If you are a business owner, trying to handle your company’s IT issues on your own is like trying to find your way home on a boat without navigation tools. Sure, some folks on board might be able to figure out which way is north, but without a map, guidance, and a comprehensive plan, you will be floating along until something catastrophic happens.
That is where ITS comes in – we work as a life raft for businesses trying to navigate the waters of IT without any experience or tools at their disposal. We do this by working as a team to provide our clients with a wide range of customized IT computer services in Sullivan's Island, SC from hardware and software management to network maintenance and VOIP solutions.
At ITS, our commitment is to you and your business. We like to think of our client relationships as partnerships. You can rest easy knowing that you are partnering with a privately owned company that has been in business since 2003. We employ a well-versed team of highly-trained professionals holding many of the top certifications in the IT industry.
While we hold many national certifications, we are proud to say that we are locals. Unlike some companies, you will have one point of contact at ITS. We work onsite at your business, giving you the chance to meet us face-to-face, while we provide you with a full range of computer support in Sullivan's Island, SC.
Suppose saving money and boosting productivity is what your business needs. In that case, ITS’ fully managed computer support in Sullivan's Island, SC provides your business with a full-time, outsourced IT department at a fixed price, so you don’t have to build an in-house solution. We’re talking support for ALL internet, backup, Cloud networking, security, hardware, and software. ITS here to support your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our technicians keep every aspect of your infrastructure in working order, so you can focus on running your day-to-day operations while we wipe away your IT capital expenses. With ITS’ CompleteCloud, your IT department scales based on your businesses’ growth.
Peace of mind is paramount if you are a business owner who needs to build or relocate your IT setup. Fortunately, ITS’ Build and Design team can move your existing IT infrastructure or relocate new IT infrastructure deployments, so that you can concentrate on serving your customers. We’ll handle all the heavy lifting!
ITS helps with every aspect of your large-scale IT project, from the design and implementation of IT hardware to assistance with project budgeting. Here is a quick summary of our New Construction and Relocation computer services in Sullivan's Island, SC:
Companies that don’t plan for or that underfund their compliance assessments will often suffer as a result. If your company is facing severe delays, incorrect scope of cardholder data environment, or even non-compliance relating to HIPAA, HITECH, or PCI DSS, ITS can help.
Our Gap Analysis and readiness audits have helped many companies achieve compliance quickly. We help you meet compliance by:
Accurately interpreting compliance legislation is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be with ITS by your side.
You have probably heard of the Cloud, but did you know that moving your network, storage, and servers to a virtual platform can mean substantial cost savings, increased security, improved disaster recovery, and automatic updates?
ITS’ Cloud specialists will work closely with you to develop a migration strategy so that all of your on-premises data is safely and securely transitioned to the Cloud. With our ongoing support, your journey to the Cloud will be successful and seamless.
Data theft. Malicious viruses. Ransomware attacks. Whether you own a small business or a large enterprise, cyber attacks ruin hardworking entrepreneurs every day. Cybersecurity threats are serious, and ITS is serious about protecting your business from them. With ITS’ sophisticated network defense strategies, you can protect your organization, your employees, and your customers from any cybersecurity threat.
Our cybersecurity computer solutions in Sullivan's Island, SC give you:
ITS also regularly updates your company’s antivirus software, firewalls, data breach tools, and more, so you can stress less and do what you do best – keeping your customers satisfied.
If you are having IT issues but don’t see a solution to your problem on this page, don’t fret worry. Chances are, if you need IT assistance, we can help. We offer other services like Cabling & Racking, IT Vendor Management, vCIO Solutions, IT Backup and Disaster Recovery, Microsoft 365, IT Consulting and Strategy, and even Communication & Collaboration services for employees.
Have questions? It would be our pleasure to speak with you at your convenience so that we can learn more about your business, industry, and needs.
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Here’s a summertime treat for the adults: grown-up frozen beverages in Greenville, SC. If you were a huge fan of slushies, Slurpees, or other frozen drinks as a child; that sensation of drinking down a slurry of flavored ice crystals has a cathartic effect. As an adult, those frozen beverages are often spiked with wine or liquor, and make a great occasional treat after a long week of adulting. Kidding Around’s Melanie set out to find the most delicious frozen beverages in Greenville, SC. She’s bringing r...
