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 ...

Memphis Conference DEADLINEs

published 4/9/2021
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. APRIL April 30: Impact Grant of up to $15,000 application deadline | DETAILS April 30: $2,000 Lone Oak Music Scholarships application deadline | DETAILS MAY May 1: Annual Conference Reports, Resolutions, Technology, and Production deadline  May 1: Denman Award Nominations deadline | DETAILS May 5: Annual Conference Registration deadline for Lay & Clergy Delegates | DETAILS May 16: Deadline to apply for UMCOR ...

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 

Partnership with Ministry Architects Announced

published 4/7/2021
Ministry Architects will work with the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference over the next two years in transitioning to its new youth ministry, reflecting the conference’s deep interest in its work with young people. Listening sessions are now being scheduled where your voice can be heard regarding youth ministry. More

Professional Development for Pastors and Administrators

published 4/7/2021
Pastors, administrators, and anyone else involved in the UMC connection is invited to the PAUMCS Virtual Conference on April 15-17, 2021. The mission of PAUMCS is to provide a supportive base for the unity and fellowship of its members in order to provide individual growth, professional development, continuing education, and spiritual enrichment.  Details

United Methodist Committee on Relief Grant to Help Asylum Seekers Find Pathway to Safety Church World Service’s “Leading with Welcome” Program Receives $1.1 Million UMCOR Grant to Support Efforts to Rebuild Humane Immigration System

published 3/30/2021
United Methodist Committee on Relief Grant to Help Asylum Seekers Find Pathway to Safety Church World Service’s “Leading with Welcome” Program Receives $1.1 Million UMCOR Grant to Support Efforts to Rebuild Humane Immigration System   Atlanta, Ga. (March 30, 2021) – Recognizing that the situation at the United States-Mexico border requires immediate and dramatic action, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has awarded new funding to Church World Service (CWS) that will be used to help ...

Bishops offer devotions for Holy Week 2021

published 3/29/2021
Bishops offer devotions for Holy Week 2021 The Council of Bishops is offering daily devotions during Holy Week, culminating into the Good Friday message by COB President Cynthia Fierro Harvey.  The devotions include a video testimony and journal page for discussion.  Here is the list of the devotions for this Holy Week: Monday of Holy Week, March 29: Bishop Tracy S. Malone, resident bishop of the Ohio East Area. Click here to watch Bishop Malone’s devotion Click here to download Journal Page ...

Earth Day Sunday | April 18

published 3/29/2021
Creation Justice Ministries is excited to share with you our 2021 Earth Day Resource. We have all the tools you need to equip your faith community to celebrate Earth Day Sunday 2021. This year's theme is New Heaven, New Earth.  DOWNLOAD EARTH DAY SUNDAY RESOURCE Each year before Earth Day, Creation Justice Ministries provides materials to help faith communities explore themes related to God's creation.  Our 2021 materials include theological insights, stories of faith communities taking ...

Saint Paul School of Theology Welcomes New Regional Director of Course of Study

published 3/29/2021
Leawood, KS – Saint Paul School of Theology is excited to announce that Dr. Lucas Endicott is the new Regional Director of Course of Study effective March 22. Most recently serving as Associate Director for the Office of Mission, Service and Justice at the Missouri Annual Conference and lecturing at Central Methodist University, Dr. Endicott brings to the Course of Study (COS) School a background in education with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration as well as being an ...

View & Download Easter Sunday Virtual Choir for Use in Easter Services

published 3/29/2021
Watch as hundreds of United Methodists from across the globe join together to sing Thine Be The Glory. Please feel free to download the video below for use in your Easter services. And don't forget to share and post the video to social media! Thine Be The Glory: DOWNLOAD 'Thine Be The Glory' (MP4) THANK YOU! This was an amazing experience bringing together over 400 singers from different countries, congregations, and communities – proving that even in the midst of a pandemic we are still ...

