Rev. Eric Soard awarded 'Emerging Ministries Grant'

published 10/8/2018
Rev. Eric Soard, a clergy member of the Memphis Conference serving in the Tanzania Conference in Africa, has been awarded an Emerging Ministries Grant for deacons from the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), according to a recent announcement from Victoria Rebeck, director of Deacon Ministry Development with GBHEM. The award provides encouragement to a ministry led by a United Methodist deacon to engage church members in ministry with neighbors who are ...

Second van needed by Collierville UMC for its gleaning ministry now in its second year

published 9/21/2018
By Tommy Hart, Collierville United Methodist Church Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee, is looking for a van that might be donated to its gleaning program now in its second year. The first year we delivered 150,000 pounds of food to 25 area food pantries, meal providers and Golden Cross facilities. We have expanded the program this year and, with a second van, can double the amount of food we deliver. If any church, agency or individual has a van to donate to ...

Golden Cross Key Women gathered with preachers & heard stories of ministry with senior residents

published 9/17/2018
By Kristi Henson Owens, Executive Director, Golden Cross Senior Ministries Golden Cross Senior Ministries had a great turnout for its first ever “Bring-Your-Preacher-With-You Day” as part of its recent bi-monthly Golden Cross Key Women lunch meeting.   Nearly 50 people, including key women, preachers and Wesley Living staff, gathered at Wesley Stage Park on Battle Creek Drive in Memphis, Tennessee. Attendees were able to fellowship with others, sharing stories of how they are connected to ...

Mississippi River & Purchase Districts have Hispanic Ministries Strategist: Laura Ibarra-Hernandez

published 9/17/2018
NOTE: This story and all other content on the Memphis Conference website may be converted from English to Spanish by using the language converter located beneath Quick Links on the home page of this website. The Mississippi River and Purchase Districts of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church now share a Hispanic Ministries Strategist. Laura Ibarra-Hernandez received her appointment to this position during the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference. Ibarra-Hernandez is now reaching ...

Strayer University video 'The Mosque on Church Road' tells story of Heartsong United Methodist Church and Memphis Islamic Center

published 9/17/2018
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference, The United Methodist Church Heartsong United Methodist Church (UMC) in Cordova, Tennessee, is prominently featured in a ten-minute video produced by Strayer University for its more than 40,000 online students. “The Mosque on Church Road” was created in 2017 (with final edits in 2018) by Ashir Gruder and Alison Michel, producers with the school's Strayer Studios. The video tells the story of Heartsong UMC’s ongoing ...

$46,000 distributed to feeding ministries from Memphis Conference 2018 'Lenten Hunger Offering'

published 9/10/2018
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Memphis Conference United Methodist churches gave $46,515.74 in 2018 to the annual Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO). The money has now been distributed to feeding ministries inside and outside the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.   The LHO has raised nearly $2.5 million for hunger-relief ministries since its establishment in 1983. It is a unique ministry of the Memphis Conference, planned and executed by the ...

Nashville Episcopal Area Disaster Response Ministry shares plans for response to Hurricane Florence

published 9/10/2018
Oct. 10 UPDATE: EARLY RESPONSE TEAMS (ERTs): The South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is now ready to receive and requesting Early Respons Teams (ERTs). They require that the team leader be ERT leader-trained. Contact Chuck Marshall at (864) 216-1876 or Sept. 27 UPDATE:    EARLY RESPONSE TEAMS (ERTs): The North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is now ready to receive and requesting Early Response Teams (ERTs). At least one ...

130th Homecoming Celebration is set for Sunday, Sept. 9, at Lester's Chapel UMC in Jackson

published 9/5/2018
By Julia Rebecca Thornton, Pianist, Lester’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Jackson, TN   Lester's Chapel United Methodist Church (UMC) in Jackson, Tennessee, will celebrate 130 years of faithful service at its annual homecoming celebration on Sunday, Sept. 9. The church is located at 782 Harts Bridge Road in Jackson.   MORE ABOUT HOMECOMING   We divide the Homecoming Celebration into two parts--one at 10 a.m. and one at 11 a.m. The first part is a memorial service for members who have passed...

Collierville UMC's 6th season of 2018-19 Chamber Music Series begins Sept. 16; 5 events are set

published 9/5/2018
CLICK HERE for brochure with details of the season.

