Greetings From Wesley Living's New Chaplain | Memphis Conference

published 11/18/2021
Golden Cross Senior Ministries has announced that Camille Bradley is the new chaplain for Wesley Living Communities. Chaplain Bradley offers us a bit about her background, ministry focus, and vision for Wesley Living in this introduction! 

TWK Conference Position Opening | Administrative Assistant-Equip

published 11/17/2021
This position supports the work of the Ministry Associate-Equip and the Equip Strategy Team, encompassing work with the Board of Ordained Ministry and Board of Laity, in support of the process for credentialing lay and clergy candidates for ministry in the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference, continuing education, inclusive training and safe spaces, as well as, resourcing the additional ministries supported by the Equip Strategy Team, including but not limited to the Board of Higher Ed and ...

Reverse Advent Calendar for GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries

published 11/16/2021
To generate support for these friends and neighbors during the Christmas season, GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries is encouraging your local community groups to collect daily use items needed by local senior citizens living in Wesley Living communities. The Reverse Advent Calendar is a twist on the traditional Advent calendar with paper doors that open to reveal an image, Bible verse, or piece of chocolate. In the case of the Reverse Advent Calendar, everyday use items are collected each day and ...

Memphis Conference DEADLINEs

published 11/15/2021
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. No current deadlines to be posted. Please check back often for deadlines as they are posted. NOVEMBER November 30:  | Deadline to apply for Administrative Assistant - Equip TWK Conference Position | DETAILS

On Giving Tuesday, Support the Power of Communication

published 11/10/2021
Nashville, Tenn.: Amidst the isolation, fear and confusion brought on by the pandemic, the power of communication can create community and bring hope and encouragement to a hurting world. This Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021, your gift can help enable United Methodist Communications (UMCom) to share the transformational story of God’s love and to equip local churches to do the same in communities around the world. Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement that was created in 2012 as a day ...

Bishops agree on narrative for the continuing UMC

published 11/8/2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops ended its Fall meeting on Friday having spent time in worship, plenary and covenant groups as they seek God’s guidance to lead The United Methodist Church. The worship services were coordinated by Bishops Sharma Lewis and Lawson Bryan, and were led by Bishops Harald Rückert, David Bard and LaTrelle Easterling. The bishops, from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, overwhelmingly approved a narrative that provides a framework and begins to paint a ...

Bishop Bickerton elected as next president of UMC Council of Bishops

published 11/3/2021
  Bishop Thomas Bickerton,  the residential bishop of New York Conference, was elected today as the next president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church during the bishops’ online meeting via ZOOM.   "It is very humbling to be asked to offer my leadership at this point in the church’s life and work,” Bishop Bickerton said after the election. “While the road ahead will no doubt present us with great challenges, I celebrate a faith which offers the firm assurance that God ...

Intentional Growth Center Grant Applications Now Open for 2022

published 11/2/2021
The Intentional Growth Center is pleased to announce that on November 1 it will begin accepting applications for a new round of grants.  These grants are available to local congregations and church organizations. It will focus on ministries that increase Christian Discipleship and Church Leader Development for clergy and laity of all denominations.  Primary attention will be given to projects of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. For over 40 years the Intentional ...

Foundation Offers New Building & Renovation Grant Program for Churches

published 10/29/2021
The Board of the Development Fund for Kentucky and Tennessee and the Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences is pleased to announce the establishment of a new grant program. These grants are to aid churches or affiliated Conference entities with building or renovation projects.  Please click here for more information.

United Methodist Bishops meet to discuss church future, elect new officers

published 10/27/2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Facing the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet November 2-5 to discuss the future of the continuing United Methodist Church, elect new officers and address other timely topics.  The more than 100 bishops from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America will be in attendance during the Zoom meeting that will also include continuing work to dismantle racism, promote discipleship; and strengthen mission strategies in ...

Kristi Owens is named Executive Director of Golden Cross Senior Ministries

published 10/22/2021
GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Kristi H. Owens has been named Executive Director effective October 1, 2021. Owens has been with GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries for nearly 9 years in a variety of roles including the past 3 years as Director of Operations. Owens has shown a passion and drive to ensure that all seniors served by Wesley Living have access to needed daily use items, opportunities to attend social and recreational activities, go on field ...