Here’s a summertime treat for the adults: grown-up frozen beverages in Greenville, SC. If you were a huge fan of slushies, Slurpees, or other frozen drinks as a child; that sensation of drinking down a slurry of flavored ice crystals has a cathartic effect. As an adult, those frozen beverages are often spiked with wine or liquor, and make a great occasional treat after a long week of adulting.
Kidding Around’s Melanie set out to find the most delicious frozen beverages in Greenville, SC. She’s bringing readers the top spots to sit down and relax with a froséor other frozen adult beverage!
I remember like it was yesterday. Someone on social media had posted about a frozen drink on Instagram and it looked amazing. What was this magical drink she spoke of? A frosty beverage of frozen rose and some extra ingredients all swirled together into a marvelous creation, and it was calling my name.
Sadly, the spot that inspired a love of these occasional treats no longer exists in Greenville. However, the anonymous social media personality and I are now friends in real life, and have had other food-inspired adventures together that include the occasional hunt for a good frosé.
Finding a frosé in Greenville is a little bit more challenging than in places like Charleston, where they seem to be found all around town. They do exist in the Upstate, and here’s where you can enjoy a sweet glass of frozen wine even if you aren’t a huge fan of fermented grapes.
One of the newest residents of Gather GVL making it so that you can enjoy a frosty wine beverage with sushi, a philly cheesesteak, pasta, burgers, or any of the other cuisines that are offered from Gather GVL vendors! They offer a roatating flavor selection, that includes flights incase you can’t make up your mind.
Where better to find frosé than at Greenville’s very own Wine Vintner? CityScape Winery offers visitors farm-to-table frosé. Food truck Saturdays allow you to relax in a beautiful setting and enjoy the wine slushie made from local grapes. Reservations aren’t required, but space fills up so you can schedule a tasting on the City Scape Winery Website.
Grab the kids a scoop of gelato, grab a cafe table outside and then order a frosé from Luna Rosa’s Bar in the back. The kids will be happy, and the parents will be happy. It’s a win-win in the summer heat! You can also enjoy dinner before those scoops of gelato! See why we have Luna Rosa at the top of our list of places to dine when in Greenville, SC!
Another option that offers a variety of dining options to go with your frosé. Vaughn’s Warehouse has a raw bar, a German restaurant, tacos, and more. You can grab a frosé and then eat from one of the food vendors, giving you tons of options. They also have live music on the weekends and plenty of room for kids to run around. That will allow you to enjoy this frosty treat in peace. I recently tried the “blue raspberry frosé” from The Taphouse. I don’t know why, but artificially tinted blue drinks always look so refreshing.
If you haven’t been to Topsoil Kitchen & Market yet, this news should seal the deal. They have frosé on top of all the other wonderful things on their farm-to-table menu! Gather up some friends and head to brunch at Topsoil Kitchen & Market, so you can eat from their delicious regularly updated menu and enjoy a grown-up beverage.
Before there was frosé, there were other frozen cocktails that paved the way. There are places serving up unique frozen drinks in the Upstate that are perfect on a hot and humid day.
If you’re a fan of sweet and spicy, then the Mangonada Margarita from Mercado is calling your name. This re-invented Mexican treat is traditionally served as a raspado, or a sno-cone. The addition of tajin chili powder, and a tamarind candy-covered straw is what makes this a true mangonada! They also serve frozen pina coladas, and margaritas daily.
The Freezing Saucy Sangarita at Tacos and Blah Blah Bla is similar to a drink I first enjoyed at Disney Springs in Orlando. A frozen margarita swirled with sangria is the perfect treat at the end of a long week. Plus you get to eat the delicious tacos from Tacos and Blah Blah Bla, so it’s a win-win.
I’m embarrassed to admit that it took me years of living in South Carolina before I tried Cheerwine. However, once I tried the North Carolina-based beverage, I was a fan. I was thrilled to see that Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack offers Cheerwine whisky slushies to cool you down after eating that Nashville Hot Chicken. They also serve it sans the whisky for the kids, just don’t confuse the two.
The Home Team BBQ Frozen Irish coffee is Irish in name only, because it’s actually a multicultural iced coffee! If you’ve never had Vietnamese coffee, the Home Team cocktail is the perfect marriage of supercharged Vietnamese coffee and Irish whiskey!
They also serve a signature frozen drink called “The Game Changer” that includes fruit juices, cream of coconut, nutmeg, and two kinds of rum. I don’t know how to explain the flavor, except for that it’s delicious! If you aren’t sure, ask your server for a sample taste.
