Advocate Awareness Day
This spring, the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate will hold its annual Advocate Awareness Sunday, an effort to introduce United Methodists across South Carolina to the newspaper ministry.
This year’s Advocate Awareness Sunday is May 14, 2023.
The Advocate has a number of items for churches and others to share, including talking points, bulletin inserts, a video, and more (see below).
“The Advocate is a great way to help churches be connectional and know what is going on in the denominations across the state, but not everyone knows about the Advocate,” said Editor Jessica Brodie. “We hope our readers will do what they can to spread the word so our newspaper continues to thrive for future generations.”
Founded as the Southern Christian Advocate, the Advocate was first commissioned by the General Conference of 1836 to be published in Charleston, one of three papers authorized by that conference. Highly respected across the denomination, it is currently the oldest newspaper in Methodism and has won 123 journalism excellence awards in the last decade.
The Advocate’s mission is to inform and connect South Carolina United Methodists by independently reporting relevant news, engaging readers, providing a forum for dialogue, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is independent but receives funding from the South Carolina Conference of the UMC and other sources, including subscriptions, ads and donations. It also operates a successful Christian book publishing arm.
Resources for you for Advocate Awareness Day:
“Do You Read the Advocate?” blurb to copy/paste into your bulletin
A brief video (watch on YouTube or Vimeo, or download from Vimeo)
Speakers (request here)
Subscription envelopes (request here)
Bulletin inserts to download, print and pop right into your Sunday bulletin (5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ two-up)
Talking points for you to read to your church
To talk to the Advocate about speaking at your church, contact Jessica Brodie at [email protected] or 803-807-0018.