Memphis Conference agencies, ministries invited to participate in 'Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog'

published 9/5/2018
Plans are underway to set up the fourth annual online Memphis Conference "Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog" on the Memphis Conference website. The online catalog will provide links to information about gift-giving opportunities offered during November and December 2018 by agencies, ministries and churches of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. "The Connectional Ministries Team of the Memphis Conference is thankful to commend this opportunity to encourage everyone to give ...

Memphis Conference churches, agencies, ministries are reminded to use 'Emergency Response Guide'

published 9/5/2018
Memphis Conference churches, agencies and ministries are reminded to take advantage of the Memphis Conference Emergency Response Guide. The current issue, dated August 2017, is posted on the Memphis Conference website with password access. It may be accessed from its stored location downloaded to store electronically printed to keep in a notebook Click HERE to access the document. Any leader who has not received username and password should email request to   This ...

Churches invited to celebrate MLH SUNDAY on Sept. 30 with promotional & liturgy resources

published 8/31/2018
By Rev. Dr. Albert Mosley, Senior Vice President Faith and Health Division, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare   From our origins in The United Methodist Church to the hundreds of partner congregations in our Congregational Health Network, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee, has always sought to live out our Methodist calling through faithful service and partnership with Christ’s church. As part of our Centennial Celebration (1918-2018), we are inviting churches in the Memphis ...

Decaturville FUMC provided summer lunch program

published 8/30/2018
By Jeanette Cruit, Decaturville First United Methodist Church Decaturville First United Methodist Church in Decaturville, Tennessee, took part in a summer lunch program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Southwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency We started on July 9 and ended on July 31, meeting Monday through Friday. The first day we had no one show up, but after that, we had 5 to 15 each day. Doors opened at 11:15 a.m. and lunch was served from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. ...

Temple UMC in Millington gets to know families by hosting back-to-school picnic for its adopted school

published 8/27/2018
Approximately 15 families turned out at Lucy Elementary School in Millington, Tennessee on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a back-to-school picnic hosted by Temple United Methodist Church (UMC), also located in Millington. Lucy Elementary is the church’s “precious adopted school,” according to Temple UMC’s pastor, Rev. D’Leigh Harvell. Eight volunteers from the church were present to serve hotdogs, chips, and lemonade, as well as play BINGO with school supplies as prizes.   “It was amazing how many ...

Metro (Memphis) District churches help organize Aug. 18-19 Guatemalan Mobile Consulate

published 8/22/2018
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS Photos by Sara Corum, Jennie Dickerson, Kristofer Rood By Rev. Kristofer Roof, Peace Tree United Methodist Church For the fifth time in two-and-a-half years, Peace Tree United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee, organized volunteers for the Guatemalan Mobile Consulate which took place Aug. 18-19 in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee. The lead church for the event was Iglesia Metodista Unida "El Redentor" and the host church was Trinity United Methodist Church. ...

Many services are offered to local churches from UMC's General Council on Finance & Administration

published 8/13/2018
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church offers the following services to local churches, according to information provided by Larry Davis, treasurer and director of administrative services for the Memphis Conference.  Davis suggests that churches consider these resources. Human Resources - Compensation Study HR Audit Recruitment Ultipro - a cloud-based human capital management solution designed to ...

Mississippi River District offering two advanced lay servant classes in November

published 8/13/2018
The Mississippi River District is offering two advanced lay servant classes this fall: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the former Brownsville District Office, 1489 E. Main St., Brownsville, TN. Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Troy United Methodist Church, 226 Westbrook St., Troy, TN. Both classes will be led by Dr. Phillip Cook. Cost is $15 which includes lunch. To register or for more information, contact District Lay Resource Leader Susan Davidson at or ...

Here's how to communicate with Memphis Conference delegation to 2019 'called session' of United Methodist General Conference

published 8/9/2018
The Memphis Conference delegation is preparing for its work at the 2019 called session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.   Anyone who wishes to communicate with the delegation should use this email address:   The Memphis Conference is sending the same delegates to the special 2019 session that it elected in 2015 for the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Click here to read about the 2015 ...

Lighthouse United Methodist Church's Kaleidoscope Summer Camp: A Blessed Place to Be

published 8/8/2018
CLICK HERE and scroll to page 25.

Many volunteers join together to help Stroud family after February tornado in Union City, TN

published 8/8/2018
By Rev. Brian Stahl, Mississippi River District Disaster Response Coordinator Approximately 20 properties were affected when a tornado touched down outside of Union City, Tennessee, on Feb. 24, 2018.  One of the properties is owned by Randy and Theresa Stroud, lay servants in the Mississippi River District.   The couple and their son were trapped inside one of their three mobile homes that were destroyed. They had to be rescued by the Obion County Rescue Squad. The Mississippi River ...