The Co-Op Charleston, SC: I feel it would be completely irresponsible for me to do an article about finding frozen drinks and frosé, and not mention this particular spot. Their social media pages have garnered fans from around the world, including people who will most likely never find themselves in the Palmetto State. The owner, Jess Patterson tells it like it is in his journal like posts on the Sullivan’s Island Co-Op account. His unfiltered, funny, quirky and honest approach to social media has turned this retired Manhattan stockbroker into the Frosé mogul of the Charleston area.
He often uses his platform to help the community, like recently offering deals to followers who shared a post about a young girl who was in desperate need of a kidney transplant.*As of publication Hope is still in need, so if you have ever considered being a donor, this young lady needs the generosity of strangers right now.
The fact that the Frosé at the Co-Op is mind-numbingly delicious is a delightful bonus when you consider that most places that have such a viral aspect to their social media need to do so to compensate for the product.That’s not the case here.
Do yourself a favor, and the next time you’re in the low country stop by and take a selfie in front of the #FreeBritney mural, grab a Frosé, and be nice to the help. Two of the young men working at the Co-Op just created a Co-Op Tik Tok where they re-enact bad yelp reviews. If this doesn’t make you love them more, I don’t know what will.
For more fun in the Charleston area when you go to enjoy a treat from the Co-Op, check out our Guide To Family Fun in Charleston.
ISLE OF PALMS — A group of Isle of Palms beachgoers were spotted shining lights on a nesting loggerhead sea turtle on July 24, scaring the mother back into the water before she could lay a clutch of eggs.The leader of a volunteer group that patrols the beach for new nests said it’s likely the same turtle returned to shore and laid a nest anyway just a few blocks away, but warned that members of the public should steer clear of mothers if they encounter them on the sand.Mary Pringle, of the Island Turtle Team, said t...
ISLE OF PALMS — A group of Isle of Palms beachgoers were spotted shining lights on a nesting loggerhead sea turtle on July 24, scaring the mother back into the water before she could lay a clutch of eggs.
The leader of a volunteer group that patrols the beach for new nests said it’s likely the same turtle returned to shore and laid a nest anyway just a few blocks away, but warned that members of the public should steer clear of mothers if they encounter them on the sand.
Mary Pringle, of the Island Turtle Team, said the group got a report of a crowd with phone lights trained on the female loggerhead over the weekend. The watchers didn’t touch the turtle or get closer than 10 feet to it, Pringle said, but the light and commotion was enough to scare the massive reptile and send her back to the ocean.
“If a turtle is not settled in and laying the eggs, she will definitely go back around and enter the water,” Pringle said. “People don’t know. In their defense, they’re just excited to see a turtle and don’t think.”
She thinks the same turtle laid a nest not far away because Pringle’s group measured the distance between flipper marks on the turtle’s tracks in the sand at the two locations, and they were the same.
Most turtle nests are protected by the volunteers who mark them on the beaches across South Carolina or move them to higher ground, if laid in a vulnerable spot. Bothering loggerhead sea turtles is a federal offense under the Endangered Species Act that can result in civil fines up to $25,000 and a year in jail, said Erin Weeks, a spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
But Charlotte Hope, a biologist with SCDNR’s marine turtle conservation program, said it’s uncommon for these cases to make it to trial. And, usually, people are just curious.
“It’s certainly very rare that we get people that are doing anything malicious. They just don’t know what they’re doing, and they walk up with a bright light, that kind of thing,” Hope said.
The more typical form of harassment is poaching of eggs from nests, she said. But it’s hard to track encounters with mothers, because turtles have “false crawls” all the time, where they scramble up on the beach and turn around without laying a nest, Hope said, often for no clear reason.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries section recommends removing beach equipment, picking up trash, filling in holes on the beach and not letting light shine on the sand at night, including from houses nearby. Beachgoers should never attempt to feed or touch a nesting turtle or hatchling and keep their distance.
Nesting season runs from May through October. As of June 26, there had been 32 nests on IOP and 13 on adjacent Sullivan’s Island, numbers Pringle called “a good season but not a bumper crop.” Across the state, 4,964 loggerhead nests have been laid so far.
Reach Chloe Johnson at 843-735-9985. Follow her on Twitter @_ChloeAJ.
