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Alive Together at the Table through mission, ministry & evangelism

6/8/2021

Churches throughout the conference continue to demonstrate the ways they are Alive Together at the Table through mission, ministry, and evangelism. 

One Matters Award

Emanuel UMC in Brunswick, Ga. is the recipient of the 2021One Matters Award given by Discipleship Ministries. This award recognizes churches with a renewed focus on discipleship through professions of faith, baptisms and growth. Each “one” in these categories represents a life transformed.

Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations

The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. A significant dimension of the disciple-making process is that of leading people to make a commitment to God through baptism and profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
 
Reaching new persons with the gospel is at the very heart of every church’s purpose. Below are congregations in each district that charted the largest net gain in membership, the largest number of professions of faith, the best ratio of professions of faith with regard to membership in 2020, and every local church showing a net gain in membership for 2020.
 
Lake Park was the overall conference leader with the largest net gain in membership, St. Luke in Columbus led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith, and Wesley Chapel (Powersville) had the best ratio of professions of faith.
 
The churches with the largest net gain in membership in each district in 2020 were:
 
Coastal: Isle of Hope
North Central: Centenary
Northeast: Brooklet
Northwest: St. Paul
South Central: Lake Park
Southwest: Cordele First
 
The churches with the largest number of professions of faith in each district in 2020 were:
 
Coastal: Isle of Hope
North Central: Perry
North Central: Vineville
Northeast: Brooklet
Northwest: St. Luke (Columbus)
South Central: Lake Park
Southwest: Cordele First
 
The churches with the best ratio of professions of faith in each district in 2020 were:
 
Coastal: St. Luke (Savannah)
North Central: Haddock
Northeast: Friendship (Waynesboro)
Northwest: Wesley Chapel (Powersville)
South Central: Lake Park
Southwest: Leila
 
Every local church showing a net gain in membership for 2020 has been designated an Evangelistically Fruitful Congregation. 
 
Coastal District
Bethesda (Rincon)
Emanuel
Gateway
Goshen
Isle of Hope
Jekyll Island
Midway
Richmond Hill
Springfield
St Luke (Savannah)
The Chapel
Trinity (Pooler)
Trinity (Savannah)
Trinity Chapel Tybee Island
Wesley Frederica
 
North Central District
Andrew
Centenary
Christ (Warner Robins)
Liberty
Piney Mount (Tennille)
 
Northeast District
Brooklet
Ellis Chapel
Friendship (Waynesboro)
Haven-Munnerlyn
Poplar Springs
Reidsville
Statesboro First
Twin City
Union (Bulloch Co)
 
Northwest District
Cusseta
Cuthbert
Leslie
Montezuma
Powersville
Richland
St Luke (Columbus)
St Marys Road
St Paul
Vienna
Wesley Chapel (Powersville)
 
South Central District
Broxton
Lake Park
Manor
Mt Calvary
Patterson
Pine Level (Fitzgerald)
Shiloh (Lowndes Co.)
The Porch Community Church
Valdosta First
 
Southwest District
Bethany (Mitchell Co.)
Beulah (Worth Co.)
Colquitt
Cordele First
Doerun
Hatley
Leesburg
Leila
New Lowell
Providence (Brooks Co.)
 
Fully Connectional Churches
Also recognized were those churches that were fully connectional in 2020 by giving 100% or more of their apportionments. Click here to view a full list.
 
Mission Giving
 
Second Mile Giving

Second Mile Giving is an exciting and significant element of the stewardship program within our connectional system at both the General Church and Conference levels. One official Second Mile Giving program within The United Methodist Church is The Advance for Christ and His Church. In 1948, the General Conference launched the Advance as a call to Christians to help rebuild a world shattered by World War II.
 
The first mile, or priority, continues to be for local churches to fulfill their commitment to the World Service Fund, Conference Benevolences, and other apportioned funds. Second mile stewardship through The Advance fosters partnerships between those who give and those who receive. Through Advance gifts, persons determine and support their own individual and local congregation’s giving priorities.

Conference Advance Specials are projects geographically located within the boundary of the South Georgia Conference. They have been screened by the Conference Outreach Team and authorized by the South Georgia Conference to solicit support from local churches.

Three Star Churches

Local churches are challenged by the Conference Outreach Team to achieve stars of excellence in Second Mile Giving by:

  • sharing faithfully in the total mission of the church by paying 100% of all apportionments.
  • investing a minimum of $25 in at least one fruitful ministry listed in each of the Six Lanes of the Advance,
  • and extending bold support of at least one ministry listed in the PLUS lane.
Click here to view a list of Three Star Churches for 2020.

Carruth Mission Awards

The Carruth Mission Awards were inaugurated in honor of Rev. Carlton and Mrs. Augusta Carruth for their many years of faithful service and support of missions.

Highest Total Given to Missions: St. Luke, Columbus
Highest Per Capita Given to Missions: Wesley (Howard Charge)

The churches with the highest total given to missions in each district were:
Coastal: Isle of Hope
North Central: Perry
Northeast: Statesboro First
Northwest: St. Luke (Columbus)
South Central: Tifton First
Southwest: Porterfield
 
The churches with the highest per capita given to missions in each district were:
Coastal: Odum
North Central: Danville 
Northeast: Zoar
Northwest: Wesley (Howard Charge)
South Central: Hebardville
Southwest: Morningside, Albany
 
Giving to Agencies

Magnolia Manor
Top 10 Supporting Churches: Americus First, Vineville, Vienna, Cairo First, Leslie, Park Avenue, Albany First, St. Luke (Columbus), St. Simons, Skidaway Island

Methodist Home for Children and Youth
Top 10 Giving Churches (amount given): Vineville, Mulberry Street, Tifton First, St. Marys, Vienna, Wesley Monumental, Perry, Gray, Martha Bowman, Hawkinsville First
Top 10 Giving Churches (per capita): Wesley, Box Springs, Mauk, Danville, Sardis, Alston, Linton, Vienna, Asbury, Ellis Chapel

Open Door Community House, Inc.
The Mrs. Butch Deaton "Living the Vision" Award: Rev. Ronnie Culpepper, Board Member
Outstanding Financial Stewardship in Charitable Contributions: St. Paul UMC (highest giving) and St. Luke UMC, Columbus (highest giving per capita)

Wesley Glen
Top 10 Churches in Total Giving: St. Paul, Vineville, Statesboro First, Martha Bowman, Forest Hills, Dublin First, Porterfield Memorial, Isle of Hope, Gray, Fairhaven

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