Online Certification Opportunities to Begin in January

published 10/19/2021
A new cycle of online ministry certification courses is set to begin Jan. 17, 2022, at BeADisciple.com. BeADisciple.com is part of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, and has offered quality online educational experiences with roots in Wesleyan theology since 2006.  Church leaders and interested persons can begin progress toward certification in 10 different disciplines— Christian education, children's ministry, youth ministry, women’s ministries, spiritual formation, ...

Love Beyond Borders: The Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic

published 10/18/2021
UM Global Ministries Launches New Effort to Raise Funds for Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine Around the World United Methodist Global Ministries is launching a new initiative and joining interfaith partners in an effort to increase the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine around the world. Funds donated to a new Advance giving project will support “Love Beyond Borders: The Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic” campaign supporting UNICEF’s global vaccine distribution ...

UMC leaders share important information for churches sponsoring Scout troops

published 10/12/2021
United Methodist churches that have sponsored Boy Scout troops can expect to receive a “disclosure statement package” from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) regarding its pending bankruptcy proceeding in the near future. The mailing seeks to summarize for chartered organizations how the BSA’s proposed plan of reorganization will affect those organizations’ legal rights with respect to Scouting-related sexual abuse claims to which they may potentially be connected.  The BSA is mailing the packets ...

Creation Care Comes Together

published 10/7/2021
Photo: Creation Care ministry members from both sides of the river joined together for a retreat in September. Fourteen leaders from Western Tennessee and Kentucky and Middle Tennessee convened at a retreat on September 18 to converse on how best to merge our Creation Care ministries. The site of the retreat was the beautiful Lakeshore campground. The first item of discussion was defining the mission of the ministry. The focus was on a fully Wesleyan approach to caring for God’s creation. The ...

ReFocus Youth Conference 2021 in the Purchase District | Oct. 16

published 10/7/2021
ReFocus Youth 2021 is a youth conference for the students of Marshall County and the surrounding areas sponsored by Benton First UMC, the Purchase District of the UMC, and a number of area businesses and individuals. This is an all-day event with spirit-led worship and word, games and fun, and discussion-based workshops on a variety of relevant topics for students in today's world. Details

The United Methodist Church Ad Campaign Wins Telly Award

published 9/23/2021
Nashville, Tennessee: United Methodist Communications and The LOOMIS Agency have been recognized by The Telly Awards for their advertising campaign, “Not the Only One,” which received a Bronze Award in the Regional TV category. The award program honors excellence in video and television across all screens. Judges evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work-entries that are judged against a high standard of merit. Annually more than 12,000 entries are submitted for consideration. ...

United Methodist Bishops remember victims of 9/11

published 9/11/2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bishops of The United Methodist Church are paying homage to those who were lost and injured during the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago in the United States. Changed forever on that day was not only the future of the United States but also the course of global relations throughout the world as we witnessed unprecedented pain, anger, frustration and utmost sadness. That day 20 years ago, the world watched in horror as more than 3,000 lives were lost through the acts ...

Summit Youth Academy Helps Teens Hear God’s Calling

published 9/10/2021
Most talented high school students know how to make the most of their abilities. Athletes work with top coaches; musicians, actors, or artists find outstanding teachers; all practice countless hours. Many spend part of their summer vacations polishing skills at camps or conferences recommended by adult mentors.    At one Kansas college, though, a unique camp is teaching juniors and seniors an even more crucial skill.   “We look for youth who want to hear God’s calling,” says Wendy Mohler-Seib, “...

Retirees' Luncheon

published 9/6/2021
Staying Connected ……                     Enjoying Fellowship Please click here to download and print the Invitation & Reservation form. The Retirees Association and The Board of Pensions invite you to an afternoon of fellowship, worship, and of course food! During this Covid pandemic, we have lost so much (and so many).  Never before has staying connected and being together been so important. Many of us look forward to our retirees’ luncheon at annual conference.  It was difficult to plan a ...

WMC Names Bishop Yambasu as Recipient of 2020 World Methodist Peace Award

published 9/3/2021
The World Methodist Council (WMC) has named the late Bishop John K. Yambasu as the recipient of the World Methodist Peace Award for 2020. Bishop Yambasu served as The United Methodist Church (UMC) resident bishop of Sierra Leone until his untimely death in August of 2020. "This Award is given annually by the World Methodist Council to individuals or organizations who have contributed significantly to peace, justice and reconciliation," WMC General Secretary Ivan Bishop Abrahams said when he ...

