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Evangelistic Outreach

The mission of the Evangelistic Outreach Committee is to spread God’s Word through special events and ministries that allow members of Bethany UMC to interact with non-religious and nominally religious people both in and outside our community. The Evangelistic Outreach committee also provides financial support to missionaries in South America, Pakistan, and the United States.

In the very neighborhoods where we live, there are many people living around us who are not active members of a church. Of this group, many have no religious affiliation at all. The mission of the Local Evangelistic Outreach (LEO) Committee is to consider how the church can reach out to people in such a compelling way, that those who are outside of Christianity are drawn into the faith and fellowship of God’s people.

LEO takes part in furthering such Bethany ministries as the Bethany booth and picnic grounds during Summerville’s annual Flowertown Festival and the Living Christmas Story.

The very heart of the Church’s mission, given to the disciples as our Lord was ascending into heaven, is to go into “all the world” and make disciples of all nations… (Matthew 28:16).

The central ministry of our church is the work of making disciples, both at home and around the world, but how does the church recruit missionaries? How do we support those in the field? How do we teach the people about the centrality of the ministry of disciple making? How will Bethany be involved in “Great Commission” ministries? Those are the questions addressed by the Global Evangelistic Outreach Committee.

Local Missions

The mission of Local Missions is to spread God’s love by providing help and assistance to individuals and families in need of basic necessities within the local community. Proceeds from the annual Bethany Tea Room are used by Local Missions to provide financial support to area non-profit agencies.

All around us every day there are people in need: the poor, the blind, the lame, the homeless. It is the Church responsibility to respond to the needs of people in our community. The Local Missions Committee works to identify the needs of people who reside in the Charleston and Summerville areas and to coordinate programs to meet those needs.

Through the support of the congregation of Bethany, the Local Missions Committee has established many programs to aid the elderly, the disabled and the poor.

  • Ramp It Up – Program to repair the homes and build wheelchair ramps for the poor and disabled
  • Thanksgiving Baskets – To more than 125 families. These baskets consist of all the necessary food for preparing a Thanksgiving meal.
  • Angel Tree – Providing toys and clothing to disadvantaged children at Christmas
  • Hands of Christ – Providing school supplies to poor children both Dorchester School Districts 2 and 4.

Local Missions provides financial support to many local nonprofit agencies in our community:

  • My Sisters House
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Help of Summerville
  • Children In Crisis


Global Missions

The mission of the Global Missions committee is to share God’s love both nationally and internationally by providing disaster relief, community development and by funding homebuilding and repair. Global Missions members participate in annual foreign mission trips to countries around the world and in the United States.

Jesus instructed us to care about the physical needs of the people he described as, “the least of these” (Matthew 25:31). Christians must care about the needs of people who are hungry, naked or otherwise in need around the world. How does the church raise awareness of the needs of persons? How do we develop ministries and funding to respond to those needs? How do we enlist our people in becoming more involved in this kind of ministry? Those are the issues Bethany’s Global Missions Committee seeks to answer.

The committee works closely with the S.C. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) to identify critical needs of people locally, nationally and internationally, and to address those needs through mission trips and projects.

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