January 14, 2017

Official Notice

General Connectional Board

        Pursuant to ¶1000.6 of The Book of Discipline, Revised 2014, the General Connectional Board of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is called to meet at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.  The anticipated time for the close of General Connectional Board business is Friday afternoon, August 25, 2017, by 3 P.M.

                                                                  Very truly yours,

                                                                   +Lawrence L. Reddick III

                                                                                                                +Lawrence L. Reddick III,  Senior Bishop


Official Notice
General Conference 2018


        Pursuant to ¶202 of The Book of Discipline, Revised 2014, the 38th Quadrennial Session and the 39th General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is called to meet at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama.  The opening worship session is scheduled for the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington, Jr., Boulevard, North, Birmingham, Alabama.  Business sessions are slated for the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center (connected to the Birmingham Sheraton) and worship services are slated for the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel.  The anticipated time for the close of General Conference business is Friday afternoon, June 29, 2018.

                                                                  Very truly yours,

                                                                  +Lawrence L. Reddick III
                                                                  +Lawrence L. Reddick III, Senior Bishop

Landmark Events in Years that Ended with “Six” by Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick

Dear CME Family:

           As I was preparing for the CME Church’s 146th Anniversary Service in Jackson, Tennessee, on December 17, I was grateful that we were putting forth a service that would be internationally streamed for the entire denomination across the world.  It was a first for our Church Anniversary services.

           I was also reminded, while preparing, of other “firsts” or landmarks in the history of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in years that ended with the number “six.”  Here are some of them:

In 1966, the General Conference in Miami voted “full clergy rights” for women in the CME Church – a precursor to the election of the first woman bishop in 2010.
In 1966, the General Conference in Miami, for the first time, held an election of only one bishop (Bishop Joseph A. Johnson, Jr., was elected on the fourth ballot; the only other time only one bishop was elected was in 1970 – Bishop C. A. Kirkendoll).
In 1956, the change of the name of the denomination from Colored Methodist Episcopal to Christian Methodist Episcopal became official.  (Yes, the first vote to change the name occurred in the General Conference of 1954, but the matter was ruled a Constitutional question which required the affirmation of a ¾ majority vote in the General Conference as well as in the Annual Conferences.  The official report of the ¾ affirmative vote of the Annual Conferences was made by the Secretary of the College of Bishops in January 1956, and The Book of Discipline, Revised 1958, reported the votes and stated, “… the name of the Church became officially known as the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, January 19, 1956.”)
In 1946, the General Conference established the Judicial Council (the resolution called for the establishment of a “Judicial Court”).
In 1946, the General Conference also voted to “relieve” then-Senior Bishop Charles H. Phillips “of the duties attendant of Annual Conference presidency,” giving him designation as “Episcopal Anthologist” and “Senior Bishop Emeritus” (he had served as active bishop overseeing annual conferences since 1902 and was 88 years old).
In 1926, the General Conference voted to accept “Collins Chapel Hospital” (previously operated by doctors who were members of Collins Chapel CME Church, Memphis, Tennessee – the Martin brothers) “as a connectional hospital.”
And in 1926, the General Conference voted to allow the Annual Conference delegations to future General Conferences to have one woman as a lay delegate.  (It was also ruled during the General Conference to be a Constitutional question, requiring a 2/3 vote and the votes of Annual Conferences.)   The General Conference’s affirmative vote was 231 to 27.

          Years that end in “six” -- if they show us nothing us, they show us that anything in the Church’s polity and even in its Constitution can be changed -- by the right procedures and with the right number of votes.  That’s something to think about as we prepare for electing delegates in 2017 and going to a General Conference in 2018.

+ Lawrence L. Reddick III

Dear CME Members,

 The College of Bishops is excited about our upcoming Connectional Day of Ministry with the Homeless. We hope that we can have several thousand persons from our local congregations engaged in this meaningful expression of God’s love on April 29, 2017. 

 We have provided the following information to assist our local congregations with connecting with homeless populations on the Connectional Day of Ministry with the Homeless. You may download this information and event flyer at the links above and on our Facebook pages.  

Biblical Foundation
When we think about work with the homeless, we are always reminded of the words of Isaiah 58:7-9; “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.”(NRSV)  If our worship does not inform our witness and work beyond the walls of the Church, something is missing.

 Time Frame
Each congregation is asked to decide how much time it shall give to this ministry on April 29th.  We hope that you will at least give three hours to whatever form your witness may take that day. We suggest that we operate within the time frame of 10:00 AM -6:00 PM (Unless another time frame works best for your situation.)

 The “What If” Question
We understand that some churches already engage in a ministry with the homeless. We are grateful for your witness, however, we are asking you to join the Connectional Church on Saturday, April 29th in a Special Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Public, Intentional, Focused, and Specific Witness with the homeless in your city on the aforementioned date. If Saturday is your ministry day, please find a way to enhance your witness on that day. Do something additional.

Please be in prayer with your congregation and for the entire connection that God will bless our witness on April 29th.

As you figure what group in the congregation to assign this ministry too, it is our prayer that each pastor and congregation captures the Spirit of this effort not as a task to be assigned but as an opportunity for the entire congregation to join forces in a public display and witness of God’s love. We pray that the pastors of the Episcopal Districts will be present and engaged in this ministry on April 29th.  We want each of you to know that we will never ask you to do something that we are not willing to do. Each active bishop will fully participate on that day. 

