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...

Memphis Conference DEADLINEs

published 7/22/2021
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. AUGUST August 1: Renfro Trust Grant Application deadline | DETAILS August 9: TWK Nominations Process | DETAILS

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 ...

COB approves episcopal supervision recommendations for SEJ

published 5/14/2021
    COB approves episcopal supervision recommendations for SEJ   The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ), due to the retirement of four bishops.   The recommendations were made by the SEJ College of Bishops following consultation with the Jurisdictional and respective Annual Conference Committees on Episcopacy.    This follows decisions by Bishops Lawson Bryan (South Georgia Area – ...

GCFA Board Holds Quarterly Meeting

published 5/14/2021
Nashville, Tennessee – The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) held its scheduled quarterly meeting by Zoom on Friday, May 14.   The Board approved a grant request from the General Administration Contingency Fund to the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) for $240,000. GCAH’s plans for the grant include developing a new website and incorporating new technology to do its work in the “ministry of memory.” These enhancements will enable those...

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare names Chief Academic Officer

published 5/13/2021
Memphis, Tenn. – Today, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has named Robin Womeodu, MD, senior vice president and chief academic officer to lead the healthcare system’s office of Medical Education and Academic Affairs. She will strengthen academic partnerships, as well as medical student, residency and fellowship programs. Womeodu currently serves as chief medical officer for Methodist University Hospital.   “Dr. Womeodu has served as University’s chief medical officer for almost two decades,” ...

Lighthouse Kaleidoscope

published 5/11/2021
6-week Summer Day Camp with age-appropriate groups, sponsored    by Lighthouse United Methodist Church, Alamo, TN!   

Ross Kaleidoscope

published 5/11/2021
6-week Summer Day Camp with age-appropriate groups, sponsored    by ROSS United Methodist Church, Dyersburg, TN!      

Martin Methodist College Taps Brandie Paul as Athletic Director

published 5/10/2021
PULASKI, Tenn. – Martin Methodist College (MMC) has named Coach Brandie Paul as its Athletic Director. Coach Paul follows in a line of legendary athletic directors including Joe Hardin, Kermit Smith, and Jeff Bain. Coach Bain finishes his service as Senior Athletic Director June 30 and has been honored by the institution with the title Athletic Director Emeritus. In 2021, Coach Paul entered her 20th season at the helm of the RedHawk Softball team. Since her 2001 arrival, Coach Paul has ...

New Podcast Focuses on Anti-Racism As Christian Discipleship

published 5/6/2021
See Complete Article on UMC Religion & Race Website “Expanding the Table,” a new video podcast series from the General Commission on Religion and Race, will debut on Tues., June 1, 2021. Series guests will focus on how individual Christians and church-based entities can and should engage the work of racial justice-making and anti-racism. Guests for the first podcast—titled “Racism, Police Reform and Faith”—are the Rev. Kirk Lyons of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Rev. Jeremy Wicks of ...

2020 State of the Church Report: Blessed is the Church

published 5/4/2021
2020 State of the Church Report: Blessed is the Church Nashville: The United Methodist Church has continued to carry out its mission despite the unique challenges and uncertainties of 2020. That’s according to the new 2020 State of the Church Report produced by the Connectional Table and United Methodist Communications, themed “Blessed is the Church.”   The report uses the framework of the Beatitudes to share a compilation of stories that provide an inspiring look at the ways the church ...

United Methodist Communications’ Annual Report Showcases Power of Communication

published 5/3/2021
United Methodist Communications’ Annual Report Showcases Power of Communication Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist Communications today released its 2020 annual report which highlights the agency’s efforts to resource church leaders as they grappled with the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice.  “2020 marked our 80th anniversary – and it was a year when communication took center stage as the world adapted to connecting in new ways,” said chief executive Dan Krause. “Now, more than ...

UMC Bishops end 5-day meeting; clarify key decisions

published 4/30/2021
UMC Bishops end 5-day meeting; clarify key decisions WASHINGTON, D. C.¬: The bishops of The United Methodist Church gathered online for five days to worship, to discern ways to best offer leadership to the church in this liminal time and to hear about the exciting mission and ministry occurring across the global connection. During the meeting which was attended by more than 100 active and retired bishops from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, the Council of Bishops celebrated the lives of...

2021 United Methodist Christmas Shoebox Project

published 4/27/2021
Sponsored by the North Alabama Disaster Relief Warehouse For several years the Tennessee River District has participated in a Christmas Shoe Box ministry that is sponsored by the North Alabama Disaster Relief Warehouse. United Methodist Churches throughout the southeastern United States have worked together to provide our United Methodist missionaries and local pastors with Christmas gifts and the Christmas story to children they minister to.  In 2019, over 13,000 boxes were distributed in 9 ...