Drop Off Sites for Disaster Response Supplies

published 9/2/2021
Thank you for the outpouring of support after the flooding in our conference communities. We frequently update the webpage and add to the list of district drop-off sites for requested supplies: twkumc.org/disaster response.  Thank you for your continued financial donations as well.

Discussion series explores what it means to be United Methodist

published 8/31/2021
Chicago, Ill.: “Tuesdays at the Table: Should I stay? Or should I go?” is a new discussion series for United Methodists, presented by the Connectional Table (CT) in cooperation with general agencies and contributors. Weekly segments will explore topics aimed at helping viewers better understand their faith, their church and themselves. The sessions will premiere every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. CT from October 5 – December 21 on Facebook, and will also be available for later viewing at UMC.org/ComeTo...

SEJ Journal and Press Release

published 8/31/2021
The Journal of the Called Session of Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference held on July 21, 2021, is now available at this link as a downloadable .pdf file. The Journal is also available as a free download on the SEJ web site at www.sejumc.org.  Those wishing to purchase a Conference Journal will order their copy(ies) online directly from the printer. The cost of the Journal is $7 each (plus tax and shipping). This method has streamlined the ordering process and promotes better stewardship of ...

Disaster Response | Flood Update

published 8/26/2021
Disaster Response | Flood Update   Please respond to the call for support after the devastating flooding last weekend that affected communities in our Red River and Harpeth River Districts. Please donate financially or gather supplies that are needed. We encourage you to take advantage of the district drop-off sites and to only donate things that are requested. Unsolicited items and uninvited volunteers can actually become a burden rather than a help to a community trying to recover ...

TWK Organizational Meeting to be Online

published 8/26/2021
The Organizational Meeting for the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference scheduled for December 4 will be held online due to renewed pandemic concerns. Voting members from the 2021 Memphis and Tennessee annual conferences will receive more information about the meeting in the coming weeks. 

BSA Bankruptcy Affects United Methodist Congregations

published 8/25/2021
Nashville, Tenn.: The United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations have a relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which dates back more than 100 years. In February 2020, the BSA announced the national organization would file for bankruptcy to allow it to continue carrying on its mission while also compensating sexual abuse victims who were harmed during their time in scouting. While the bankruptcy is ongoing, the BSA, along with its local councils, recently reached an ...

New Minister of Contemporary Worship Named at Germantown United Methodist Church

published 8/24/2021
Rev. Dr. Steve Stone to lead new worship service Germantown, Tenn. -- Germantown United Methodist Church is excited to announce that Rev. Dr. Steve Stone has joined the staff as minister of contemporary worship and outreach. In his new role, Stone will launch a contemporary worship service that strives to be a place for all people and encourages “coming however you are comfortable.” Stone is an elder from the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church with more than 40 years of ...

GCFA Board Summer Board Meeting Held Virtually

published 8/23/2021
Nashville, Tennessee – The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) held its quarterly meeting virtually on August 20, 2021.   Rev. Steve Wood, Chairperson of the Committee on General Agency and Episcopal Matters (GAEM) presented several recommendations for approval by the Board. The committee presented information about a defined benefit plan that was established in 2009 for employees surviving spouses of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) denomination. ...

Impact of COVID-19 study findings equip UMC churches

published 8/17/2021
Nashville, Tennessee – United Methodist Communication has released the final phase findings of its Impact of COVID-19 Study. Phase IV assessed the impact of COVID-19 on local church services and ministries, finances and clergy well-being and also explored demographic trends. The results verify that the pandemic has brought upon the dawn of wide-spread hybrid worship services where the majority of churches are offering both online and in-person service options. These bring with them a return to ...

United Methodist Christmas Shoebox Project draws 2,300 shoeboxes and $12,000 in financial support from the four districts of Memphis Conference

published 8/16/2021
For the last several years, the Memphis Conference has participated in the UNITED METHODIST Christmas Shoebox Project sponsored by the North Alabama United Methodist Disaster Relief Wearhouse in Decatur, Alabama. This shoebox project is similar to Operation Christmas Child sponsored by The Samaritan Purse but our boxes will go to United Methodist missionaries and pastors in areas not served by other shoebox projects. The Tennessee River District has participated in this project for several ...