Top juniors Ryan Colby (17; Alexandria, Va.) and Amelia Honer (18; Newtown, Pa.) each won singles titles at last week’s USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18s National Clay Court Championships to earn wild card entries into the 2021 US Open Junior Championships.The USTA National Clay Court Championships, one of five junior USTA National Championship events in 2021 that make up the USTA adidas Junior Championship Series, were held last week at seven locations across the country with singles and doubles competition ac...
Top juniors Ryan Colby (17; Alexandria, Va.) and Amelia Honer (18; Newtown, Pa.) each won singles titles at last week’s USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18s National Clay Court Championships to earn wild card entries into the 2021 US Open Junior Championships.
The USTA National Clay Court Championships, one of five junior USTA National Championship events in 2021 that make up the USTA adidas Junior Championship Series, were held last week at seven locations across the country with singles and doubles competition across the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age groups.
Colby, a Junior Tennis Champions Center product, was seeded No. 17 in the boys’ 18s draw and knocked off No. 9 seed Nicholas Heng (Madison, Ala.) in a straight-sets final win. The rising senior is a verbal commit to play college tennis at USC.
Meanwhile, the seventh-seeded duo of Lucas Brown (Plano, Texas) and Sebastian Sec (New York) brought home the boys’ 18s doubles title, defeating Alex Michelsen (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) and Conrad Brown (Irvine, Calif.) in the championship match.
In the girls’ 18s final, the ninth-seeded Honer cruised to a straight-sets victory over No. 8 seed Ariana Pursoo (Bay Shore, N.Y.), 6-4, 6-0. Honer, a recent high school graduate, will play college tennis next season at UC Santa Barbara. Pursoo also made the girls’ 18s doubles final alongside partner Seren Agar (Chatham, N.J.), as the duo fell to the sixth-seeded pair of Vivian Miller (Sullivan’s Island, S.C.) and Maddy Zampardo (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.).
Both 16s singles finals pitted Floridians against New Yorkers as Felipe Pinzon (Sunrise, Fla.) defeated No. 12 seed Ari Cotoulas (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, in the boys’ 16s final, while Kaitlin Quevedo (Naples, Fla.) knocked off No. 10 seed Tola Glowacka (Glen Head, N.Y.) in the final of the girls’ 16s draw, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Darwin Blanch (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) continued the winning ways for Floridians by claiming the boys’ 14s singles title, defeating top-seeded Braeden Gelletich (Goshen, N.Y.), while fourth-seeded Tianmei Wang (San Marino, Calif.) defeated No. 6 seed Claire Hill (Cary, N.C.) to win the girls’ 14s singles title.
Jack Secord (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Ciara Harding (Boca Raton, Fla.) wrapped up the prestigious list of singles champions, winning the boys’ and girls’ 12s titles, respectively. Harding was also a doubles finalist.
Finals results from the USTA National Clay Court Championships are below. The complete draws are available here.
Each year, more than 120,000 players compete in USTA junior tournaments. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. USTA junior tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want—high school, college or the pros—or just have fun competing.
USTA National Clay Court Championships – Boys’ 18s
Delray Beach, Fla., July 11-18
Singles: (17) Ryan Colby (Alexandria, Va.) d. (9) Nicholas Heng (Madison, Ala.), 7-6(4), 6-3
Doubles: (7) Lucas Brown (Plano, Texas) / Sebastian Sec (New York) d. (17) Alex Michelsen (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) / Conrad Brown (Irvine, Calif.), 6-3, 7-5
USTA National Clay Court Championships – Girls’ 18s
Mount Pleasant, S.C., July 11-18
Singles: (9) Amelia Honer (Newtown, Pa.) d. (8) Ariana Pursoo (Bay Shore, N.Y.), 6-4, 6-0
Doubles: (6) Vivian Miller (Sullivan’s Island, S.C.) / Maddy Zampardo (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) d. (11) Seren Agar (Chatham, N.J.) / Pursoo, 7-6(2), 6-2
USTA National Clay Court Championships – Boys’ 16s
Delray Beach, Fla., July 11-18
