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Rural churches

Rural South Carolina churches find strength in numbers

By Edward Terry

Reprinted from The Layman, January 5, 2010

CLINTON, S.C. – A group of 15 Presbyterian churches in rural South Carolina have learned, as the old saying goes, there is strength in numbers.

Begun nearly 20 years ago, the Greater Laurens County Cluster of Churches (GLC3) has helped the group of small congregations pool their resources for the greater good in their community and the Kingdom.
“The key is having a vision that reaches beyond yourself and is bigger than any one of the participating congregations,” said the Rev. Herb Codington of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Clinton, S.C. “Some of our small churches would say that the cluster has re-energized them. People started dreaming again at some of our churches.”

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