'Willing souls and able bodies' needed by South Carolina Conference to help with disaster recovery

published 8/3/2018
The Disaster Recovery Ministries of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church continue to help South Carolina families recover from devastating floods in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Even though there have been other more recent disasters, the South Carolina Conference still needs "willing souls and able bodies" to work in South Carolina, according to Dan O'Mara, communications coordinator for the conference.   To learn more and volunteer, Click HERE. MORE INFO: Dan ...

Now available: 2019 charge conference forms for 2018 charge conference season

published 8/3/2018
An inventory of 2019 charge conference forms for the 2018 charge conference season of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church is now available for easy download.  Each of the Memphis Conference's four districts has its own list of required forms. Churches are advised to FIRST contact their district office for list of required forms. Below are links to forms you might need: Report of the Trustees | Click Here Report of the Finance Committee | Click Here Continuing Formation ...

Golden Cross Golf Classic set for Thursday, Sept. 13, at Windyke Country Club in Memphis, TN

published 8/2/2018
By Kristi H. Owens, Executive Director, Golden Cross Senior Ministries It is that time of year again! Time to dust off your clubs, shine your shoes and make your early reservation for this year’s Golden Cross Golf Classic on Thursday, Sept. 13.  Last year your participation literally helped transform lives, one need at a time.   This year celebrates the 18th Annual Golden Cross Golf Classic. We are expecting to be blessed with a remarkable early registration of golfers and sponsors for this ...

Here is helpful info about Special Session of General Conference, Feb. 23-26, 2019, St. Louis, Missouri

published 8/1/2018
Feb. 23-26, 2019 St. Louis, Missouri How to communicate with Memphis Conference delegation | DETAILS Latest news | DETAILS Resources for congregations to talk about Way Forward plans | DETAILS Resources for Praying our Way Forward | DETAILS

Martin Methodist College president awarded contract extension after one year in office

published 7/30/2018

Temple UMC in Millington supports neighborhood school with 3 back-to-school activities this week

published 7/30/2018
Temple United Methodist Church in Millington, Tennessee, has numerous back-to-school events planned this week in support of its adopted neighborhood school, Lucy Elementary. Monday, July 30: Back-to-School Breakfast for school's teachers, staff and administrators Sunday, Aug. 5: Blessing of the Backpacks during 11 a.m. worship Sunday, Aug. 5: Back-to-School Prayer Walk, starting at 6:15 p.m. at the school at 4404 Sykes Road For more information, email Temple United Methodist Church's pastor, ...

'Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center' in western N.C. now offering personal spiritual retreats

published 7/24/2018
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center in western North Carolina is now offering personal spiritual retreats -- guided and self-directed.   GUIDED RETREATS Aug. 27- 29 | Sept. 3-6 | Oct. 1-3 | Nov. 5-7   Experienced spiritual directors and clergy guide you through a group centering session, evening prayer service and an individual spiritual direction session, while leaving you ample time for personal reflection and renewal. $297 for two nights lodging in Lambuth Inn, program and retreat ...

'Two Sisters Ministry' provides office home for prison congregation: Grace Place United Methodist Church

published 7/24/2018
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications A “hidden ministry” is how Rev. Diane Harrison describes her prison congregation. Located at the Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center (WTRC) at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Fort Pillow, Tennessee, Grace Place United Methodist Church (UMC) has space for worship and activities, but the rural location 60 miles north of Memphis is not suited to meeting, greeting and educating ministry supporters. For that reason, Grace Place UMC now ...

Summary of electronic and digital communication stats from 2018 Memphis Annual Conference:

published 7/24/2018
Below are some digital and electronic communication statistics from the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference, held Sunday through Tuesday, June 3-5, 2018, in Paducah, KY. The orientation video (6 min/18 sec) (find it here) accessible to everyone, but especially produced for delegates (first-time and seasoned), had 652 views.   The 2018 Memphis Annual Conference information page on the Memphis Conference website ( had 16,352 views between early January and mid July. This ...

Decaturville First UMC is helping feed hungry this summer with 'blessing box' and free meals

published 7/18/2018
CLICK HERE for two July 18 news stories in Decatur County''s News Leader newspaper.

