An Opportunity

An Opportunity

March 15, 2017

Dear Buncombe Street Family,

For more than a month now, we have been communicating with the Buncombe Street family about an opportunity to expand our footprint for Christ in Greenville. The Annual Conference has asked BSUMC to consider “adopting” Trinity UMC on Augusta Street as a second campus of Buncombe Street. If our church agrees to the adoption, a minister will be appointed to Buncombe Street with a primary responsibility for the Trinity Campus.

Thus far, we have communicated through “Constant Contact,” which is an internet-based service that allows us to keep our church family up to date on a variety of special events and ministries. However, each member must sign up to be included on the Constant Contact mailing list, and many of our congregation have not done so. If you would like to receive e-mail notifications from us, please go to and scroll to the bottom of the page. On the far right is a link titled, “Sign Up for Our E-Newsletter.” By clicking this link and following the prompts, you will be added to our Constant Contact list. All of the prior communications about the proposed Trinity adoption can be found on the church’s website at

A due diligence team has been working tirelessly to discern what this adoption will mean to the ministry of Buncombe Street, including ministry expansion, membership development and most importantly, expanding our footprint for Christ in Greenville. You will have two opportunities to hear from the due diligence team, the District Superintendent, the Director of Congregational Development and me about what we are dreaming. These informational meetings will be held in the Sanctuary on Sunday, March 26, following the 11:00 AM worship services and again on Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30 PM. The meetings will cover the same information, so you only need to come to one but are welcome to join us for both. Childcare will be provided during all of the meetings. On the following Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 12:00 noon, a Church Conference will be held in Sisk Hall at Buncombe Street to decide whether we will accept this challenge. Every member of the Church is a member of a Church Conference and will be eligible to vote on the proposal. Ballots will be distributed at the Church Conference and will be counted immediately following the vote.

I want you to know that the Buncombe Street staff is excited about this opportunity to extend the reach of our congregation beyond our walls to a new campus. There is a spirit of challenge and enthusiasm at being offered this new way “To Be and To Make Disciples of Christ.” No one expects that it will be easy, but the truly important things we do rarely are.

On March 19, we will have a time of prayer during our morning worship services. During the 11:00 AM worship hour, our traditional and contemporary services will coordinate our prayer time with those worshiping at Trinity UMC, and as one body, we will ask for God’s will in this venture.

I hope you will be in prayer every day to seek God’s plan for the future of Buncombe Street UMC and Trinity UMC. If you are opposed to the effort to “adopt” Trinity, please pray that God will show us a better way to expand our footprint for Christ.


Bob Howell
Senior Pastor