Southeastern Jurisdiction 'Committee on Episcopacy' shares 'Plan of Intent' for July episcopal elections

published 1/16/2020

Coldwater United Methodist Church in Murray receives 'Renfro Trust Fund' grant

published 1/14/2020
Coldwater United Methodist Church (UMC) in Murray, Kentucky, in the Memphis Conference’s Purchase District is the recipient of a grant from the Renfro Trust Fund. Bricks-and-mortar Renfro Trust Fund grants are administered through the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) of The United Methodist Church and are awarded annually from interest accumulated in the fund. Click HERE for more information. The grants are for small membership, rural churches. Population guidelines are included in the grant ...

Craig reports on weekend storm damage in Nashville Episcopal Area -- and how to help those affected

published 1/14/2020
By Rev. Robert Craig, Coordinator, Nashville Episcopal Area Disaster Response Ministry I have been in conversation with people in several locations of the Nashville Episcopal Area today and have gone over the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) situation report of damage.  It seems that our Memphis and Tennessee Conferences were fortunate over the weekend. However, there may be small communities in some locations that were overwhelmed and need assistance for cleanup and/or repair. ...

Dates and location announced for Memphis Conference 'certified lay minister' training

published 1/14/2020
Memphis Conference Certified Lay Minister Training Fri-Sat, Feb. 28-29 Fri-Sat, March 13-14 Fri-Sat, April 24-25 POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS Friday evening schedule is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday schedule is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All 3 sessions must be completed for certification. Location - Mississippi River District Office Cost: $75 covers materials for all sessions. To qualify, a participant must have completed the Advanced Lay Speaking class and provide a recommendation letter signed by ...

Memphis Conference delegation endorses Rev. Autura Eason-Williams as episcopal nominee

published 1/14/2020
See more endorsements at end of this article. The Memphis Conference delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences has endorsed Rev. Autura Eason-Williams as its 2020 episcopal nominee to be elected a bishop in The United Methodist Church.   Eason-Williams, pastor of Capleville United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee (Metro District), will be among other nominees for the role of bishop to be elected during the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional (SEJ) Conference, July 15-17 in...

Feb. 24 is deadline to enter Alford Scholarship Competition at Martin Methodist College

published 1/10/2020
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS MORE INFO: Allen T. Stanton Executive Director Office: 931-363-9834  

April 1 is deadline to submit resolutions for 2020 Memphis Annual Conference in Germantown, TN

published 1/6/2020
April 1 is the deadline to submit resolutions for the 2020 Memphis Annual Conference, according to an announcement today from Rev. Tim Atkins, chair of the Memphis Annual Conference Committee on Resolutions. Important Word from Bishop Bill McAlilly (from his March 27 blog post): It is my deep hope that we will be able to gather in June for Annual Conference. At this time, we have not made a decision about postponing Annual Conference (due to Coronavirus). However, we will make that decision no...

Campaign materials are ready for '2020 Lenten Hunger Offering' set for Feb. 26 – April 12

published 1/6/2020
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS CAMPAIGN MATERIALS   By Lane Gardner Camp, Memphis Conference Director of Communications Materials are now available for the 2020 Lenten Hunger Offering campaign that will run from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, to Easter Sunday, April 12.    Established in 1983, the offering once known as the Lenten World Hunger Offering was shortened to Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO) in 2016 to help stress local hunger needs alongside world hunger issues. 2020 marks the campaign’s 37th ...

Employee mileage rate for 2020 is 57.5 cents

published 1/2/2020
The Memphis Conference Treasurer's Office today shared info about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) standard mileage rate for 2020. The 2020 employee mileage rate is 57.5 cents per mile. This is a decrease from 2019's rate of 58 cents per mile.  DETAILS Questions? Contact Memphis Conference Treasurer's Office

Hymn writing contest announced for 2020 Memphis Annual Conference

published 1/2/2020
By Dr. Mark Matheny, History Task Group Coordinator, 2020 Memphis Annual Conference Create new messages in music! As part of the celebration of the 180-year history of our Memphis Conference, you are invited to write new hymns. 2020 (June 8-10 in Germantown, Tennessee), will be our last Memphis Annual Conference.  During worship we hope to include two new hymns—one celebrating faithful heritage and one bridging the way toward our connection as the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference that ...

