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For Immediate Release


MEMPHIS, TN.—Key leaders representing the global constituency of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church have engaged Marshall and Associates Consulting to lead the denomination in a comprehensive strategic ministry planning process.

The goal of this process is to create an actionable ministry plan for the denomination by engaging the church’s leadership team of lay and clergy and the general membership.  The anticipated plan will address key issues such as (a) clarifying the strategic vision for the denomination’s future mission and ministry; (b) outlining core ministry priorities that will guide the denomination’s ministry operations; and (c) discerning the most effective alignment of personnel, structures and resources to accomplish that strategic vision.

“We are excited to engage with Marshall and Associates Consulting in this strategic ministry planning process, said Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick of Dallas.  “This is a unique opportunity for us to unite and discern God’s best plans for our future together.”  

This initiative is being funded in part by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, and will be a comprehensive, data-driven, and participatory planning process.

The Reverend Shaun Douglas Marshall of Marshall and Associates Consulting will serve as Principal Consultant.

The initiative is under the joint direction of Senior Bishop Reddick (chair), Bishop C. James King, Jr. (vice chair), and a Strategic Planning Task Force of international CME leaders. 

To learn more about this process and how you can engage, visit

We invite you to complete this survey which is intended to gain your participation in the process of helping us to understand how our Church currently functions. The survey will only take about ten minutes to complete. The survey is available here to download, print and mail in to the indicated address. Additionally the survey is available to download from the home page of the official CME Web site.

Please read the press release during Sunday morning service encouraging all to complete the online survey and/or make a copy of the survey available for members who wish to mail in their responses.    

"We are excited about our future, and have created this platform as a resource for all of our members to view this strategic planning process, remain engaged, and join us in prayer. "

Senior Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III

In the Lord’s Service,

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick, Chair

Bishop C. James King, Jr., Vice Chair

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2019 General Connectional Board


           Pursuant to ¶ 1000.6, § 2, of The Book of Discipline, Revised 2014, the 2019 General Connectional Board is called to meet Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 10:00 A.M., at the site of the CME Unity Summit in Phoenix, Arizona (Sheraton Grande Resort).

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick

February 6, 2019