Singles: (17) Felipe Pinzon (Sunrise, Fla.) d. (12) Ari Cotoulas (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
Doubles: (10) Caden Hasler (American Fork, Utah) / Dylan Tsoi (Dorado Hills, Calif.) d. (1) Cooper Woestendick (Olathe, Kan.) / Stefan Regalia (Arlington, Va.), 4-6, 6-3 [10-2]
USTA National Clay Court Championships – Girls’ 16s
Huntsville, Ala., July 11-18
Singles: (33) Kaitlin Quevedo (Naples, Fla.) d. (10) Tola Glowacka (Glen Head, N.Y.), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles: Stephanie Yakoff (Fort Lee, N.J.) / Natalia Perez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) d. Maren Urata (La Canada Flintridge, Calif.) / Sophia Webster (El Segundo, Calif.), 6-2, 6-4
USTA National Clay Court Championships – Boys’ 14s
Miami Beach, Fla., July 11-18
Singles: (9) Darwin Blanch (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) d. (1) Braeden Gelletich (Goshen, N.Y.), 6-3, 6-3
Doubles: (14)Maximus Dussault (Stuart, Fla.) / Maxwell Exsted (Savage, Minn.) d. (4) Ian Mayew (Cary, N.C.) / Oliver Narbut (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 6-3, 7-6(4)
USTA National Clay Court Championships – Girls’ 14s
Plantation, Fla., July 11-18
Singles: (4) Tianmei Wang (San Marino, Calif.) d. (6) Claire Hill (Cary, N.C.), 7-5, 6-3
Doubles: (1) Katie Rolls (Plymouth, Mich.) / Claire An (New York) d. (17) Alanis Hamilton (Bentonville, Ark.) / Hadley Appling (Crestwood, Ky.), 6-1, 7-5
USTA National Clay Court Championships – Boys’ 12s
Orlando, Fla., July 11-18
Singles: (1) Jack Secord (Lake Forest, Ill.) d. (13) Teodor Davidov (Denver), 6-4, 6-1
Doubles: (2) Ryan Cozad (Alpharetta, Ga.) / Yannik Alvarez (Cumming, Ga.) d. (1) Colin McPeek (Carmel, Ind.) / Navneet Raghuram (Fenton, Mo.), 6-4, 6-2
USTA National Clay Court Championships – Girls’ 12s
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 11-18
Singles: (3) Ciara Harding (Boca Raton, Fla.) d. (17) Kristina Penickova (Campbell, Calif.), 6-4, 7-5
Doubles: (3) Bela Martinez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) / Anita Tu (Jacksonville, Fla.) d. (2) Harding / Abigail Gordon (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-3, 6-3
CHARLESTON, S.C., July 16, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Charleston\'s innovative-driven real estate firm, The Cassina Group, finished the first half of 2021 as the #1 boutique firm in all of Charleston. The company has over $406 million* in closed and pending sales so far this year, which outpaces their total sales volume for the previous year."Throughout the years, The Cassina Group continues to set the tone for attainable luxury, focusing on our clients wants and needs and the unique properties that complement their lifestyles,&q...
CHARLESTON, S.C., July 16, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Charleston\'s innovative-driven real estate firm, The Cassina Group, finished the first half of 2021 as the #1 boutique firm in all of Charleston. The company has over $406 million* in closed and pending sales so far this year, which outpaces their total sales volume for the previous year.
"Throughout the years, The Cassina Group continues to set the tone for attainable luxury, focusing on our clients wants and needs and the unique properties that complement their lifestyles," said Owen Tyler, Partner and Managing Broker of the company. "We are so grateful to have REALTORS® that are invested in the client experience, and wonderful customers and clients who return year after year."
In a market where inventory is at historic lows, The Cassina Group has managed to achieve these results by leveraging their impressive network. Nearly 20% of their transactions this year have been handled in-house, with no other brokerages involved.
The boutique firm, with only 39 REALTORS®, has participated in the sale of 82 properties over a million dollars throughout the Lowcountry so far this year. Cassina currently ranks as the number one company by sales volume on Sullivan\'s Island. Significant sales on the island include 2411 Atlantic Avenue ($6,850,000; Robertson Allen representing both the buyers and sellers), 1750 Ion Avenue ($4,000,000; Jimmy Dye representing the buyers), 2525 Atlantic Avenue ($3,500,000; Robertson Allen representing the buyers) and 3021 Middle Street ($3,305,001; Robertson Allen representing the buyers).