Memphis Conference Office in Jackson will be closed for MLK, Jr. federal holiday on Jan. 20

published 12/28/2019
The Memphis Conference Office of The United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tenn., will be CLOSED for the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday on Monday, Jan. 20 (third Monday of January). The office that serves United Methodist churches in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky is located at 24 Corporate Blvd. in Jackson, Tenn. Treasurer's Office: 731-664-5540 Connectional Ministries Office: 731-664-8480

Here is 2020 loan and scholarship info from United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry

published 12/19/2019
The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM)’s Office of Loans and Scholarships provides millions of dollars in scholarships to students every year. GBHEM’s Office of Loans and Scholarships has announced important dates for the 2020 year. Loan Information: The spring loan application period opened on Dec.12. This application is for enrollment between the months of January to May 2020. The deadline to apply is May 5. Students are eligible to apply for up to ...

'Girls United' mentoring program has Christmas event

published 12/17/2019
Girls United of Alamo and Dyersburg, Tennessee, met on Dec. 12 in Dyersburg for a Christmas event to celebrate young women of long standing who faithfully participate in the Girls United mentoring program. Also in attendance were Jean Love and Theresa Powell, who lead the Crockett County Division, and Rev. James Luvene, of Hughlett, Lighthouse, and Ross United Methodist Churche.  Girls United is a mentoring program to guide young women, ages 14-17, especially those at risk, in the community. ...

Olive Branch UMC filled 300+ Christmas mugs with useful items and gave them to senior citizens

published 12/12/2019
By Tammy Wimberly, Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Como, TN   The congregation of Olive Branch United Methodist Church in Como, Tennessee, collects Christmas coffee mugs year-round for a special ministry every December.    We collect 300+ mugs each year and fill them with items senior citizens can use: lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, fingernail clippers, candy, gloves, socks, shampoo, fingernail files, razors, pens, tissue, lip balm and dental floss.    The mugs are then wrapped, ...

Program by Hughlett, Lighthouse and Ross UMCs honors local public servants

published 12/11/2019
By Rev. James Luvene The Eighth Annual Honors and Award Program sponsored by Hughlett, Lighthouse and Ross United Methodist Churches in the Mississippi River District was held at Hughlett United Methodist Church in Tigrett, Tennessee, on Nov. 24. Honorees included: Neal Chatham, Director of New Life Union Mission Gary Reason, Mayor of Crockett County Rose Clardy, Executive Director of the Dyer County Transitions Program Jean Love, of Crockett County Circuit Court Teresa Powell, Service ...

2020 marks 20 years of scouting ministry accomplishments for Arlington UMC

published 12/5/2019
By Teresa Pinkston Rector, Scouting Ministries Coordinator, Arlington United Methodist Church February 2020 will mark 20 years of scouting ministries at Arlington United Methodist Church (UMC) in Arlington, Tennessee, and 100 years of United Methodist scouting as a whole.  Cub Scout Pack 452 began in 1999 at Arlington Elementary School and moved its charter to Arlington UMC in the 2000. The scouting unit began with seven boys and has grown to currently serving more than 160 boys in the Cub Scout...

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis seeks to raise $75,000 during December 2019

published 12/5/2019
“Compassion for All God’s Children” is the theme for a December 2019 campaign by United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis (UMNCM) to raise $75,000 in capital and service funds. UMNCM is an agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. "With the new 'Star Ministries' now at seven locations and growing, our mission, founded in 1907, needs to undergird Miriam Center, after-school programs, hunger ministry and more," reported Dr. Mark Matheny, president of the Board of ...

'A Right Jolly Old Elf' is Dec. 8-9 Christmas play at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN

published 12/2/2019
The Martin Methodist College (MMC) Drama Program’s Martin Players will present an original Christmas play, “A Right Jolly Old Elf.”    “A Right Jolly Old Elf” presents the adventures of a theatre company performing a children’s play and features the character Virginia O’ Hanlon, drawing from the famous editorial in the Chicago Sun that begins, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”   Serving as creator and director of the show is English Professor Dr. Kayla Wiggins. “I have always been ...

Martin Methodist College seeks speaking opportunities at UM churches & organizations

published 12/2/2019

Memphis Theological Seminary celebrates new 'Hamilton and Varnell Chair in Wesleyan Studies'

published 12/2/2019

Wesley Foundation at University of Memphis thanks Germantown UMC's UMW 'Faith Circle' for $upport

published 12/2/2019
The Wesley Foundation at the University of Memphis recently expressed thanks to the Faith Circle of United Methodist Women at Germantown United Methodist Church for its financial support of the campus ministry during 2019. This year through (a) series of fundraisers, the Faith Circle raised $4,493.28 for Memphis Wesley," reported Morgan Stafford, executive director of the Memphis Wesley Foundation . Stafford also thanked the Faith Circle for new photo boards on display in the halls of Memphis...