Martin Methodist Announces New Special Education Teacher Licensure Program

published 4/26/2021
Martin Methodist College (MMC) and the Grace Grissom School of Education are pleased to announce the new Special Education (SPED) Interventionist Kindergarten-8th grade licensure program, beginning fall 2021.   “For many years, MMC’s partner school districts have communicated their need for SPED teachers,” said MMC’s Education Chair Dr. Grace Meier. “The Grissom School of Education is pleased to provide highly-qualified instructors for the region.”   “The addition of the SPED licensure program ...

General Agencies of The United Methodist Church Commit to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

published 4/23/2021
First of its kind commitment fosters collaborative action to drive change   United Methodist Communications Contact: Diane Degnan Director of Public Relations (615) 483-1765 Wespath Benefits and Investments Contact: Julie Capozzi Managing Director, Communications (847) 866-4111 Nashville, TN – In the first net-zero commitment of its kind, a group of agencies of The United Methodist Church (UMC) today released a joint statement, “Our Climate ...

COB Press Release: Council of Bishops to gather in virtual meeting April 26 to April 30

published 4/22/2021
Complete Article: Council of Bishops to gather in virtual meeting April 26 to April 30   WASHINGTON, D.C. - The bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet April 26 to April 30 in a virtual gathering that will bring together more than 120 episcopal leaders from across the globe. Faced with the disruptions and postponements due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the bishops will discuss the changing role of the episcopacy and ways to lead the church in more transformative, evangelical and ...

Bishops call for dismantling systematic racism in aftermath of George Floyd verdict

published 4/21/2021
Complete Article: Bishops call for dismantling systematic racism in aftermath of George Floyd verdict   Here is the statement from the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church on the verdict: The Council of Bishops stands together with all justice-loving people around the world in prayerfully bearing witness to the jury’s decision that convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd.   The racial violence experienced by communities of color has pushed us to ...

Judicial Council declines COB request to rule on Protocol legislation

published 4/19/2021
WASHINGTON, D. C. -  The highest court in The United Methodist Church has exercised its discretion to decline a request by bishops to decide whether the plan for separation on the part of some in the church, known as the Protocol, is constitutional.  In its decision released April 16, the Judicial Council denied jurisdiction in the case, noting there was no indication that the Protocol has been adopted by either the General Conference or the Council of Bishops (COB). The COB does not adopt ...

Golden Cross Virtual Open House Video

published 4/9/2021
    Please watch our Virtual Open House Video!     We're sorry we missed you at the GOLDEN CROSS Virtual Open House this week.   We thank you for your prayers and gifts to the ministry and hope you will consider taking a few minutes to learn how we endeavor to enrich the lives of under-resourced seniors at Wesley Living retirement communities across the Mid-South.   In our brief Virtual Open House Video recording, you’ll hear: Staff...

May 1 is new deadline for nominations for 'Denman Evangelism Awards' to be presented in June

published 4/9/2021
By Rev. Will Clark Memphis Conference Chairperson for Evangelism Associate Pastor, Dyersburg First United Methodist Church   The Memphis Conference is now accepting nominations for the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for clergy, lay and youth. The deadline is May 1. These awards honor United Methodists whose exceptional ministry of evangelism – expressed in Word (what), Sign (why) and Deed (how) – brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.   Each year each United ...

Annual Conference Deadlines

published 4/7/2021
The submission deadline for annual conference reports, resolutions, and by-laws changes is May 1, 2021. Submission guidelines. The deadline also is May 1 for Denman Evangelism Award submissions. 

Disaster Response | Flood Relief Volunteers Needed

published 4/7/2021
Hands On Nashville is working with the Nashville Office of Emergency Management to deploy volunteers to areas that were affected by the flooding last week. Read more 

Mustard Seed Migration Grants Continue 80-Year Tradition of Welcoming the Stranger

published 4/7/2021
New UMCOR/Global Ministries Grants to Help United Methodist Churches Aid Local Refugees and Migrants in Their Communities  Mustard Seed Migration Grants Continue 80-Year Tradition of Welcoming the Stranger     Atlanta, Ga. (April 1, 2021) – Churches across the United States will be able to help refugees and migrants living in their local communities thanks to a new grant program from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Open to United Methodist churches in the United States, the “...

New Christian Education and Deacon Studies Lecture Series

published 4/7/2021
The inaugural address for the Crain and Seymour Endowed Lectures in Christian Education and Deacon Studies will be on Tuesday, April 13, via Zoom. More

Parliament of the World Scholarship Offered

published 4/7/2021
The Council of Bishops is offering scholarships to United Methodist representatives at the 8th annual Parliament of the World’s Religions. This virtual conference is an opportunity for people of different faiths from around the world to gather and celebrate the work of religious communities working for a better world. More information 

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