Each pastor is asked to share with your presiding elder what your congregation’s witness will be on April 29th. Please submit this to the presiding elder by April 14th.  In addition, a post report is due to the presiding elder by May 5th, 2017. The report should include the following: 1) Type of witness; 2) Number of persons ministered too; 3) the beginning and end time of the ministry; 4) Number from the congregation to share in the ministry; 5) number of follow-up contacts; and 6) Reflections from the pastor and members-Please share your thoughts regarding this day.

In the event that some of you might be wondering what are some of the ways to engage this day, may we suggest a few: 1) Joint Venture-two or more churches working together; 2) meals on site or bag lunches under bridges or at places where the homeless congregate in your city; 3) Homeless Survival Kits (tooth brushes, toothpaste, roll –on deodorant, soap/body wash, cosmetics, shampoo, socks, and other items you feel will be helpful for them to have.); 4) Job Information;  5) Phone Calls-allowing the homeless to make phone calls to love ones; 6) Clothing; 7) Non-Judgmental Listening; 8) Support.

My brothers and sisters as we prepare and participate in this Service of Evangelism and Witness, let us always remember that this is not about us. It is about the one we work for. May we always let our friends see Christ in each of us and may we strive to show His love to them.

We thank all the presiding elders, pastors, and congregations of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church for your support and participation in this important Outreach Ministry, which is in keeping with our Vision 2022. We pray that you will receive double what you give in this great cause.

In the service of Christ with each of you,


Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr.
Chair, College of Bishops



Monday, December 5, 2016

Beware the Scam

Again, someone is impersonating a CME leader with calls asking for money.  This time, the person being impersonated is me. 

If you receive a call from a person purporting to be Bishop Reddick, please call me at 205-515-7322 or 214-372-9073 before sending anything.  If you don't get an answer at these numbers, then don't give it.  It is VERY unlikely that I would be calling asking you to send money to someone.

Thank you.

+Lawrence Reddick, Senior Bishop  





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dear CME Members and Friends

Bishop Sylvester (Carmen) Williams and the Third Episcopal District family mournfully announce the passing of Mrs. Belva Jean Cargle, wife of Elder Emeritus Carrell K. Cargle of Gary, Indiana, on February 21, 2017. 

 The Services are as follows:

Wake:  Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Carter Memorial CME Church
635 West 49th Avenue
Gary, IN 46408

Service: Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Visitation:  11 a.m.
Brunch: 12:00 p.m.
Carter Memorial CME Church
635 West 49th Avenue
Gary, IN 46408
Rev. Willie Weaver, Pastor

Hotel accommodations:
Room block reserved under Cargle Family Funeral
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
2842 Carlson Drive
Hammond, Indiana 46323

Let us pray God's blessings for the Cargle family.

In the Lord's Service,

Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.
Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 


  Monday, September 19, 2016                                                       View online
Connect and Engage with the New CMEChurch App
Available for All Mobile Devices!
Dear CME Members and Friends,

We are pleased to announce that the new CMEChurch app is now available for all mobile devices in your app store!  Connect and Engage using the CMEChurch app!

Now you can easily access information about The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on the go with the new CMEChurch app.  Developed by the Communications and Information Technology (CIT) Department, the app is now available for free download. 
The CMEChurch app delivers information about the denomination to our members and visitors in a way that's fast and easy to use.  Information about CME events, ministries, news, social media sites and a searchable index of CME churches are a few of the many app features. You may sign up for e-blasts. The app has the capability to push out instant messages and alerts. Our goal is to roll out new offerings over the coming months.
Use the CMEChurch app this week at the Fifth CME Unity Summit in St. Louis to review program information, download handouts and instructions from presenters, and much more.
To download the free app, go to your device's app store and search for 'CMEChurch'.  Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated!


In the Lord's Service,
Ms. Theresa Duhart, President
Communications and Information Technology (CIT)
Connectional Department 
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Bishop James B. Walker, Chair
Communications and Information Technology (CIT)
Connectional Department  
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Connectional Day of Outreach with the Homeless

Download the Connectional Day of Outreach Resource Documents

General Information     Guide for Effective Homeless Ministry     Connectional Outreach Flyer  


Support Phillips School of Theology

Greetings my Christian Friends!
Since 1944, Phillips has sought to train and prepare men and women for ministry in the CME Church and the world. During the past 72 years, Phillips has graduated many distinguished ministers and church leaders who have gone on to become Seminary and College Professors, Outstanding Pastors, Chaplains, General Officers, and many have been elected to the high office of Bishop within our great Zion!  To be named the 10th  “President/Dean” of Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center, “The Only Seminary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church,” has been a singular honor for me, having graduated Phillips in 1991.
None of this would ever be possible without the continued financial support and generosity of so many unnamed persons and many of the faithful members of the CME Church! I would like to extend the opportunity again to those who would be joining us via live stream at the Pastors' Conference to continue to support Phillips by making a contribution during our live stream services, Monday through Wednesday, January 9-11, 2017. Your tax-deductible contribution will allow Phillips to continue the work of training and preparing some of the finest future leaders in our great Zion!  I hope you would prayerfully consider making a contribution to Phillips.  No amount is too small and anything you give will be most appreciated.
Additionally you may donate to Phillips School of Theology anytime here.   <https://www.paypal.me/PSTATL>
Thank you again for your continued support.  God bless you, and God bless Phillips School of Theology! 

In the Lord's Service,
Dr. Paul L. Brown, Sr., President-Dean 
Phillips School of Theology at ITC