New TWK Positions Open

published 8/15/2021
The Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church will form the new Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church (TWKUMC) on January 1, 2022. Four new staff positions will support Strategy Teams of the new conference structure. The Human Resources Team plans to fill these positions by October 1, 2021. The conference’s mission is to discover, equip, connect, and send lay and clergy leaders who shape ...

World Photography Day website provides photo resources for churches

published 8/11/2021
Nashville, Tenn. In observance of World Photography Day on August 19, United Methodist Communications has gathered a variety of photographic resources at UMCom.org/photography to help local churches tell their stories through compelling imagery. United Methodist Communications works to equip churches with tools to communicate effectively – including using photography to engage their audiences. Resources available through the website include a searchable media library of downloadable images, a ...

2022 Charge Conference Forms

published 8/9/2021
Charge conference forms are now available for the 2022 charge conference season of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church. Please contact your district administrator if you have any questions. View and download the 2022 forms on the TWK website – https://twkumc.org/charge-conference-forms/

Virtual communications conference helps churches move forward

published 8/9/2021
Nashville, Tennessee – Balancing online, in-person services and hybrid models poses challenges to church leaders. United Methodist Communications’ Training Team will host its second in a series of ecumenical virtual communications learning conferences to equip churches and ministries with next level communication methods for new era. The Church Communications Workshops Series: Moving the Church Forward through Communication will take place daily from 10:30am to 2:30pm CT on August 24-25, 2021. ...

Bishop Shamana dies at age 81

published 8/7/2021
Bishop Beverly J. Shamana, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, has died.  She died this week in California at age 81.    Bishop Shamana was elected and consecrated to the Episcopacy in 2000 in the Western Jurisdiction. She was the second black woman elected as a bishop in the history of the UMC. Bishop Leontine T. Kelly was the first black woman elected in 1984.   Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey described Bishop Shamana as a voice for justice and all that ...

Announcing LEAD 2022 Conference and Young Adult Cohort!

published 8/5/2021
UMCLEAD is excited to announce that registration for the LEAD 2022 Conference in San Diego is now live! LEAD will be held in San Diego, CA from January 23rd-26th, 2022. The host hotel will be The Lafayette Hotel and the host church will be Normal Heights United Methodist Church.   LEAD creates space for Christian leaders to be vulnerable and courageous, connects them around their hopes for the future, and equips them to bring those hopes into reality. LEADers see a vision of the kin-dom of God ...

Discover the growth of mission in Vietnam and Laos

published 8/5/2021
Join Global Ministries and U.S. annual conference partners for an overview of United Methodist mission in Vietnam and Laos. August 5, 2021 | ATLANTA   Global Ministries’ Asia-Pacific Regional Office and the North Carolina and Texas annual conferences will host two virtual overviews of United Methodist mission in Vietnam and Laos this month. All are welcome to join in learning more about the movement of God’s mission in Southeast Asia.   The Vietnam Mission Initiative overview is Monday Aug. 9, ...

GCFA Board Acts on Special Funding Request

published 8/2/2021
Nashville, Tennessee – The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) met virtually on July 30 to hear a request from Bishop Daniel Wandabula. The request is for a grant related to a mortgage foreclosure on property for one or more Church-related properties in the East Africa Episcopal Area.   The GCFA Board was provided background information dated back to 2000 related to audit issues with the East Africa Episcopal Area encountered by GBGM and GCFA. Based on ...

Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference Update from the Guide Team

published 8/2/2021
We set out on a journey in 2018 to create a new conference by uniting the Memphis & Tennessee Conferences. In 2019 we adopted our mission, vision, and values, in 2020 we approved a new structure and in 2021, we approved our Plan of Union which we now celebrate being approved by the Southeast Jurisdictional Conference. We will officially become the Tennessee-Western Kentucky (TWK) Conference on January 1, 2022.  Leadership Formation The new Connectional Table leadership team has begun to ...

