Greenup 1st UMC Adopts Cooperative Parish Model
The Greenup 1st UMC adopted the cooperative parish model effective June 27, 2021, pursuant to the Book of Discipline, Section 205-206, 2016. "Local churches, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit may enhance their witness to another and to the world by showing forth the love of Jesus Christ through forms of mutual cooperation with another local church." In this case the Greenup 1st UMC has partnered with the the Vanceburg UMC in a cooperative parish. Each church has a ministry in difference aspects of substance use disorders. The Greenup church offers two evidence-based programs known as Celebrating Families and Strengthening Families.The Greenup church offers Celebrating Families during the fall and Strengthening Families during the winter. The Vanceburg church offers a substance use disorder worship service. Each church participates in this shared ministry yet preserves the autonomy of each congregation. District Superintendent Brad Smart said this type of arrangement is very rare in the Kentucky United Methodist Conference. In addition, DS Rev. Smart emphasized that this arrangement is not a two-point charge so often used in the church. Deacon Rev. Dr. Nancy Preston will pastor the Greenup church and Rev. Bob Sweeney will pastor the Vanceburg church. Once a month each pastor will swap pulpits with Rev. Preston preaching in Vanceburg and Rev. Sweeney preaching and offering communion in Greenup.
Rev. Ronnie Highland who previously pastored the Greenup church, has been transfered to Anton UMC in western Kentucky where he will continue his theological studies, be closer to his original home in Corinth, Mississippi, and serve the Anton UMC congregation. Rev. Highland faithfully served the Greenup UMC for two years. We wish him all of our best wishes and prayers.