Staff-Parish Relations Committee Training, Feb. 2, 2020

We are inviting the ENTIRE SPRC and ALL Pastors. 

SPRC & Pastor Training, February 2, 2020, 3:00pm, Mt. Hebron UMC , Christian Life Center, 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia.

The following topics will be included.   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.  – General Duties of SPRC  – Local Church Sexual Harassment Policy and On-line SPRC Library Resources
  2.  Break-out Groups based on Staff Size (see below)
  • Chris Carver, Human Resources Director, Mt. Horeb UMC  – “Best Practices for SPRC in the Large Church”  (25 + employees)
  • Rev. Matt Yon, Executive Pastor, Covenant 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 can register all persons.   Please enter their names and complete the form at this link: https://forms.gle/n6VZVkDhYZ5PxqZcA

Youth Workers Gathering with Chris Lynch

This Spring, SCMYP (SC Ministry with Young People) is coming to your district to network with youth workers and hear from you about how we can best resource you in your youth ministry in the local church.  Plus we are buying you dinner.  So, complete the form below and click submit to reserve your spot.  Each gathering will take place at 6 pm.  Locations are listed on the registration form below beside each district.  If you have any questions, please email Chris Lynch, clynch@umcsc.org

SCMYP is coming to the Columbia District to connect with youth workers on Monday, April 1st
at 6:00 PM at Mt. Hebron UMC, (3050 Leaphart Rd, West Columbia). Don’t miss this incredible
opportunity to connect, laugh, learn, and of course, EAT! There is no cost, but we need you to
sign up at scmyp.org/youth-workers so that we have plenty of food. Come on your own, or bring
your whole youth ministry team.

REGISTER HERE:  http://scmyp.org/district-tour-2019/

The Bishop’s Day in Columbia District

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Bishop’s Day in the Columbia District:
“By Faith, On Mission, Together”

Saturday, October 21st
9:00am – 12:00pm
at
Shandon UMC
(3407 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205)

The one constant in today’s world is constant change. In the midst of that change, God has called us to the eternal work of making disciples for the transformation of the world. Your local church leadership team is invited to spend a morning with Bishop Holston thinking about how we equip our congregations to walk faithfully into God’s vision for God’s church. Teams will have opportunity to hear what churches are learning from the Forward Focus process, and the day will close with Holy Communion as we celebrate our connection to one another and to Jesus Christ.

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 codist@umcsc.org). The registration deadline is October 16th. For additional info, contact Betty Void at betty0629@att.net or 803-447-0626.

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 pinnlead.com

DEADLINE TO REGISTER – MAY 12.  Complete REGISTRATION AT THIS LINK  Registration Form

For questions, contact the Columbia District office, Veronica Williams, 786-9486 or veronica@umcsc.org.

Bishop’s Forward Focus: UPDATE

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The Columbia District
Bishop’s Forward Focus

Saturday, April 8th
9:00am – 12:00pm
at
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 codist@umcsc.org). The registration deadline is April 3rd. For additional info, contact Betty Void at betty0629@att.net or 803-447-0626.

2016 Leadership Training

2016 Columbia District
Leadership Development Training

Sunday, November 13
at
Washington Street UMC
(1401 Washington Street, Columbia, SC 29201)

  • Registration & Gathering:  2:30 – 3:00pm
  • Devotion:  3:00 – 3:15pm
  • General Session:  3:15 – 4:15pm
  • Workshops:  4:30 – 6:00pm

District-wide Leadership Training is a time for fellowship and idea-sharing through workshops led by experienced facilitators. Read more here about the different workshops that will be available. Every officer and lay leader in your congregation would benefit from this time together.

 

To sign up, complete online registration here OR print this form and mail it to Veronica Williams in the District Office (address to: District Leadership Development Training, 4908 Colonial Drive, Suite 124, Columbia, SC 29203), or email it to codist@umcsc.org. The registration deadline is November 6.

 

For additional info, contact Betty Void at betty0629@att.net or 803-447-0626.

“Tune-up Day” for Reaching New People

“Tune-up Day” for Reaching New People

Saturday, October 1st
9:00am – 3:00pm
at
Brookland UMC
(541 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC 29169)

A group of congregations from the Hartsville, Columbia and Rock Hill Districts, having attended a February 2016 workshop on “Reaching New People”, have been working for the past six months on implementing what they have learned. They will gather at Brookland UMC on October 1st for a mid-year “Tune Up Day” with their Coach, Rev. Paul Nickerson.

Each church will be bringing more leaders to this event; they will be receiving additional training, and then will be working on a new six-month Action Plan. They will continue to receive long-distance coaching for the coming six months. The goal of this process is for each church to get out into the community, build relationships with people and invite and bring them into the life of the church. Pastors who are in the coaching group need to register.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT, complete online registration here or contact Veronica Williams in the District Office (803-786-9486 or codist@umcsc.org).

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Bishop’s Forward Focus

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The Columbia District
Bishop’s Forward Focus

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

All pastors are invited to bring 3-5 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 codist@umcsc.org). The registration deadline is October 3rd. For additional info, contact Betty Void at betty0629@att.net or 803-447-0626.

District Safe Sanctuary Training

District Safe Sanctuary Training

Saturday, April 2
at
Francis Burns UMC
(5616 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203)
from
9:30am to 12:30pm

Register Online Here by March 20, 2016

Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression in making congregations safe places where children, youth, and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith. Sponsored by the DCM Columbia.