Comprehensive African-American Strategic Team
The Comprehensive African-American Strategic Team (C.A.A.S.T.) offers resources and plans events for African-Americans such as "Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century," and Black Methodist for Church Renewal ministries, provides opportunities for building community, enhancing ministry skills and strategic planning for leaders in the Black Church, and works in conjunction with the other ethnic groups in developing greater awareness of the need for unity amid diversity as a mean of living into God's Kingdom of love and justice.
|Leadership Personnel||Officers: Chair, Stephen Handy (3); Secretary, Mildred Haney.
Leadership Team: Leonard Stacy Cowan, Roger A. Hopson, Michele Morton, Joe Shelton, Robert Utley, Graham Matthews, Newtonia Coleman, Vance Ross, Kennard Murray, Bettye Shelton, Shirley Renee Franklin, Fred Allen, Ken Edmondson, Vivian Martin, Harold Martin, Mattielyn Williams; Ephiphany Fields, Welton Pride (CCYM).
Ex Officio: CCOCM Staff, Joaquin Garcia
> The SBC-21
The General Conference has voted to set forth several new programs to address membership growth and development in the United Methodist Church utilizing the theme of Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.
The African-American segment of the UMC was to receive special attention and focus for growth and developing vital ministry. The special program is called SBC-21, better known as Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century.
The SBC-21 focus is to partner stronger churches with churches in need of assistance toward their development. The resource centers being the stronger churches as indicated previously will host persons from around the country to spend time in their church community observing and being mentored. They will then follow-up on a regular basis to evaluate and provide encouragement.
It is hoped that the efforts of the General Conference along with the resourcefulness of our Tennessee Conference will serve to help stimulate every church to be centers for vital, spiritual and dynamic ministries.
For more information, please visit the Black Methodists For Church Renewal website by clicking on the banner below: