
  • Guiding Metaphor: Letting Go And Taking Hold (Trapeze)
  • Letting Go – Saying A Good Goodbye (Letting Go)
  • Leadership Matters – Why We Transition Well
  • Taking Hold – Major Initiatives To Engage Early In Tenure
  • Serving Well, Serving Strong – Life Balance Planning
  • Communion and Sending Forth

The Columbia District has hosted this retreat for its transitioning clergy the last two years.  Rock Hill and Hartsville Districts are joining as sponsors this year.  This year the retreat is moving to this new earlier date to facilitate the transition. This retreat is open to all UMC Districts and to pastors from various denominations (non-UMC pastors please send a check for $25 to Columbia District, 4908 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC  29203) 

Rev. Mark Tidsworth, Retreat Leader – Mark and Pinnacle Leadership partner with the South Carolina UMC in many ways, with this retreat as one expression of this partnership. Exploring the intersection of faith and culture is Mark’s sweet spot in ministry, influencing his coaching, training, writing, and consulting. Mark’s vocational journey as a pastor, new church developer, therapist, author, and Pinnacle President has contributed to his understanding of church leadership. You can learn more about Mark and Pinnacle on their website at


For questions, contact the Columbia District office, Veronica Williams, 786-9486 or

Bishop’s Forward Focus: UPDATE

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The Columbia District
Bishop’s Forward Focus

Saturday, April 8th
9:00am – 12:00pm
Shandon UMC
(3407 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205)

All pastors are invited to bring up to five (5) elected leaders and/or potential leaders. This may include Church Council Chair, Lay Leader, Vision Committee Chair, and other potential leaders who are enthusiastic and committed. Bishop Jonathan Holston will be leading us in discernment about reaching our full potential and seeking a hopeful future.

At the end of the event, churches will be asked to consider entering into a process designed to guide the local church leadership team in gathering data and information necessary to reflect on the ministry potential and vitality of your church. Expected outcomes of the Bishop’s Forward Focus include: 1. Clear idea of next steps for your congregation, 2. An informed discernment of God’s will for your congregation, and 3. Reclaim a healthy process for the how the congregation should work.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT, complete online registration here or contact Veronica Williams in the District Office (803-786-9486 or The registration deadline is April 3rd. For additional info, contact Betty Void at or 803-447-0626.