The Department of Social Ministries serves the Diocese by inspiring and equipping church members to be faithful stewards of their God-given gifts of time, talent, and treasure to:
· Love their neighbor as Jesus first loved us (John 15:12).
· Make Christian disciples of all people (Matthew 28:19-20).
Communication & Awareness
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· Upcoming Social Ministry Events and
· Social Ministry Opportunities.
Next Steps of South Carolina (NSSC)
The Next Step Program is a self-help program that promotes change, dignity, and self-reliance in people who are in need. View a 3-minute video describing the Program. Using the Next Steps Library at and the Next Steps Database we train church members of all Christian denominations in the inner cities and rural counties of South Carolina to organize NSSC Affiliates. The Affiliates then operate the Next Step Program in their community to help the generational and situational poor to improve their lives and become active members in their churches.
We donate seed money to churches and social ministries to pay for a portion of the costs for events, e.g., special projects, gatherings, retreats, and workshops, designed to raise awareness and inspire direct church and individual support of social ministries. Funding recipients may use ministry money to pay for a portion of costs associated with publicity, speakers, refreshments, music, and/or entertainment. Ministry money is not to be used for operation and maintenance of the ministry. Using these financial guidelines, we help social ministries within the Diocese that address aging, criminal justice, disabilities, disaster, education, emergency, environmental stewardship, health, HIV/AIDS, homeless, housing, hunger, peace and justice, and poverty.
South Carolina Christian Action Council (SCCAC)
We represent our Diocese on the SCCAC’s Board of Directors. SCCAC serves as a catalyst for social justice through public policy advocacy, Christian unity and inter-religious dialogue, and racial and cultural healing. SCCAC membership is among 16 denominations and 21 regional judicatories, including 4,500 congregations, in South Carolina.
Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM)
The Charleston Area Justice Ministry participate with 25 interfaith congregations in the Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley County working cooperatively to identify and help resolve social injustices, e.g., inadequate public education, lack of affordable housing, and inaccessible health care, that secular systems impose on the marginalized living in their communities.
Department of Social Ministries
Deacon Ed Dyckman, Chair