Name for new conference is announced

published 12/1/2019
UPDATE (April 2, 2020): NEW LAUNCH DATE for new conference is now January 1, 2022.  "We will continue to work toward our new conference by further aligning our ministries between the two conferences and building relationships around as many of our strategic initiatives as possible." ~ Bishop Bill McAlilly, Blog Message, April 2, 2020 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The below email message was sent on Dec. 1 by the Nashville ...

Storm cleanup continues in Tennessee River District

published 11/18/2019
Storm cleanup work in the Tennessee River District of the Memphis Conference continued last week, moving from McNairy County to Decatur County where three jobs that involved removing trees and debris were completed in Parsons. The late October storm caused damage in Decatur, Hardin and McNairy Counties in Tennessee. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, a team is expected to remove trees and debris in Stantonville in McNairy County. Frank Hartman, disaster response coordinator for the Tennessee River District...

Jan. 1 is deadline for rural churches to apply for 2020 Community Transformation Grants from The Turner Center, Martin Methodist College

published 11/4/2019
Throughout Methodist history, rural congregations have led meaningful change in local communities. To recognize and support the ongoing work of rural congregations, The Turner Center at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, today announced the 2020 Community Transformation Grant program.   This year, The Turner Center will award two, one-time grants of up to $5,000. Rural congregations and districts who recognize, cultivate, announce and invite their neighbors to participate in the ...

Reverse Advent Calendar is tool from Golden Cross Senior Ministries to encourage giving during Advent

published 11/4/2019
A Reverse Advent Calendar from Golden Cross Senior Ministries is a tool that encourages giving during Advent and helps individuals or groups enhance the lives of seniors served by Wesley Living. Following the calendar each day in December, participants place in a box items that seniors need. When a box is full, it may be delivered to the Golden Cross office at 1615 Appling Road Cordova, TN 38016 OR to any Wesley Living community. Serving nearly 2,200 seniors in 31 affordable housing ...

Reelfoot Rural Ministries needs plastic bags

published 11/1/2019
Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) in Obion, Tenn., is in need of PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS for its food pantry and thrift store, according to Laura Hunt, administrative secretary for RRM. The bags can be recycled bags from retail stores. A ministry of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, RRM serves people in need in four counties: Lake, Obion and Dyer Counties in Tennessee and Fulton County in Kentucky.  

Project Transformation seeking college interns (paid) for Summer 2020 program in Memphis, Tennessee

published 10/31/2019
Project Transformation Tennessee (PT) seeks college-aged young adults eager to make an impact through leadership and service to apply for their summer 2020 internships. Interns lead a summer day camp for children and youth, live in intentional community with other interns, learn from Christ-inspired church and community leaders, explore faith in action and represent Project Transformation in the community. Through leadership and ministry with Memphis, Tennessee, neighborhood churches, PT is ...

Jan. 10, 2020 is Memphis Conference DEADLINE for 2019 tithing payments from churches

published 10/29/2019
Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 is the final date the Memphis Conference Treasurer’s Office will receive payments for credit on 2019 tithing payments from churches. HOW TO SUBMIT TITHING PAYMENTS There are three ways to submit payments: Make online payment: CLICK HERE  Mail to P.O. Box 10667, Jackson, TN  38308. Take to Bank of Jackson, 420 Oil Well Road, Jackson, TN. Wire to Treasurer’s Office at a cost to the church.  To receive wiring instructions, contact Clare Wilson, assistant treasurer, at ...

United Methodists remove trees and debris after storm damage in Tennessee River District

published 10/29/2019
United Methodists are at work this week removing trees and debris after a storm this past weekend caused damage in Decatur, Hardin and McNairy Counties in Tennessee. These counties are part of the Tennessee River District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. Frank Hartman, disaster response coordinator for the Tennessee River District and a member of Huntingdon First United Methodist Church (UMC), has been leading  a six-member team to remove trees and debris, according ...

2019 Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog: Choose meaningful Christmas gifts that help change lives

published 10/28/2019
Offer Jesus Christ to a hurting world this Christmas by choosing one or more gift-giving opportunities listed below. Memphis Conference agencies and ministries were invited to submit 2019 gift-giving opportunities by Oct. 16 for this fifth annual Memphis Conference Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog. The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Consider making Christmas gifts in honor or memory of friends and loved ones. Gifts support the ...

Volunteers needed for General Conference in May 2020 in Minneapolis; Nov. 21 is deadline to apply

published 10/22/2019
Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2020 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Minneapolis, Minn., from May 5-15, 2020. At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: recorders, channel “B” identifiers and verbatim transcribers/copy editors. Recorders will serve as members of the staff of the secretary of the General Conference and work in direct support of their assigned legislative committee. ...