Holy Week Schedules

published 3/26/2021
Please send your Holy Week schedule to for inclusion here.  Schedules will be posted in our online files library with a link below.  Thanks! Hughlett / Ross / Lighthouse UMC

Training conference series launched to equip Christian communications

published 3/24/2021
Training conference series launched to equip Christian communications Nashville, Tennessee – Church leaders are navigating an ever changing ministry landscape. United Methodist Communications knows that identifying how best to deliver messages effectively and efficiently can be a challenge for any local church. In response, the agency’s Training Team is launching a series of ecumenical virtual communications learning conferences aimed to assist all who seek to share the gospel. The first ...

Bishops Cancel May 8 Special Session of General Conference

published 3/22/2021
Bishops Reconsider May 8 Special Session of General Conference   WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met on Monday, March 22, 2021 in an additional meeting to consider pressing matters  related to the Council’s work.  After much conversation, the bishops reached a decision that in the best interest of the church at this time, they would cancel the Special Session of the General Conference which was set for May 8, 2021.   The bishops announced that they will...

Renfro Trust Fund Applications Now Open

published 3/19/2021
GUIDELINES FOR THE RENFRO TRUST FUND 1. Purpose and Eligibility: • Under provisions of the Renfro Trust, the income from the Fund is to be used for the purpose of establishing and supporting United Methodist churches in rural areas of the United States within the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. The term “rural areas” shall be interpreted to mean towns of less than 10,000, villages, and open country. • Situations described as unusual and challenging and for which ...

Signpost Groups Explore Antiracism and Discipleship

published 3/19/2021
  Are you interested in exploring what it means to be an antiracist? Consider joining a Signpost group!  Signposts is a covenant discipleship opportunity for lay and clergy to support and mentor one another while exploring God’s dream for an antiracist, anti-oppressive world.  Through a commitment to spiritual disciplines, personal written reflection on the weekly readings, and disciplined discussion, groups will examine themes of White supremacy, individual and systemic racism, and oppression ...

#STILLINMISSION | Conversation with Missionaries

published 3/17/2021
  Each month, we invite four missionaries to be in conversation with laity and clergy throughout the church to share the joys and challenges they’ve experienced. 

Martin Methodist College Returns to a Full In-Person Campus Experience Fall 2021

published 3/17/2021
PULASKI, Tenn. – College President Dr. Mark LaBranche announced this morning that Martin Methodist will move back to in-person for the upcoming fall semester. “With case counts diminishing and vaccines becoming more available we are hopeful that we will return to a fully in-person campus experience this fall,” said President LaBranche.   Planning includes returning to full capacity in classrooms, residence halls, and dining facilities. Students will also enjoy a more comprehensive schedule of ...

Signpost Groups Explore Antiracism and Discipleship

published 3/11/2021
Are you interested in exploring what it means to be an antiracist?   Consider joining a Signpost group!  Signposts is a covenant discipleship opportunity for lay and clergy to support and mentor one another while exploring God’s dream for an antiracist, anti-oppressive world.  Through a commitment to spiritual disciplines, personal written reflection on the weekly readings, and disciplined discussion, groups will examine themes of White supremacy, individual and systemic racism, and oppression ...

World Storytelling Day

published 3/11/2021
Hear the stories behind the stories on World Storytelling Day Nashville, Tennessee – United Methodist Communications invites United Methodists to join them in a special World Storytelling Day celebration on March 20, 2021, that provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on telling the stories of God’s work in the world through The United Methodist Church. Access to the special content will be available via Facebook Live at and on the denomination’s website at ...

2021 UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat

published 3/9/2021
Memphis Conference UMW 2021 Spiritual Growth Retreat Theme: Worry Less, Live More April 16-17 Come one, come all! This is Pat Dunker, and I’m the registrar for the 2021 Spiritual Growth Retreat at Lakeshore. And I’ve got a great idea for group attendance! Due to covid restrictions, we’re only allowed 5 people per room in the Calhoun Lodge and Hopper Lodge.  What does that mean for you? Send in 5 registrations from your church and/or district, and you’ve got a lodge room to yourselves! Send in ...

