South Georgia churches are Alive Together in Christ through mission, ministry and evangelism

6/7/2018

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

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, and the best ratio of professions of faith with regard to membership.
 
Statesboro First UMC was the overall conference leader with the largest net gain in membership. St. Luke UMC in Columbus led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith, and Centerville UMC in Early County had the best ratio of professions of faith in the conference.
 
The churches with the largest net gain in membership in each district in 2017 were:
Coastal: ConneXion
North Central: Howard Chapel
Northeast: Hopewell (Glennville)
Northwest: Pierce Chapel
South Central: Park Avenue
Southwest: Thomasville First
 
The churches with the largest number of professions of faith in each district in 2017 were:
Coastal: Richmond Hill
North Central: Crossroads (Perry)
Northeast: Vidalia First
Northwest: St. Luke (Columbus)
South Central: Valdosta First       
Southwest: Thomasville First
 
The churches with the best ratio of professions of faith in each district in 2017 were:
Coastal: Gateway Community Effingham
North Central: Maple Springs
Northeast: Parker’s Chapel
Northwest: Wesley Chapel (Powersville)
South Central: Grace (Tifton)
Southwest: New Lowell
 
Every local church showing a net gain in membership for 2017 has been designated as an Evangelistically Fruitful Congregation. Click here to view a list of all Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations.

Fully Connectional Churches

Also celebrated were those churches that were fully connectional in 2017 by giving 100% or more of their apportionments. Click here to view a full list.

Mission Giving

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 2017.
 
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 UMC
(Columbus)
Highest Per Capita Given to Missions: Pierce Chapel UMC (Nahunta)
 
The churches with the highest total given to missions in each district were:
Coastal: Isle of Hope
North Central: Harvest                     
Northeast: Statesboro First
Northwest: St. Luke (Columbus)
South Central: Park Avenue         
Southwest: Porterfield
 
The churches with the highest per capita given to missions in each district were:
Coastal: Pierce Chapel UMC (Nahunta)
North Central: Danville         
Northeast: Alston
Northwest: Wesley (Howard)
South Central: Friendship (Bacon Co)
Southwest: Morningside (Albany)

Giving to Agencies

Methodist Home for Children and Youth


Top Churches in Giving: Uvalda, Vienna, Vineville, Tifton First, Wesley Monumental, Perry, Gray, Mulberry Street, Statesboro, Cordele First
Top Churches in Giving Per Capita: Uvalda, Danville, Bethel (Baldwin Ct), Sardis (Lumpkin), Wesley (Howard), Pierce Chapel, Alston, Maple Springs, Vienna, Mauk
 
Wesley Glen
Top Churches in Giving: Statesboro First, St. Paul, Martha Bowman, Vineville, Forest Hills, Riverside, Gray, Mulberry Street, Isle of Hope, Beulah (Worth County)
Top Churches in Giving Per Capita: Surrency, Barney, Beulah (Worth County), Dixon, Allentown, Fair Haven, Bold Springs, Friendship (Alma), Wesley (Howard Charge), Wesley Chapel (Ft. Gaines)
Harry Jackson Group of the Year: Vineville UMC Fifth Grade Vacation Bible School
Ministry Partnership: Riverside UMC
 
Magnolia Manor 


Top 10 Supporting Churches: Americus First, St. Marys, Cairo, Statesboro First, Albany First, Leslie, Vineville, Cordele First, Isle of Hope, Park Avenue
 
Open Door Community House, Inc.
The Mrs. Butch Deaton "Living the Vision" Award: Mrs. Faye Melton
Outstanding Financial Stewardship in Charitable Contributions: Wynnton UMC (highest giving) and St. Luke UMC (highest giving per capita)