Organizing S.C. Churches for Children

The 2013 South Carolina Annual Conference (UMC) started on Sunday, June 9, 2013 with the theme "A More Excellent Way."  As the Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty in South Carolina begins to launch efforts to renew and empower congregations, members are encouraged to find a more excellent way to reach children in poverty.  The Task Group met the end of April and discussed how to get the word out about the plight of children, as well as how to get churches involved.  State Senator John Matthews told the group, "Most churches spend 99 percent of their time taking care of their needs and don't have much left for community needs.  Children represent 25 percent of the population but 100 percent of the future."

Reaching out through this campaign reminds each of us to care for children in the way God calls us.  All children have a basic need and right to know that God loves them infinitely and that God seeks for them a life of joy, hope, and meaning. Many South Carolina churches provide significant ministries for children but the time is right to do more, and  we need to do a better job at educating congregations about the needs of children and the poor. Task Group member, Bishop Jack Meadors (retired), has said, "Children have no money and can't vote.   We need to be their advocate and engage in ministries to improve their life.”  South Carolina United Methodists are seeking  "A More Excellent Way!" ~ Martha F. Thompson, Campaign Liaison

Visit the 'Be Involved' page to see how congregations and annual conferences are reporting on their faith in action for children in poverty.


Reading the Campaign booklet is a first step for becoming familiar with this initiative. It offers information and resources to encourage your activism. It can be viewed and downloaded at The Campaign page.

We hope that you will contribute information about your work with children. Descriptions of your ministries will be helpful to others who want to deepen their involvement to care for children in poverty.

You can influence the Campaign’s effectiveness.  Be involved.  Offer your ideas.  Encourage others.

Trusting in God, we dare to envision a world in which every child experiences love, care, and hope. Together we can be the difference in the lives of children in poverty.



More Annual Conferences Join Campaign

August 2017:  Welcome Dakotas Conference UMC where Rev. Rebecca Trefz is the Campaign liaison, and the Minnesota Conference where Rev. Lyndy Zabel is the liaison.

Welcome new liaisons

Spring 2016: We are delighted to welcome the Rev. LaVeatrice Crockrum as liaison with Birmingham Region (Alabama) of CME, and Ms. Judith Yohane representing AME Malawi Central, Malawi North, Malawi South, Central Zimbabwe, Northeast Zimbabwe and Southwest Zimbabwe Annual Conferences!

More Annual Conferences Join Campaign

December 2015: Welcome Nigerian Annual Conference (CME), Rev. Koko Sunday Daniel, liaison; Liberia Annual Conference (CME), Rev. Christian Keller, liaison; Ghana/Togo Conference (CME), Rev. Sampson Fianko, liaison)


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