Memphis Conference DEADLINEs

published 9/25/2021
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. SEPTEMBER September 25: Disaster Response Pickup of Supplies from District Locations |  DETAILS (please communicate with your district office about drop-off deadlines)

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: 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

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  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 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 –

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 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 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 ...

50 Years and Counting! 1972-2022 History Project

published 7/8/2021
To continue celebrating the histories of the Memphis and Tennessee conferences we want to capture a living history from those of you who have experienced things firsthand during these past 50 years. We would like to capture your stories and memories to create a video in celebration of the years 1972 – 2022 in what we now call the Nashville Episcopal Area. Learn how you can participate...

Former COB President Bishop Yeakel dies

published 7/7/2021
See Article on Council of Bishops Website WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel died on Sunday, July 4, 2021, with all his five children by his bedside.   Bishop Yeakel, 93, has been a resident in an assisted living facility in Wooster, Ohio.   He was elected to the episcopacy during the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 1972. He served as resident bishop of the New York West Area from 1972 to 1984, and the ...

COB congratulates Bishop Domingos as 5th Chancellor of Africa University

published 6/30/2021
WASHINGTON, D.C.: - The Council of Bishops is congratulating Bishop Gaspar Joao Domingos of the West Angola Episcopal Area on his election as the 5th Chancellor of Africa University.   Bishop Domingos will be inaugurated as the 5th Chancellor at the virtual 27th Graduation Ceremony set for July 3, 2021, at 09:00 a.m. Central Africa Time. Bishop Domingos is preceded by Bishop John Yambasu who died tragically on August 16, 2020, in a car accident and was subsequently inaugurated as the 4th ...

Survey Asks Black Churches About Worship

published 6/29/2021
    Survey Asks Black Churches About Worship   ATLANTA — Gammon Theological Seminary is collaborating with other United Methodist organizations to understand the factors informing how Black churches resume in-person worship and navigate virtual worship as pandemic restrictions lift. The insights from this research will be shared with African American pastors and laity as they navigate this changing ministry landscape. Partners in the survey include Strengthening the...

Clergy Blogs

published 6/18/2021
Below is a current list of faith-themed blogs by active and retired clergy affiliated with the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) of The United Methodist Church. They are listed in alphabetical order by author with Bishop McAlilly's blog at the top of the list. The quickest way to find this list is to visit this Memphis Conference website at and click on "Clergy Blogs" near the top of the home page. CLERGY BLOGS listed in alphabetical order by ...

Juneteenth: A Day On, Not a Day Off

published 6/18/2021
How to put your faith in action on Juneteenth Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe   Juneteenth is a day of reflection and celebration. The oldest national celebration of the day that ended slavery in the United States is a reminder of our call for justice. While we can celebrate the strides made toward racial equality, we are invited to reflect on the work that is yet to be done. Church and Society will commemorate the day by closing its office on Friday, June 18. Juneteenth is celebrated annually on ...

UMCOR awards grants to help United Methodist churches aid local refugees and migrants in their communities

published 6/17/2021
Mustard Seed Migration Grants continue 80-Year tradition of welcoming the stranger.  Churches across the United States will be able to help refugees and migrants living in their local communities thanks to new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The “Mustard Seed Migration Grants” awarded to United Methodist churches in the United States continue the agency’s 80-year tradition of helping refugees, immigrants and migrants seeking to build new lives.  The Mustard Seed ...

United Methodist Communications to Celebrate Social Media Day June 30

published 6/17/2021
Nashville: United Methodist Communications will celebrate Social Media Day on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 with free learning opportunities throughout the day, featuring a special live learning session Q&A at 12pm CT – all at United Methodist Communications (UMCom) seeks to equip churches with tools to effectively minister daily via social media platforms. Some of the ways the agency helps local churches are through providing social graphics, how-to-articles, social media ...

Commemorative Quilt Presented to TWK Annual Conference

published 6/9/2021
Commemorative Quilt given by Threads of Faith Ministry of Temple UMC, Millington, TN on behalf of Memphis Annual Conference 1840-2021 presented to new Tennessee-Western Kentucky Annual Conference June 3, 2021 This quilt tells the story of two annual conferences of the United Methodist Church that unite to become one conference. There once were two annual conferences of the UMC called the Memphis Annual Conference and the Tennessee Conference.  These conferences were divided by a beautiful, ...

Bishop Daniel Arichea, retired bishop in the Philippines, dies

published 6/7/2021
Bishop Daniel C. Arichea, Jr., a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, died today, June 1, 2021.  He was elected bishop in the Philippines Central Conference in November 1994.   His wife, Ruth, announced his death on Facebook.  "At 12:41 this afternoon, June 1, 2021, God opened the gates of the mansion He has so lovingly prepared for his dearly beloved son & faithful servant, Daniel C. Arichea Jr. From his birth on March 9, 1934, he has run the race, fought the good fight and kept the ...

Martin Methodist Announces Dean's List Recipients

published 6/7/2021
PULASKI, Tenn. – With the conclusion of each semester, Martin Methodist College (MMC) announces students who have been placed on the Dean’s List for their academic excellence.   To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must be full-time and must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher, with no grades marked as “F” or “incomplete.”   MMC recognizes the following students who have made the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester:   Robert Angell (Davidson)   Jonathan Baggett ...

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, BookNook Recognize Literacy Partnerships, Excelling Students

published 5/27/2021
Memphis, Tenn. – On Saturday, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and digital application, BookNook, hosted the first ever Leader in Literacy Awards virtually to recognize dedicated community and congregational partners for expanding literacy efforts in Memphis. Individual students also were recognized for their accomplishments in reading proficiency.   “Only twenty five percent of third graders in Shelby County are reading at grade level,” said Rev. Stacy Smith, director of the Center of Excellence...

SEJ College of Bishops calls for special session

published 5/26/2021
May 26, 2021 – The College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, in accordance with ¶521 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, calls for a special session of the jurisdictional conference on July 21, 2021. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Central and will be held virtually. The purpose of the special session is to vote on a proposed resolution to unite the Memphis Annual Conference and the Tennessee Annual Conference into the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference....

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare names Stafford Methodist South Hospital president

published 5/24/2021
  Memphis, Tenn. – After a nationwide search, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare named Ocpivia Stafford, PharmD, MBA, president of Methodist South Hospital in Whitehaven. Stafford has served as interim president for the 156-bed hospital since last November.   “With her dedication to operational efficiency and continuous improvement, Ocpivia is a champion for patient engagement,” said MLH president and CEO Michael Ugwueke. “She places the highest priority on providing high quality and safe patient ...

Peace with Justice Sunday Pastor & Leader Kit

published 5/21/2021
Resource UMC has assembled a collection of resources that you can download to promote this Special Sunday in your church on Sunday, May 30, 2021. This kit has everything you need to empower your congregation to give generously. You can post some of these resources on all your social media outlets. We also have a downloadable poster and a bulletin insert you can print out and insert in your church bulletin the week prior to this special Sunday. Click here for information and resources!

Annual Conference Q&A

published 5/19/2021
  Why must we have the annual conference virtually?  Let us begin by saying that none of us WANTS to have a virtual annual conference. We would much rather be with everyone in person! Although there has been great progress with vaccinations, we are just not there yet to gather together in such a large group. Your safety is our concern.    I don’t have the virus and I have been vaccinated, can I show up anyway? No. There is nowhere for you to show up. There is no congregation or audience present ...

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