Alive Together in Witness through mission, ministry & evangelism

8/17/2020

Churches throughout the conference continue to demonstrate the ways they are Alive Together in Witness 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.

Harvest UMC was the overall conference leader with the largest net gain in membership, and St. Luke in Columbus led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith.
 
The churches with the largest net gain in membership in each district in 2019 were:

Coastal: Richmond Hill
North Central: Harvest
Northeast: Statesboro First
Northwest: Pierce Chapel (Midland)
South Central: Park Avenue
Southwest: Thomasville First
 
The churches with the largest number of professions of faith in each district in 2019 were:

Coastal: Isle of Hope
North Central: Crossroads (Perry)
Northeast: Statesboro First
Northwest: St. Luke (Columbus)
South Central: Park Avenue
Southwest: Porterfield Memorial
 
The churches with the best ratio of professions of faith in each district in 2019 were:

Coastal: Nahunta
North Central: Longstreet
Northeast: Ailey
Northwest: Graves
South Central: Gilchrist Park
Southwest: Ozell
 
Every local church showing a net gain in membership for 2019 has been designated an Evangelistically Fruitful Congregation. Click here to view a list of all Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations.

Fully Connectional Churches
Also recognized were those churches that were fully connectional in 2019 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 2019.

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: Pine Forest
Northeast: Statesboro First
Northwest: Pierce Chapel, Midland
South Central: Nashville
Southwest: Albany First
 
The churches with the highest per capita given to missions in each district were:

Coastal: Pierce Chapel, Nahunta
North Central: Rogers 
Northeast: Zoar
Northwest: Trinity, Shellman
South Central: Chula
Southwest: Morningside, Albany

Giving to Agencies

Magnolia Manor 


Top 10 Supporting Churches: Americus First, Vienna, St. Luke (Columbus), Cairo First, Leslie, Albany First, Vineville, Isle of Hope, Park Avenue, St. Simons 

Open Door Community House, Inc.
The Mrs. Butch Deaton "Living the Vision" Award: Mr. Tyson Begly, Board Member
Outstanding Financial Stewardship in Charitable Contributions: Pierce Chapel UMC, Midland (highest giving) and St. Luke UMC, Columbus (highest giving per capita)