BMCR 54th General Meeting

published 3/9/2021
CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM You may register by mail or via the website and pay online.  To the beloved family and friends of God,    Greetings of grace and peace to you. It is with great joy and grateful hearts that we share that the 54th General Meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc. (BMCR) will be a virtual gathering of our members, partners, supporters and friends on the evening of Friday, March 19, 2021 and the afternoon to evening of Saturday, March ...

Lake Junaluska’s Marriage Enrichment Retreats in 2021

published 3/5/2021
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Registration is now open for Lake Junaluska’s four two-night Marriage Enrichment Retreats in 2021, with the first coming up March 14-16. Social distancing will be practiced and masks required at these Christian marriage retreats designed to help couples strengthen their relationships through guided, meaningful conversation. Ned Martin, a licensed clinical mental health counselor who also holds a Master of Divinity degree, will lead the retreats to be held March 14-16, May...

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) Workshops

published 3/1/2021
Memphis Conference Black Methodists for Church Renewal will host Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) Workshops Thursday, March 25th, 6-8 pm.  The Rev. Dr. Sonny Davis will be our Plenary Keynote Speaker.   BMCR Flyer   Choose one of the following workshops: Stewardship for the 21st Century - Rev. Roger Hopson Off the Pews and Into the Streets - Dr. Cheryl Walker How Christians Can Help Criminal Justice Reform - Dr. Angela Hopson A Healthy Church: Moving to Health and ...

UMHEF Scholarships Deadline Extended to March 19

published 3/1/2021
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation has extended its application deadline for scholarships through March 19, 2021. The last 12 months has been a year like no other. Students have been impacted in many unexpected and unseen ways. In light of these challenges, we've heard from many students requesting a little more time to complete their applications.  United Methodist students planning to attend a UM-related college, university, or seminary for the 2021-2022 academic year are ...

Faith and Race 101 and 102

published 2/26/2021
Join Rev. Keith Caldwell and Rev. Allison Gossett for Faith and Race 101 and 102 as we explore the theology and call of racial justice as people of faith in a two workshop series.  We will explore our baptismal covenant, Scripture, hear personal testimonies of transformation and more as we seek to build a foundational understanding of racial justice ministry as Christians.  This workshop series is open to any and all people.  Its content is targeted primarily for white Christians early in their ...

Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference, Issue Timeline Forward

published 2/25/2021
Press Release February 25, 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the further postponement of the 2020 General Conference, the Council of Bishops (COB) is calling a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be convened online on May 8, 2021. According to the call letter signed by COB President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, the Special Session will be held in accordance with Division Two – Section II – Article II of The Constitution of The United Methodist ...

General and Jurisdictional Conferences FAQ

published 2/25/2021
Click here for PDF Version What is General Conference? General Conference is the top legislative body of The United Methodist Church. It meets once every four years. Clergy (pastors) and lay (local church members) delegates are elected from every Annual Conference around the world to worship, pray, debate and vote as one body. Bishops preside at the sessions of the General Conference but do not have the privilege of voice or vote in its deliberations.   The General Conference works through a ...

Golden Cross Senior Ministries Interview and Impact Report

published 2/23/2021
City Current Radio Show featuring Kristi Owens sharing the GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries Message of who they are, what they do, who they serve, and how others can help, along with the 2020 Impact Report info graphic.    