Proceeds from sale of new book benefit United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis

published 7/18/2018
United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis has been named the recipient of proceeds from sales of a new book by Dr. Mark Matheny, retired Memphis Conference United Methodist clergy. Surprising Angels: Dorpey and Other Friends was published this summer under Matheny’s pen name, Obed Branch. The book is a collection of “15 character sketches of unusual people” who touched Matheny’s life during the early years of his ministry -- in the 1970s and 1980s. Most of these persons, Matheny ...

Note staffing news for conference and districts

published 7/5/2018
The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church has experienced staff changes and additions at the conference and district levels in recent months. They are listed below. MEMPHIS CONFERENCE Elyse Bell - Director of Missional Engagement Shelby Johnston - Summer Office Intern METRO DISTRICT LaToria Presley -  Administrative Assistant Morgan Stafford - District Cross-Cultural Strategist MISSISSIPPI RIVER DISTRICT Laura Hernandez - District Hispanic Ministries Strategist PURCHASE DISTRICT...

Arlington UMC scouts experience wilderness camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing at 'Northern Tier'

published 6/29/2018
Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 452, chartered by Arlington United Methodist Church (UMC) in Arlington, Tennessee, took a “high adventure trip” this month to Northern Tier in the Great North Woods of northern Minnesota and Canada.   Northern Tier offers Boy Scout troops “incredible canoe journeys and wilderness camping,” according to Teresa Pinkston-Rector, religious and service hours coordinator/chartered organization rep for Scouting Ministries at Arlington UMC.   Participants from Arlington UMC ...

2018 'Youth Annual Gathering' drew participants from ten Memphis Conference churches

published 6/26/2018
Approximately 100 youth, college students and youth workers representing ten churches from throughout the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church participated in the 2018 Youth Annual Gathering (YAG), June 3-5, at Broadway United Methodist Church in downtown Paducah, Kentucky.   Participating churches were Arcadia, Bolivar, Broadway, Calvert City, Capleville, Covenant, Germantown, Halls, Shiloh and Trinity (Paducah), according to Rev. Amanda Crice, campus minister of the Wesley ...

July 12 is deadline for youth to apply for spot on Conference Youth Council (CYC) for 2018-19

published 6/21/2018
July 12 is the deadline for Memphis Conference youth to apply for a spot on the Conference Youth Council (CYC) for the 2018-19 year.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS and APPLICATION

New 'John Wesley' tattoo has important meaning for Rev. Jason W. Jones as he itinerates this summer

published 6/19/2018
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference He says he is “not a tattoo junkie,” but Rev. Jason W. Jones recently decided to get some "skin art" with important meaning for him: an image of a Methodist circuit rider with the accompanying words, “The world is my parish.”   The image of the circuit rider – clergy on horseback – has always been a “motivator” for Jones, who said it keeps him centered in his ministry, particularly the itinerant aspect of his life as United ...

Resolution for 'intent to form new conference' passes

published 6/19/2018
FROM Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly Nashville Episcopal Area The United Methodist Church I am pleased to announce that the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences have voted, each by more than 87%, to endorse the intent to move forward with a plan to form a new conference! With this positive vote, the conferences have agreed to rely on God to show us the “new thing” that God is doing! (Isaiah 43:19). Next steps: We will continue to model innovation, unity, and good stewardship of our ...

'Kids With God' summer outreach program was offered by Hazel UMC in Hazel, KY

published 6/18/2018
Seven children and a teenage helper participated in this summer’s “Kids With God” outreach program, a new ministry at Hazel United Methodist Church in Hazel, Kentucky. The ministry received its funding from individual and church donations and a $500 grant from the Memphis Conference “Churches Reaching Neighbors” grant program. “We had a diverse representation of children: 3 black, 2 Hispanic and 2 white, all getting along and learning about God. We hope and expect these numbers will grow,” ...

Ministry update from United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, an agency of the Memphis Conference

published 6/18/2018
“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31      By Rev. Chuck Pittman, Grimes Memorial United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN   Changes are taking place at United Methodist Neighborhood Centers (UMNC). The Memphis Conference agency in Memphis, Tennessee, is in the process of divesting itself of expensive properties so it might be able to concentrate on ...

Women of Memphis Conference among United Methodist Women (UMW) urged to change world

published 6/18/2018
A group of 22 women from the Memphis Conference were among more than 6,000 women who gathered for three days of listening, learning and social action geared toward giving them the power and inspiration to make a difference in the world. The United Methodist Women’s Assembly was held May 18-20 in Columbus, Ohio, with the theme “The Power of Bold.” Read story from United Methodist News Service Read another story from United Methodist News Service Read report and see photos by United Methodist ...

