New Tax on Parking Provided for Church Employees

On 12/14/2018, Wespath and GCFA legal staff provided their interpretations of the new (2018) IRS guidance concerning potentially taxable parking lot expenses (Wespath) see also White Paper(GCFA) and taxable fringe benefits for church staff. This will not affect most churches that do not reserve parking spaces for employees and do not reserve paid parking spaces for non-public parking. This […]

2019 Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett Center

In 2010 Poet’s Corner was started at Scarritt-Bennett Center. Since its beginning 60+ poets have participated in the monthly readings, some coming from as far away as California, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Various themes have surfaced: religious and faith-based; emotions including love, hate, hurt, frustration, etc; personal reflections and observations of life; nature; resistance to the […]

Beersheba Springs Assembly Announces New Program & Retreat Director

Beersheba Springs Assembly is pleased to announce that Trevor Gentry will start as the new Program and Retreat Director in January 2019. The Program & Retreat Director is responsible for hosting and providing excellent care of our normal retreats and groups, along with developing new retreats and programs for the Assembly. Trevor brings with him […]

2019 ENCORE Ministry Award Nomination Application

Each year at the Tennessee Annual Conference, Encore Ministry recognizes individuals and congregations that are engaged in exemplary ministry by, with, and for older adults.  You are invited to nominate a United Methodist church and/or a church leader in the Tennessee Conference for the 2019 Encore Ministry Award. The deadline for these nominations is January […]

Choirs Needed for 2020 General Conference

Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist choirs and worship ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2020 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which meets in Minneapolis, Minn. from May 5 -15, 2020. To apply for an invitation to General Conference, groups are asked to […]

Centertown United Methodist Church Receives Second Grant for Food Ministry

Centertown (Tennessee) United Methodist Church received a second grant for $3,000 from the Golden Cross Foundation, a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. Money from this grant was used to purchase a storage unit for non-perishable items for the church’s weekly food ministry program. The program started […]

Methodist Educational Leaders Affirm Church Unity and Establish Africa Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 26, 2018 – Methodist educational leaders and members of the African Association of Methodist Institutions of Higher Education (AAMIHE) and the African Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions (AAUMTI) are gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa this week for a joint conference. The leaders affirmed their commitment to “Church unity” and established the […]

Statement from the Council of Bishops regarding the Judicial Council Decision

October 26, 2018 In service to the delegates of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, the Council of Bishops asked for a declaratory decision of the Judicial Council regarding the constitutionality of the three plans contained in the report of the Commission on a Way Forward. In a unanimous decision, the Judicial Council raised questions regarding […]