Mission Congregations

“And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!”

Ephesians 3:8-10

The above passage in Ephesians reflects very well our common purpose to assure the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the South Carolina Lutheran Synod and the world. Your partnership and mission support have provided needed resources to strengthen and to develop New Mission Starts in South Carolina.

New Mission Starts are the evangelical expression of all of our congregations as one church. It is a means in which we live out our baptismal vocation as community to make God’s redeeming love known to All.

Throughout this page are definitions used to identify our New Mission Starts in South Carolina; from a stage of exploration to becoming an organized congregation. Listed under each definition are our missions with the name of our developers, contact information and worship times. Please consider adding these New Start Missions to your congregation’s prayer list, send a letter or plan a visit to encourage and support your New Mission Starts!

In Christ,

Reverend Rick Carter
Director for Evangelical Mission
ELCA South Carolina Synod

Synodically Authorized Worshipping Community Exploration (SAWC Exploration) — the beginning stages of exploration of a particular field, usually part-time, no gathered community at all at this stage. This is a short-term grant that equips the identified mission developer to do an appropriate area assessment that will yield key information and strategic recommendations for ministry development in that setting. Generally, a leader or team or leaders guide this short-term process for about six months and work with their Director for Evangelical Mission and Synod.

Recovery Ministry Exploration

Research Developer, Mr. Dean Slade

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

The purpose of this exploration is to determine the feasibility of planting a community of worship focused toward reaching those who have struggled with addiction, abuse, loss of relationships, acceptance and/or anything that have been obstacles in their lives to feeling wholeness.

Synodically Authorized Worshipping Community (SAWC) — a ministry approved by the synod, affirmed by ELCA Domestic Mission that is exploring a particular ministry field. While there are some SAWCs that are part time (snow birds, etc.) most are intended to become Congregations Under Development or move to organization. SAWCs are based on the Bylaws and tradition of the ELCA Constitution.

Our Non-traditional New Mission Starts

Non-traditional New Mission Starts are those worshipping communities that are not located in traditional settings, i.e., worship times and location may vary and these ministries often have specific context or focus.

The Journey, A Performing Arts Ministry

Mission Developer, Minister LaVone Griffin

The Journey is a ministry of Word and Sacrament that is ecumenical and collaborative in nature, i.e., through art of drama, the message of Christ’s reconciling love is portrayed in dramatic fashion to congregations by many volunteers. A schedule of dates, times and titles of productions each year can be obtained by contacting Minister Griffin.

For more information regarding the New Mission Start, The Journey,
Contact: Minister LaVone Griffin, Email: Lavone.griffin62@gmail.com

New Life

Mission Developer, Vicar Carl Taylor
Located: Department of Juvenile Justice

The focus of New Life, in collaboration with the DJJ Chaplain, is to assist the Chaplain in ministry and work directly with Youth by facilitating the Positive Change Program.

For more information regarding the New Mission Start, New Life
Contact: Vicar Carl Taylor, Email: pastortaylor99@gmail.com

Our Latino Mission Congregations

Cristo Rey

Mission Developer, The Reverend Jorge Leone
Located: St. David Lutheran Church,
132 St. David’s Church Road, West Columbia, SC 29170

Worship Time: 5:00PM

Cristo Rey also provides two additional preaching points in the Gaston and Pelion communities.

Cristo Rey, Pelion (First Sunday of Every Month)
Worship Time: 10:00AM

Cristo Rey, Gaston (Last Sunday of Every Month)
Worship Time: 10:00AM

Sagrada Familia

Mission Developer, The Reverend Jorge Leone
Located: 6904 Satchelford Road, Columbia, SC 29206

Worship Time: 1:20PM

For more information regarding the New Mission Starts of Cristo Rey and Sagrada Familia
Contact: The Reverend Jorge Leone, Email: lacleart@yahoo.com

Nuestro Salvador

Mission Developer, The Reverend Alejandro Mejia
Located: 2600 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29615

Worship Time: 1:00PM

For more information regarding the New Mission Start, Nuestro Salvador
Contact: The Reverend Alejandro Mejia, Email: pastoralejandro@bellsouth.net

Our Congregations Under Development

Christ Mission

Mission Developer: The Reverend Leroy Cannon
Located: 1323 Winyah Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

Worship Time: 10:00AM

Christ Mission is our newest Organized Congregation in South Carolina. When a SAWC organizes, it remains in Mission Status for three additional years. The goal is to assist with financial grants (the amount of grants are reduced each year) as the congregation moves to self-sustainability.

For more information regarding the New Mission Start, Christ Mission,
Contact: The Reverend Leroy Cannon, Email: revlcann@bellsouth.net

Christ Community Lutheran of North Charleston

Mission Developer: The Reverend Wayne Young (Interim)
Located: 8315 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418

Worship Time: 10:00AM

For more information regarding the New Mission Start, Christ Community Lutheran of North Charleston,
Contact: The Reverend Wayne Young, Email: wayneyoung1022@ntinet.com

This is Christ’s Church. There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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