Other notable transactions handled by Cassina include:
106 Charleston Boulevard, Isle of Palms: 8 beds, 11 full & 2 half baths, 7,164 sq. ft., $4,350,000 (Meghan Webster represented the seller)
7 Dunecrest Lane, Isle of Palms: 7 beds, 8 full & 2 half baths, 4,991 sq. ft., $3,890,000 (Robertson Allen represented the seller & Meghan Webster represented the buyer)
2200 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms: 6 beds, 4 baths, 3,000 sq. ft., $3,000,000 (Chris Eller represented the buyers)
121 Live Oak Drive, Old Village: 5 beds, 3.5 baths, 3,369 sq. ft., $3,050,000 (Will Prendergast represented the sellers)
34 New Street, South of Broad: 5 beds, 5.5 baths, 4,280 sq. ft., $3,839,560 (Charles Baarcke represented the sellers)
6 New Town Lane, The Crescent: 5 beds, 5.5 baths, 4,200 sq. ft., $3,695,000 (Robertson Allen represented both the buyers and sellers)
The firm forecasts the second half of the year to be equally strong for Charleston real estate as more and more people relocate to the area, taking advantage of remote work options and the advantageous lifestyle afforded by the Lowcountry.
The innovation-driven real estate firm has a proven reputation for delivering stronger results through leading-edge technology and building lasting relationships. They recently launched a new website, CassinaGroup.com, to showcase their beautiful Lowcountry listings. The company has two offices in Charleston, including downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant.
For more information on The Cassina Group, please visit their website at CassinaGroup.com.
*Statistics pulled on 7.12.2021
About The Cassina Group
The Cassina Group is a boutique real estate brokerage with offices in Mount Pleasant, SC and Charleston, SC. The firm is managed by Owen Tyler, partner and managing broker, and founding partners Jimmy Dye and Robertson Allen. Recent awards include top honors from Charleston Magazine, Inc. 5000, T3 Sixty and SC Biz News. For more information, visit http://www.CassinaGroup.com or call 843-628-0008.
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From health crises to political and cultural divides, faith communities have long had to grapple with the unique ways these issues impact houses of worship.The new bishop of the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina will have his plate full when he assumes leadership of the diocese’s 53 congregations in 2022 amid a backdrop of COVID-19, racial and political divides nationally and locally, and an ongoing decline of church affiliation.Nonetheless, the diocese is confident that all of its three candidates for bishop are up for ...
From health crises to political and cultural divides, faith communities have long had to grapple with the unique ways these issues impact houses of worship.
The new bishop of the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina will have his plate full when he assumes leadership of the diocese’s 53 congregations in 2022 amid a backdrop of COVID-19, racial and political divides nationally and locally, and an ongoing decline of church affiliation.
Nonetheless, the diocese is confident that all of its three candidates for bishop are up for the job. That assurance has a lot to do with the fact that the South Carolina diocese believes its next religious leader has already been selected by God.
“We went into this without an agenda,” said the Rev. Jason Collins, rector for St. Paul’s Church in Conway and head of the diocese’s search committee. “We felt like the Lord has already chosen our next bishop.”
The final three candidates for the top clergymen position are:
The candidates were chosen during a long search process that began with the initial diocesan approval at the Diocesan Convention in 2020.
The committee sought a candidate that reflected New Testament Scriptural standards that call bishops to serve as shepherds, good stewards and godly managers, Collins said.
The search committee, a mixture of clergy and laity, was chosen by a diocesan election during the winter of 2020 and has met regularly by Zoom and quarterly in person.
The next step in the process is to host a series of “walkabouts” in mid-September at various locations throughout the diocese for candidates to meet and greet parishioners.
The diocese’s Special Electing Convention is scheduled for Oct. 16 at Christ Church in Mount Pleasant. Afterward, the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America would need to approve the election at the College of Bishop’s winter meeting in Jan. 2022.
The new bishop coadjutor will be consecrated at the Diocesan Convention March 2022. The selected person will spend a “season” with the diocese’s Bishop Mark Lawrence, the current bishop, before officially becoming the diocese’s next bishop.
“Our process is very democratic,” Collins said.
The future top clergyman of the diocese will have to find effective ways to communicate the Gospel amid changing times, said the Rev. Shay Gaillard, rector of St. Helena’s in Beaufort and head of the diocese’s Standing Committee.
This becomes particularly important when considering the decline in the number of people attending houses of worship.
In 2020, 47 percent of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, according to a Gallup poll. That number is down from 50 percent in 2018.
The Anglican Diocese has been working to plant new churches in growing metropolitan areas in the state, Galliard said.
That must continue if the diocese wants to be positioned to continue sharing God’s love, he said.