Welcome to the
Presbytery of New Harmony

The Mission of the Presbytery of New Harmony is to strengthen, nurture, and sustain its congregations and ministers, and to participate in the wider mission of the church through its higher governing bodies.

The Presbytery of New Harmony, a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is situated along the northeastern coast of South Carolina. We have 7,644 members across 11 counties in South Carolina. The presbytery office, located in Florence, supports 66 congregations and 80 resident ministers.

Please feel free to browse our website to find out more about us.

If you cannot find what you're looking for, please feel free to contact us at the addresses listed

Presbytery of New Harmony
PO Box 4025
Florence, SC
Phone  843-662-8411
Fax      843-665-1408


Contact staff:

Creating Child & Youth
rotection Policies

Please join leaders from First Presbyterian Church, Cheraw, who have recently been through the process of developing a child & youth protection policy for that congregation. 

The Book of Order mandates that each council of the church (session, mid-council, & general assembly) have such a policy. 

The Education & Nurture Ministry believes that this will be a helpful and practical workshop, utilizing the gifts and experience of these leaders.

Click here for registration information.

Mediation Skills Training Institute
March 12-16, 2018
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church
Columbia, SC
Are you experiencing conflict in your church or community?  If not, you will in the future, since conflict is a normal part of life.  To be prepared, come to the Mediation Skills Training Institute to learn skills to transform conflict and prevent it from becoming destructive.  
The Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI) is useful for judicatory leaders, clergy,  pastors in transition/interim ministry, lay leaders - anyone who works with people! MSTI also:
  • Provides 32 hours of continuing education
  • Trains participants to help prevent destructive conflict from arising, in addition to mediating existing conflicts.
  • Equips participants to lead workshops on "Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches," using LMPC training materials.
[View the complete information.]


Digest of Ninetieth Stated Meeting of
the Presbytery of New Harmony

  • Collected 336 POUNDS OF FOOD for Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach. 
  • Was led in worship by The Reverend Joyce Lieberman, Synod of South Atlantic Executive/Stated Clerk.
  • Approved Commissioned Pastors (formerly CREs) for recommissioning; dissolved the call of The Rev. Jill Isola as associate pastor of First Presbyterian, Hartsville, and transferred her to the Presbytery of Western Carolina; concurred with the retirement request of The Rev. Dr. Bruce Ford and held a service of honorable retirement; approved Minimum Terms of Call for Installed Pastors 2018. 
  • Concurred with Administrative Council to allow Camping Ministry to pursue separate 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporation; to approve changes in Accounting Policies & Procedures Manual to reflect changes in credit card processing procedures on second reading; to approve on first reading the 2018 Operating Budget of $1,212,217 in receipts and $1,217,573 in disbursements; to approve on first reading changes and the organizational structure to support future organization and operations under the theme, "Making Christ Known;" to allow the Executive Presbyter, Associate Executive Presbyter, Administrative Council Moderator, and Presbytery Moderator to form a Vision Implementation Team prior to the second reading; to approve the sale of McDowell Presbyterian Church to St. John Missionary Baptist Church for $170,000; to allow the Administrative Council and Transition Task Force to seek and contract with a Transitional Executive Presbyter, and a Bridge Interim if needed. 
  • Heard special orders from Joyce Lieberman, Executive and Stated Clerk of Synod of South Atlantic; Clark Simmons of the Board of Pensions; and Lisa Culpepper on the Mission Trip to Greece.   
  • Approved Nominations from the Nominating Committee. 
  • Received reports from CPM and Program Council, which included Presbyterian Men golf trophy presentation and updates from Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center. 
  • Received reports from Administrative Commissions for Celebration Presbyterian Church, New Harvest Presbyterian Church, and Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church, which included a recommendation to dissolve that Administrative Commission.

You may download the bulletin insert for use with your congregation. 


Congregational Development Ministry Offering Grants for
Positive and Inspiring Programs

The Congregation Development Ministry is one of the Program Ministries of New Harmony Presbytery and it is here to partner with your congregation. We stand ready to assist churches with their needs and requests. In recent history, many of these have been centered on emergencies, maintenance problems, salary shortfalls and other items that disrupt the mission and ministry of our congregations. In 2017, we are planning to offer assistance in other ways also. The CDM encourages you to apply for grants to do positive and inspiring programs in your church or community. These grants will typically be $2,000.00 each but we will consider any and all requests.
We do not know where you might go with this help, but we want your congregation to do something that will bring honor to our Lord and people to His service. These grants may be the encouragement you need to begin a new ministry or undertake a new mission effort. We would love to be a part of these plans.
We promise to pray for you and your church and to stand with you as you move forward in ministry. It is our sincere hope that all of us can begin to think positively about our denomination, its mission, and its future. We pray that you will know the joy of a connected and responsive presbytery.
We have applications available for you to use so that you can communicate the information that we need. These applications may be found on the presbytery's website after the first of the new year. Please contact me, Johnny Dennis, or Julie Cox with questions or for additional information.
May Our Lord Bless You,
John W. Dennis, Jr.
Congregational Development Ministry



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