Franklin First UMC Hosts RAD Self-Defense Class

Ladies ages 12-80 participated in RAD: Rape-Aggression Self-Defense Class in July. This class was held by Franklin First UMC in partnership with the Franklin Police Department. Through these four sessions you will learn how to defend yourself in a variety of situations. Aggression happens in many ways from on a date, in a parking lot or even at work. Defending yourself and getting out of a bad situations is your goal and being prepared is the first step.

Confirm and Small(er) Church Youth Ministry

On August 11, the United Methodist Publishing House hosted a gathering to introduce new United Methodist endorsed confirmation curriculum. Initiated by the Confirmation Project of Princeton Theological Seminary in 2014, Youth Ministry Partners (Abingdon Press) joined the process to develop new Methodist confirmation training. The new curriculum, Confirm, hopes to offer a fresh approach to […]

Update on Commission on a Way Forward | Overwhelming response delays appointments

The Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee says that an overwhelming number of nominations for the Commission on a Way Forward has delayed the appointment of Commission members. More time is needed for all nominees to be given adequate consideration. Following their July meeting, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee asked all current residential and retired […]

Exploring the Call to Ministry

Three young adults from Hispanic ministries in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church have sensed a call to ministry and were approved by their District Committee on Ordained Ministry (dCOM) to begin the Orientation to Ministry process (OTM). OTM is a 6-month group mentoring discernment process. It all begins and ends with a day-long […]

Church Building for Sale | Nashville

In June 2016, The Tennessee Annual Conference voted for the discontinuance of the West Nashville UMC Charge. The Nashville District Board of Trustees voted to sell the facility located at 4710 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville TN. According to Paragraph 2541.3(d) of the Discipline, prior to selling the property, the Nashville District of the Tennessee Conference must first […]

Renfro Trust Fund | Grants for Small Rural Churches

The Renfro Trust Fund awards annual bricks-and-mortar grants to small rural United Methodist congregations in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Renfro Trust Funds are again available for award. The deadline for application is September 1 of the year in which the application is made. Please note: Applications will only be accepted when submitted through the Office of […]

UMCOR Awarded Top Rating from Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, the highly respected charity evaluator, has awarded UMCOR its top charity rating—four stars—for UMCOR’s excellent performance in the two broad categories assessed: financial health and accountability and transparency. “We appreciate this rating because we know donors are looking for unbiased information to help them evaluate the integrity of the organizations they contribute to,” […]

Virginia Conference Disaster Response — Teams Needed

VIRGINIA CONFERENCE DISASTER RESPONSE In February, storms and multiple tornadoes swept across Virginia causing loss of life, injuries, and severe property damage in communities in three districts of the conference. Work teams are being requested for the following dates and locations. Sept. 12-16 (Evergreen, Tappahannock, and Waverly) Sept. 19-23 (Tappahannock) Sept. 26-30 (Waverly) Oct. 03-07 (Evergreen) Oct. 17-21 (Waverly) Oct. 24-28 (Tappahannock, […]

Help Students with Homework at Project Transformation Sites

Volunteers are needed to serve in the afterschool program, beginning on August 30. Help students with homework! Volunteers are needed to help with homework, assist with educational activities, and build positive relationships with children in our programs at Aldersgate UMC in East Nashville, Antioch UMC, and Matthews Memorial UMC in Madison. We invite volunteers to commit to […]