Wrap-up ... 'See all the people’ was theme of 2018 Memphis Annual Conference in Paducah, KY

published 6/15/2018
************************************************************************** PHOTO ALBUM (202 images) | Click Here  PHOTO BOOTH (106 images) | Click Here VIDEO | Click Here 'SEE ALL THE PEOPLE' RESOURCES | Click Here CLERGY APPOINTMENTS | Click Here (updated 6.21.18) WORSHIP LITURGIES | Opening Service | Retirement Service |  Memorial Service | Ordination Service | Closing Service COMMUNICATION STATS | DETAILS  (added 7.26.18) EVALUATION | Click Here  | June 30 is deadline to submit. MORE ...

'Fiesta with Jesus' Hispanic outreach events took place June 6-8 in three communities

published 6/14/2018
Fiesta With Jesus, a Hispanic outreach initiative of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, was offered in three different locations on June 6, 7 and 8. The Memphis Conference includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The guest speaker for all three events that also included food, games and Bible stories, was Pastor Hector Costilla Diaz of Allende, Coahuila, Mexico. He was in the U.S. to attend the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference, June 3-5 in Paducah, Kentucky, and extended...

Martin Methodist College thanks Memphis Annual Conference for 'hospitality and excitement'

published 6/13/2018
Martin Methodist College (MMC) in Pulaski, Tennessee, sends "thanks" to participants at the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference in Paducah, Kentucky, June 3-5, according to Dr. Ed Trimmer, executive director of the Turner Center for Church Leadership at MMC. Trimmer expressed thanks for "wonderful hospitality and excitement as we served donuts and coffee Monday and Tuesday morning. It was a joy and blessing for us to be present with our brothers and sisters in Christ."    

New story: United Methodist Judicial Council OKs submission of 'other petitions' for General Conference special session in 2019

published 5/25/2018
Click HERE for story by United Methodist News Service.

500 women prisoners enjoy concert by Veritas, sponsored by Grace Place United Methodist Church

published 5/21/2018
“Hope Survives” was the opening song of a May 19 concert, sponsored by Grace Place United Methodist Church at the church’s home inside the Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Fort Pillow, Tennessee. Veritas, a contemporary classical vocal group, presented the concert in memory of E. Hunter Harrison, brother of the church’s pastor, Rev. Diane Harrison. Harrison's brother died in December 2017 and “was a generous supporter of Grace Place,” she said....

Family Life Center at Gadsden UMC is open to public Mon./Thur., 5 to 7 p.m., to walk or exercise

published 5/21/2018
Gadsden United Methodist Church is opening its Family Life Center to the public to "walk or exercise" on Mondays and Thursdays, from 5 to 7 p.m. "It costs nothing and is a great way to fellowship with others and live a healthier life," said a media release from the church. The church is located at 20048 Hwy 79, Gadsden, TN 38337  

News story: Bishops clarify statement on 'Commission on a Way Forward' recommendation

published 5/18/2018
READ STORY by United Methodist News Service.

Hazel UMC's 114th anniversary service offers glimpse of heaven: 'no boundaries of race, denomination or gender'

published 5/16/2018
By Rev. April Arnold Hazel United Methodist Church Hazel, KY   Hazel United Methodist Church in Hazel, Kentucky, celebrated 114 years in ministry at a homecoming Service on Sunday, May 6.   Who we celebrated with is what is remarkable.    Through our Wednesday morning time of Bible study, fellowship and prayer that we have re-branded and are calling, "Coffee With God," we have welcomed people from different races and denominations. From these relationships, bridges have been formed culminating ...

Ross UMC hosts 'Teachers Can't Do It Alone' event

published 5/16/2018
Seventeen teachers from Dyer County and Dyersburg City Public Schools received certificates of appreciation and gifts from Ross United Methodist Church on May 4. The 7th annual “Teachers Can’t Do It Alone” Luncheon was held at the church’s Cornerstone Center in Dyersburg. Dr. Karen Bowyer, president of Dyersburg State Community College, was the speaker.  Others in attendance were Rev. James Luvene, the church’s pastor; Rev. Gary Meade of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church; Chris Young, mayor of ...

Six new Stephen Ministers commissioned at Trinity United Methodist Church in Paducah

published 5/16/2018
Trinity United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, commissioned six new Stephen Ministers on Sunday, May 6.   Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during...

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