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The Nashville Area Office of Leadership Formation and Development | Serving the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences

The Nashville Area Office of Leadership Formation and Development is a ministry of the Tennessee and Memphis Annual Conferences. (It formerly was known as the Office of Ministerial Concerns.) The office name change is due to a new focus for this office that is now dedicated to the leadership formation and development of laity as well as clergy.

There are three primary areas of ministry for the Office of Leadership Formation and Development:

Operations of the Boards of Ordained Ministry of the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences

  • Assist the Boards of Ministry with record keeping, tracking, recruitment and processing of candidates for ministry.

Clergy Development and Nurture

  • Develop strategies and programs to help churches and individuals discern calls to ministry.
  • Develop approaches to recruiting clergy and ministerial candidates for service in the Nashville Area.
  • Work with the Orders of Deacons and Elders and the Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors to develop strategies and events for spiritual and professional formation.
  • Connect clergy to coaching and counseling resources when needed or requested by clergy or the supervisors.Lay Leadership Development

Lay Leadership Development

  • Work with Nashville Area Boards of Laity to develop lay leadership and connect lay people with ministry needs.
  • Work with existing programs such as the Generative Leadership Academy, the Turner Center for Church Leadership, and Memphis Conference Lay Leadership Development Teams to resource and develop leadership among laity that assists the Boards of Ministry with record keeping, tracking, recruitment and processing of candidates for ministry.

 

Specific clergy support opportunities include:

  • Optional and mandatory training for clergy advancement (All clergy under appointment in the Nashville Episcopal Area are required to complete mandatory trainings each quadrennium in order to remain under appointment).
  • Required BaSE and Safe Sanctuaries classes for clergy in the Nashville Episcopal Area are offered in April and in October each year. Inclusiveness training is offered quarterly.
  • Dates for Required Training
  • Financial Support for Clergy Counseling.
  • Ministerial Education Funds:
    •  Since 1968, the Ministerial Education Fund has helped thousands of people become pastoral leaders in The United Methodist Church by providing scholarships to seminary students pursuing ordination. If you are a seminary student from the Nashville Area and are interested in receiving MEF, there are four requirements for eligibility:
    • You must be a certified candidate for ministry to qualify for MEF funds.  Applications are processed on an adhoc basis.
    • You must be willing to sign a promissory note indicating a willingness to provide one year of full-time service in The United Methodist Church for every $3,000 of MEF received.
    • Your seminary must send a letter/email of enrollment if you are a full-time student or a billing statement if you are a part time student to the Nashville Area Office of Leadership Formation and Development. Both the letter of enrollment and billing statement must be sent after the end of the drop/add period of your seminary.
    • Full time students are eligible for $7200/year, (not to exceed $21,600 over three years) if you are attending a school on the University Senate approved list of non-Methodist seminaries. Beginning in Fall 2017, full time students attending one of our United Methodist seminaries will be eligible for $8200/year (not to exceed $24,600 over three years).
    • Less than full time students are eligible for up to $7200/year (not to exceed a total of $21,600), the amount is determined by the billing statement received after the drop/add period has ended at your seminary.
    • If you have any questions about the application or the requirements for MEF Eligibility, please contact the Nashville Area Office of Leadership Formation and Development at (615) 846-4430 or email mef@tnumc.org.
    • Nashville Area MEF Application

If you have questions about the Nashville Area Office of Leadership Formation and Development, please call us at 615.846.4430.

Staff
Office of Leadership Formation & Development
Main Number:  615.846.4430

Rev. Deborah S. Owens Director deborah.owens@tnumc.org

Heidi S. Geib Assistant Director heidi.geib@tnumc.org

Jacob Vaughn Coordinator  jacob.vaughn@tnumc.org 

About the Board of Ordained Ministry 

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Rev. Bryan Brooks, Chair
TNUMC Board of Ordained Ministry

Autura Eason-Williams, Chair Memphis Board of Ordained Ministry

The Board of Ordained Ministry supports those who respond to God’s call to specialized ministry as an elder in full connection, deacon in full connection, licensed local pastor, diaconal minister or certified professional in Christian education, music, youth, evangelism, camping/retreat ministries, spiritual formation, older adult ministry and other areas established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. 

The board, working with district Committees on Ordained Ministry, reviews the educational and personal qualifications of candidates through each step of the candidacy process, from certified candidacy to ordination or licensing. The board then makes a recommendation to the executive clergy session at annual conference. The board also reviews and makes recommendations on all changes in conference relationship.

Learn more:  About the Board of Ordained Ministry