Martin Methodist College Graduates Named Teachers of the Year

published 2/23/2021
PULASKI, Tenn. – Martin Methodist College (MMC) congratulates education graduates Candace Garland ‘17, Leah Guerrero ‘14, Kameron Allred ‘13, Ashley Simmons ‘11, and Shannon Bratton ‘99, all named “Teacher of the Year” in their respective schools. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

April 30 is deadline to apply for $2,000 music scholarship offered by Lone Oak UMC in Paducah

published 2/16/2021
  April 30 is the deadline to apply for the $2,000 Anita Padgett Memorial Music Scholarship offered by Lone Oak UMC in Paducah, Ky. Qualifications are: Member of any Methodist Church Sophomore or above, including graduate school Enrolled full time at a four-year college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher Demonstrated financial need Preference given to major or minor in music, music education or music-related field; or music ministry. For more information, contact: Lone Oak UMC at 270-554-1272, offi...

'Project Transformation' seeking young adult interns for Summer 2021

published 2/5/2021
Project Transformation Tennessee (PT) seeks college-age young adults eager to make an impact through leadership and service to apply for their paid summer internship program. Interns lead a summer program for children with a team of other interns, learn from Christ-inspired church and community leaders, and explore their faith in action. Through ministry with neighborhood churches, PT is eager to continue to journey with young leaders as they explore vocation across the Tennessee and Memphis ...

'The Staying Power of the Black Church' is theme for February 'Facebook Live' conversations

published 2/1/2021
Presents Resilience: The Staying Power of the Black Church  Facebook Live Conversations: Feb, 1, 8, 15 & 22  

Nominations and applications open for 2021 session of 'Shenandoah University Youth Theology Institute'

published 2/1/2021
  Is there high school student in your life who is ready to learn about how their faith in Jesus Christ calls them to live and be in the world in a way that seeks justice, all while earning college credit that they can carry with them wherever they go after high school? Nominate and encourage them to apply for the Shenandoah University Youth Theology Institute (SUYTI). SUYTI is a two-week, credit-bearing program for any young person who is currently in high school (that is, any student who will...

Three are honored for evangelism work with most recent Denman Awards

published 1/25/2021
When the 2020 Memphis Annual Conference took place (virtually) on Sept. 26, 2020, the Harry Denman Evangelism Awards for laity, clergy and youth were announced via video by Rev. Will Clark, pastor of Munford First United Methodist Church in Munford, Tennessee. Clark serves as chair of the Memphis Conference's Denman Award committee. Clark explained that the Denman award honors Memphis Conference United Methodists whose exceptional ministries of evangelism – expressed in Word (what), Sign (why)...

Here is 2021 'Paycheck Protection Program' (PPP) information and guidance for churches

published 1/22/2021
CLICK HERE FOR GUIDANCE for churches in a helpful Q&A format. This information has been compiled for The United Methodist Church by Wespath.

April 30 is deadline for churches to apply for 'Impact Grant' of up to $15,000

published 1/14/2021
ReKindle is Columbia Theological Seminary's Lilly Endowment-funded Thriving Congregations grant initiative. reKindle will award Impact Grants of up to $15,000 to congregations accepted into the program. Grant projects will support a congregation’s capacity to enhance their vitality in a post-COVID-19 context. The program will help congregations realize their goal of being a thriving congregation by supporting their focused attention on an identified need and mission ...

Board of Ministry shares information about clergy learning opportunities and funds in 2021

published 1/11/2021
By Rev. Lora Jean Gowan Board of Ministry January is here and it is time to take a look at learning opportunities for Memphis Conference clergy in the coming year. What are the areas in your ministry where a class or seminar could help you excel? What ministry is God calling you to explore? Where do you need more knowledge to serve your congregation well? The Board of Ministry would like to remind you that funds are available to make Continuing Formation within your reach....

COVID-19 did not deter 2020 Christmas outreach activities by 3 churches in Mississippi River District

published 1/7/2021
By Rev. James Luvene Hughlett, Lighthouse and Ross United Methodist Churches CHRISTMAS UPLIFT Three United Methodist churches in the Mississippi River District – Hughlett, Lighthouse and Ross – joined with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in December 2020 for their Annual Christmas Uplift program. Normally the men of Gamma Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity help take part in the Annual Christmas community meal and Christmas concert at Ross UMC in Dyersburg TN, but due to Covid-19, the ...

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