Building a Strong Children’s Ministry – Annette Safstrom

Flash and fizz can be effective at attracting young families, but without sustainable systems beneath the unforgettable moments, the impact is almost always short-lived. In this practical resource, you’ll learn how to recruit volunteers, partner with parents, navigate politics, and care for your own soul instead of frantically scrambling to do it all yourself. Sustainable Children’s […]

Youth Discover Threads of Christ’s Love at Warmth in Winter

By Brennen Boose NASHVILLE, TN – Over 2,400 youth and church youth leaders packed the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center for 2019 Warmth in Winter. Youth from all across the Tennessee Conference traveled to Nashville, TN to be reminded of how we are knit together through Christ. The theme of the conference was Woven. Based […]

October is SIDS Awareness Month

Babies should sleep ALONE, on their BACK and in a CRIB. 139  babies died in Tennessee in 2016 from sleep-related deaths.  Always place babies on their backs to sleep at night and at nap time. Babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies should always sleep in a crib. The […]

Warmed by Warmth In Winter

Sam’s S.E.C. Movement A student accepts a challenge to lead a movement Charlotte-Fagan UMC, Charlotte, TN.  At Warmth in Winter 2018, Sam Kilian attended the “Starting a Movement” workshop for high school students. She felt challenged to begin a movement of her own. She came to Charlotte-Fagan Director of Youth Ministries Loran Anderson with her ideas, […]


Charlotte-Fagan UMC, Charlotte, TN – Dickson County has had a difficult year. After the shooting death of police sergeant Daniel Baker in Dickson, fundraisers to help the family became a common refrain in the community. On Sunday, June 10, Jet Anderson walked into the pastor’s office with his mother, youth director Loran Anderson, to pitch an […]

Expired: New Office For Miriam’s Promise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 2, 2017)—After almost a decade, Miriam’s Promise is moving the offices of the mid-state pregnancy, parenting and adoption services agency from Tulip Street United Methodist Church in East Nashville to the Scarritt Bennett Center campus off 21st Avenue in Nashville, according to agency executive director, Debbie Robinson. The Tennessee Annual Conference of […]

The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) Announces Partnership between Love in a Big World and Project Transformation

Nashville, Tenn.—Love in a Big World, UMPH’s research-based, social-emotional curriculum and character education movement has partnered with Project Transformation (PT), a program founded in 1998 by leaders in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church that provides leadership development and ministry exploration to college-aged young adults who sign on to lead community-oriented after-school […]

Cedar Crest Summer Registration Open

Cedar Crest Camp is thrilled to open registration for summer 2017. There are several camping options this summer for children and youth who have finished first grade through senior year of high school. Children who have finished first or second grade can experience three days and two nights of camping in our Mini Camps. Children […]

TNUMC Conference Staff Serves at Last Minute Toy Store

TNUMC Connectional Ministries staff participated in the Last Minute Toy Store at 61st Avenue UMC in West Nashville on Monday. The LMTS, open from December 16-19, is a ministry offering an opportunity for families in need to shop for Christmas gifts for their children. This year, 4,318 Middle Tennessee children were served who otherwise would […]

Cedar Crest Camp Celebrates Next Gen Children’s Ministry Fall Retreat

Lyles, Tennessee—More than 90 children and adult leaders attended the first conference-wide children’s retreat at Cedar Crest on October 22 and 23. Participants from 13 conference churches took part in adventure-themed games, activities, worship, small group sessions and fellowship throughout the two-day retreat. Our theme was “Be Bold, Be Fearless, Be Faithful” as we shared […]