Memphis Conference 'Kid Min Gathering' set for Thursday, Nov. 7, in Jackson; respond by Nov. 4

published 10/17/2019
By Jessica Platt and Josh Shaw Do you have some questions that you would like to ask others who work in children's ministry? Do you mind sharing some of the awesome things you have going on at your church? Do you want to find out what others are planning for special events?  Have you found some curriculum that you love? Do you want to make connections with other churches for future partnerships or events?   If so, we invite you to come for a Kid Min Gathering at Jackson First United Methodist ...

Brick River Church Dashboard User Guide now updated to reflect changes in local church database

published 10/15/2019
Attention appointed clergy, staff and others who use the Brick River database: The Memphis Conference Church Dashboard User Guide has been updated to reflect changes in the local church dashboard on Brick River. A link to the User Guide is provided here and on the dashboard home page at For questions or information, email

Toys, money, volunteers, prayer needed for Reelfoot Rural Ministries' Dec. 9-12 Christmas Toy Store

published 10/11/2019
Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) in Obion, Tenn., is getting ready for its 2019 Christmas Toy Store and is now looking for prayer, as well as donations of toys, money and volunteer time. A ministry of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, RRM serves people in need within four counties: Lake, Obion and Dyer Counties in Tennessee and Fulton County in Kentucky. CLICK HERE to read Sept. 26 LETTER from Rev. Robert Craig, executive director of RRM, with details about the 2019 toy ...

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis operates now via neighborhoods-based initiatives

published 10/11/2019
By Jennie Dickerson, Cabin 9 Consulting In Spring 2019, after 112 years in ministry, United Methodist Neighborhoods Centers of Memphis (UMNCM) decided it was time for a drastic change. The UMNCM has always pivoted to fill the gap and serve people where the need is greatest. This time, the organization needed a complete shift in how it operates   For many years, it served one Memphis neighborhood—Binghampton. The UMNCM building housed childcare, after school programs, summer camp, feeding ...

Dec. 31 is deadline to help Golden Cross Senior Ministries with donation to endowment fund

published 10/7/2019
By Kristi H. Owens Director of Operations GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries Wesley Living and GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries represent a unique blend of collaborative ministries. Wesley Living provides quality affordable housing for a population of deserving seniors. GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries helps provide assistance in the form of daily living necessities, social and recreational activities and more for the nearly 2,200 senior residents who call a Wesley Living community home. Please take a...

How to subscribe to conference and district eNews:

published 10/1/2019
As the Memphis Conference heads into a time of transition that will see the end of the Memphis Conference and the birth of a new conference in January 2022 that unites the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences, it will be important to keep up with news and developments from one's conference and district. Dec. 1 UPDATE: Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference will be the name of the new conference. | DETAILS If you are not already receiving, below are links to subscribe to the Memphis Conference and...

Tours & Teams

published 9/30/2019
Below is a current list of upcoming travel opportunities for mission service AND for personal education and spiritual enrichment. The travel opportunities listed under the first two headings below are coordinated by clergy and laity of the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) of the United Methodist Church. They are listed by departure date. The quickest way to find this list is to visit this Memphis Conference website at and click on "Tours & Teams."  ...

'Project Transformation Memphis' celebrates summer 2019 program results: 172 children and youth served by 23 young adult leaders

published 9/27/2019
Ninety-one percent of Project Transformation’s summer interns said they gained knowledge about how their faith is connected to their work, according to a Sept. 26 media release about the ministry’s Summary of Impact report released last week.  During its fourth year of ministry in Memphis, Tennessee, Project Transformation (PT) served 172 children and youth with the leadership of 23 young adults across three site churches in the Metro District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist ...

Planning committee announces revised dates and venues for 2020 Memphis Annual Conference

published 9/27/2019
The dates and venues for the 2020 Memphis Annual Conference in Germantown, Tennessee have been revised, according to the planning team that met Sept. 26. The new dates and venues are: Monday - Wednesday, June 8-10, 2020 Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) and  Germantown United Methodist Church (GUMC) Germantown, Tennessee Members of the planning team include: Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly Delores Smith: 731-664-8480, Germantown United Methodist Church Staff and ...

