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Four areas of focus for the Tennessee Conference are:

Invest in Young People |  Engage the Mission Field |  Create Transforming Lay and Clergy Leaders |  Grow Fruitful and Faithful Churches


Virtual VBS Materials for All to Use

We know many churches are planning virtual VBS programs. If you have children’s VBS materials that you wish to share with other churches in our Tennessee Conference connection, please email us at communications@TNUMC.org.


WEEK OF APRIL 20, 2020 – Change

Read: Acts 9:1-17

There have been a lot of changes in our world lately.  We have changed the way that we have church. Kids have changed the way that they have school.  Adults have changed the way they go to work. Many have suddenly found themselves without work. Even routine tasks like going to the grocery store are suddenly major ordeals, filled with face masks and gloves and a general sense of dystopia.

It’s…a lot.

A few months ago, just before life as we knew it began to change, I visited the Frist Art Museum in Nashville.  I wanted to see a traveling exhibit with original artwork from the acclaimed children’s book, click for more

WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2020 – Christ is Risen!

Read: Matthew 28:1-10

Christ is risen!  Christ is risen indeed!  This opening greeting on Easter Sunday, the sound of trumpets, Easter lilies, crowded pews, everyone in their Easter finest.  These are some of the images and sounds that make up my Easter memories.  This year is different though. click for more

WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2020 – Jesus Heals a Blind Man

“He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” ‭‭John‬ ‭9:11‬ ‭

          I have read the story of the blind man many times in my life. This week, I reconnected with it as I was prepping my children’s sermon. Reading it this week certainly hit differently. click for more


Children’s and Family Ministry

We believe in the importance of building teams for ministry.

The Children’s Ministry Discipleship Team consists of a diverse group of children’s and family ministry leaders from across the Tennessee Conference. This team is represented by leaders from camp and retreat ministries, churches of all sizes, districts, and most importantly ethnicities.

The Children’s Ministry Discipleship Team is focused on assisting local churches and ministry leaders in increasing their capacity to build disciples of Jesus Christ through ministry with children and family systems.


 

Our Values.

The Children’ Ministry Discipleship Team strives to assist local church leaders through commitment to serving with the following values:

Intentional: We are focused, purposeful, engaged, meaningful, mindful and committed in our actions.

Relational: We create space for respectful collaboration, where we empathize and engage, while holding each other accountable.

Spiritual Depth: We commit to being rooted and grounded in our own faith so that we can carry out our ministry and assist others to do the same.

Encouraging: We support and affirm each other by validating the thoughts and actions of the others on our team.

Diverse: We are intentional in including a variety of voices in our conversations and planning.

Connectional: We commit to reaching across the conference to cooperate and collaborate in shared ministry.

 

Children’s Ministry Discipleship Team Leaders

Joanna Cummings and Celia Fuller

Joanna is the Pastor to Children and Families at The Village UMC in Nolensville.

Celia is the Children’s Development Editor for Cokesbury Kids.

Contact the Children’s Ministry Discipleship Team.

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Nashville Area BaSE Foundations Training

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Nashville Area BaSE Foundations Training

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Nashville Area Safe Sanctuaries Training

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Nashville Area BaSE Foundations Training

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Nashville Area BaSE Foundations Training

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Nashville Area BaSE Foundations Training

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Nashville Area BaSE Foundations Training

October 29, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Nashville Area Safe Sanctuaries Training

October 30, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Nashville Area BaSE Foundations Training

April 29, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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