Announcing LEAD 2022 Conference and Young Adult Cohort!

published 7/28/2021
UMCLEAD is excited to announce that registration for the LEAD 2022 Conference in San Diego is now live! LEAD will be held in San Diego, CA from January 23rd-26th, 2022. The host hotel will be The Lafayette Hotel and the host church will be Normal Heights United Methodist Church.   LEAD creates space for Christian leaders to be vulnerable and courageous, connects them around their hopes for the future, and equips them to bring those hopes into reality. LEADers see a vision of the kin-dom of God ...

COB hires David Field as new Ecumenical Staff Officer

published 7/28/2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church (UMC) has hired Dr. David N. Field as the new Ecumenical Staff Officer for Faith & Order and Theological Dialogue. Dr. Field, a member of the UMC Central and Southern Europe Central Conference, replaces the Rev. Kyle Tau, PhD, who left in July to pursue new ventures in his ministry.  Dr. Field will work with the Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst who is the Ecumenical Staff Officer for the COB. In his new role, Dr. Field will...

SEJ Voted Yes!

published 7/22/2021
The special session of the Southeastern Jurisdiction voted on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, to affirm the resolution to unite the Memphis Annual Conference and the Tennessee Annual Conference into the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference! More Pictured left-to-right: Tennessee Conference Lay Leader, Holly Neal; Guide Team Co-Chairs, Rob Martin and Melinda Britt; Bishop McAlilly; Memphis Conference Lay Leader, Janice McCallen.

TWK Nominations Process

published 7/22/2021
Last week, Bishop McAlilly launched the new Nominations process for the leadership of the future Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. Several people have already taken the time to nominate clergy and laity leaders as well as offer their own gifts and experiences to the conference. Please take a moment to add your nominations to the pool.  Also, consider what you might be able to offer and complete the self-nomination form as you feel led. The deadline is August 9. More

Virtual Time of Prayer for Our Area

published 7/22/2021
Save the Date for A Virtual Time of Prayer for Our Area | August 10 @ 10 a.m.  “The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.” Mark 6:30, CEB  Our General Conference Delegation invites you to gather together around Jesus to tell your stories of joy and pain, struggle and celebration. Grounded in scripture, we will spend time in holy listening  - to God and one another. And lift our church, connection, and world in prayer. Our prayer time will be led by Kara ...

Church leader survey highlights communications resource value

published 7/20/2021
Nashville, Tennessee –Research shows that local churches and organizations seeking to excel in communications ministry will find the support they need within United Methodist Communications’ MyCom e-newsletter. A recent reader survey* revealed a 90 percent satisfaction rate, and 78 percent of readers stated that MyCom is the best source for communication tips and tools. The award-winning newsletter helps local churches and organizations stand out in a noisy world by utilizing emerging trends, ...

ReCap of the 2021 Memphis Annual Conference

published 7/16/2021
Held Online on June 3 & 4, 2021  The 182nd and final Memphis Annual Conference Session was celebrated amid tears of nostalgia mingled with prayers of thanksgiving for all that has passed and of anticipation in looking forward to the expanded ministries of the future Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference expected to launch January 1, 2022. “By Faith” remained the theme for the 2021 Memphis Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Clergy, Business, and Worship Sessions were held ...

Watch the SEJ Called Session on July 21, 2021!

published 7/16/2021
On Wednesday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (9:00 a.m. Central time), there will be a called session of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Delegates have been sent a link and a voter ID to participate in the Conference. Anyone else desiring to watch the special session can do so by going to www.sejumc.org and clicking the link on the home page. It will be very clearly labeled for people to watch. Organizers anticipate that the Conference will last about 2 hours.

TWK Clergy Spouse Retreat is September 24-26 at Beersheba Springs Assembly

published 7/14/2021
~ Clergy Spouses ~ SAVE THE DATE Direct inquiries to PJ Marston by email at tnministermates@yahoo.com. Find us on Facebook at "Tennessee - Western Kentucky Conference clergy spouses"

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare names Crabb Chief Business Development Officer

published 7/12/2021
Memphis, Tenn. – Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has named Michael “Trey” Crabb, III senior vice president and chief business development officer. Crabb joins the healthcare system from Morgan Stanley, where he founded the firm’s national hospital and health systems merger and acquisition efforts.   “Trey has been a trusted advisor to healthcare systems across the US for more than 25 years,” said MLH President and CEO Michael Ugwueke. “He has extensive strategic transaction experience with a ...

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