Subscribe to MyCom for church marketing news

published 9/26/2019
  Receive a collection of free UMC digital wallpapers when you subscribe to the twice-monthly MyCom church marketing and communications e-newsletter. Learn about topics like: New Technology and step-by-step tutorials Emerging trends and fresh ideas Proven giving campaign plans Basic to advanced social media tips Subscribe now

Here's how to help survivors of Hurricane Dorian

published 9/17/2019
By Rev. Robert Craig, Disaster Response Coordinator Nashville Episcopal Area (Memphis and Tennessee Conferences) When communities around the world are devastated by natural disasters like Hurricane Dorian that recently struck the Bahamas and the east coasts of the U.S. and Canada, The United Methodist Church responds. This is possible because the people called Methodist live out their faith in loving service to their neighbors, near and far. If you desire to aid neighbors in need due to ...

'Family Connection' food ministry at Camden First UMC receives money from Lenten Hunger Offering

published 9/16/2019
The Family Connections food ministry at Camden First United Methodist Church in Camden, Tennessee, has received funds from the Tennessee River District portion of proceeds from the Memphis Conference’s 2019 Lenten Hunger Offering.   To learn more about the Memphis Conference’s 2019 Lenten Hunger Offering that raised and distributed $37,000, click HERE.   Family Connections will use the money to continue its ministry of providing food (staples, as well as meat, fresh vegetables and fruit) to ...

To observe 'National Drive Electric Week,' Millington First UMC will host ELECTRIC CAR EVENT Sept. 21

published 9/16/2019
Submitted by Millington First United Methodist Church There has been a growing concern about the impact of internal combustion engines on our world’s atmosphere and about using up our limited oil resources to power automobiles. Electric cars are making a comeback and are providing a cleaner and less expensive method of getting around town. This resurgence in interest in electric cars has resulted in National Drive Electric Week, a yearly nationwide celebration. National Drive Electric Week’s ...

Marshall County, Kentucky, benefits from 'Great Commission Day' coordinated by Benton First UMC

published 9/12/2019
Benton First United Methodist Church's Great Commission Day “turned out to be a beautiful, great day to celebrate being the Lord’s hands and feet in our community.”   That’s according to Jim and Dianna Ealey, members who coordinated the Sept. 7 Marshall County event for the Benton, Kentucky, church. Click HERE to watch video of Sept 7 event.   “Our theme of Hebrews 13:16 (And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased) turned out to be a huge ...

Funds will 'feed His sheep' says Carter about 'Lenten Hunger Offering' grants to his two churches

published 9/11/2019
Among the churches to receive funds for feeding ministries from the 2019 Memphis Conference Lenten Hunger Offering are New Hope and Wiley Chapel United Methodist Churches, in Mansfield and Paris, Tennessee, respectively. The funds are from a portion of the offering that was awarded to the Tennessee River District where the two churches are located. Rev. Jimmy Carter,who serves both churches, presented checks to the treasurers of the two churches. To learn more about the Memphis Conference’s ...

Memphis Conference churches donate 424 Christmas Shoe Boxes to Honduran villages

published 9/11/2019
United Methodist missionaries in Honduras will receive 424 Christmas shoe boxes this year, thanks to churches in the Memphis Conference. The boxes, collected at the Memphis Conference office in Jackson, Tennessee, were delivered to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Warehouse in Decatur, Alabama on Friday, Sept. 6. The September delivery was necessary to allow time for transport from Jackson to Decatur and then through customs to their destination by Christmas. According to ...

Martin Methodist College: The best is yet to come

published 9/9/2019
By John Collett, Director of Church Relations, Martin Methodist College   The 151st class of Martin Methodist College (MMC) students is now assembled, and MMC will be celebrating its Sesquicentennial during all of 2019–20! This milestone is a remarkable achievement of history and service, with MMC having provided church-related, faith-based higher education for over seven generations.   Celebrations, gatherings, reunions, visits to churches and ways of renewing our vision and mission will fill ...

Earn donations for your church via UMC Market

published 9/3/2019
The UMC Cash Back Market allows you to shop at thousands of retailers and earn cash back for your church. There are no fees. Commissions are paid from retailers to churches each month. GET STARTED First - Be sure to sign up at - shop hundreds of retailers you already know and love - earn cash back for your ministry! If you've already done that, be sure to:  Assign someone to automatically receive printable checks by email each month. Make church purchases using the mall! Whether ...

Need help with your church's WiFi service?

published 9/3/2019
The United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) can help churches and ministries monitor and manage wireless access points (APs) and associated access controllers through several offered services. GCFA can manage all Local Area Network (LAN) switching equipment.  GCFA can also install and manage complete firewall services. Firewalls help ensure network security and assure the availability of resources by protecting the network infrastructure against attacks, viruses,...

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