Book about two small, rural churches in Missouri has whole chapter devoted to Memphis Conference's prison church: Grace Place UMC

10/9/2017



Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas? The Turnaround Story of One Lay Minister and Two Small Rural Churches is the name of a book released this year that has one whole chapter devoted to the Memphis Conference’s own Grace Place United Methodist Church.
 
Grace Place is a church for women prisoners located inside the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Fort Pillow, Tennessee (part of the Tennessee Department of Correction). In August it celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
 
Pastor Margie Briggs of the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church, said she authored the book “to help small churches know they (do) not have to die.”
 
Briggs met Grace Place’s current and founding pastor, Rev. Diane Harrison, at a church growth clinic in Sikeston, Missouri, several years ago. 
 
“Each of us told our stories,” Briggs remembered, and “instant respect and friendship occurred.”
 
Soon after, Briggs visited Grace Place where she said she had her "Aldersgate Experience" during worship.  
 
Briggs calls Grace Place “a shining star” for the Memphis Conference.
 
Grace Place is featured in Chapter 22 of Briggs’ book. All 23 chapters, none of which are named, also include study questions.
 
To learn more about Briggs’ story as the pastor of two small, rural churches, as well as her book and how to order it, CLICK HERE.

~Compiled by Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference