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Episcopal Assignments


8th Episcopal District: Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick

1st Episcopal District: Bishop Henry Williamson

6th Episcopal District: Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.


11th Episcopal District: Bishop Kenneth Carter

7th Episcopal District: Bishop James B. Walker


3rd Episcopal District:  Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.

5th Episcopal District; Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

10th Episcopal District; Bishop Godwin T. Umoette

9th Episcopal District: Bishop Bobby R. Best

2nd Episcopal District: Bishop Marvin F. Thomas

4th Episcopal District; Bishop C. James King, Jr.


The Episcopal Assignments and the Departmental Chairs for the 2018-2022 Quadrennium

Departmental Chairs


Ministry to Men

Bishop C. James King, Jr.
Lay Ministry

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr.
Evangelism & Missions

Bishop Bobby R. Best
Ministers' Spouses, Widows and Widowers

Bishop Godwin T. Umoette
Patron Bishop of the Women's Missionary Council and Communication and Information Technology (CIT)
Bishop James B. Walker

Finance
Chair: Bishop Kenneth W. Carter
Vice Chair: Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.
Ecumenical Officer and Endorsing Officer
Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton
Christian Education
Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.
Publications
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
Personnel Services
Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick




Over the past three years, the Connectional Key Person Plan joined with approximately 200 persons in the Sixth District in a group plan that provided those persons coverages of $100,000 or $200,000 with guaranteed issue (no medical exams required).  The plan proved beneficial to both groups.  Over a 3-year period the Sixth District received $600,000 in gross claims proceeds that were divided with the families of five pastors.  Mrs. I. C. of Warner Robins, GA offers the following testimonial: As a widow the financial benefits from this program were helpful to me to address unexpected bills from my husband’s final care.  When a person dies, that person’s income stops so these funds helped to pay what were previously shared household bills.  But most importantly, having this extra benefit eliminated a stress point that I would have had to endure in addition to the emotional challenges of losing a loved one.

Additionally, the Connectional Church, although it did not have any claims, was able to enroll several participants who were previously ineligible due to health issues.

After this successful initial period, the Plan is now ready to go nationwide to both local churches and local pastors.  Effective January 2019, the General Board of Personnel Services proposes to offer to Pastors and Lay employees of the CME Church the opportunity to be covered for $50,000 or $100,000 without medical exams (guaranteed issue).  The estimated cost for $50,000 of coverage is $590/year and for $100,000 coverage it is $990/year.

To be eligible to enroll in this Plan, a participant must meet the following criteria:

Be continuously employed by the CME Church, i.e.:

Clergy – must be a presiding elder or pastor receiving a salary.
Laity – must be employed by a local church (or the connectional church) and receiving a salary.

Be under the age of 71 (the amount of coverage and fees are automatically reduced by 50% on the 1st day of the month following the insured’s 75th birthday).
Be willing to pay (or have paid) a yearly allocation either annually (in January) or semiannually (in January and July – an installment fee will apply).

For this Plan to meet the requirement of as a Key Person Plan, in each category an additional $10,000 of coverage is automatically included for the Employer and the Administrator (respectively, the Episcopal District and the General Board of Personnel Services). 

Persons interested in enrolling in this Plan may fully complete the attached enrollment form and email it to GBPSKeyPerson@gmail.com or return it to the following address:

General Board of Personnel Services, Inc.

Key Person Plan

PO Box 74

Memphis, TN 38101-0074

 
Note: Coverage will not commence until written notification has been received from the carrier.

Questions – contact us at (901) 345-4100.Over the past three years, the Connectional Key Person Plan joined with approximately 200 persons in the Sixth District in a group plan that provided those persons coverages of $100,000 or $200,000 with guaranteed issue (no medical exams required).  The plan proved beneficial to both groups.  Over a 3-year period the Sixth District received $600,000 in gross claims proceeds that were divided with the families of five pastors.  Mrs. I. C. of Warner Robins, GA offers the following testimonial: As a widow the financial benefits from this program were helpful to me to address unexpected bills from my husband’s final care.  When a person dies, that person’s income stops so these funds helped to pay what were previously shared household bills.  But most importantly, having this extra benefit eliminated a stress point that I would have had to endure in addition to the emotional challenges of losing a loved one.

Additionally, the Connectional Church, although it did not have any claims, was able to enroll several participants who were previously ineligible due to health issues.

After this successful initial period, the Plan is now ready to go nationwide to both local churches and local pastors.  Effective January 2019, the General Board of Personnel Services proposes to offer to Pastors and Lay employees of the CME Church the opportunity to be covered for $50,000 or $100,000 without medical exams (guaranteed issue).  The estimated cost for $50,000 of coverage is $590/year and for $100,000 coverage it is $990/year.

To be eligible to enroll in this Plan, a participant must meet the following criteria:

Be continuously employed by the CME Church, i.e.:

Clergy – must be a presiding elder or pastor receiving a salary.
Laity – must be employed by a local church (or the connectional church) and receiving a salary.

Be under the age of 71 (the amount of coverage and fees are automatically reduced by 50% on the 1st day of the month following the insured’s 75th birthday).
Be willing to pay (or have paid) a yearly allocation either annually (in January) or semiannually (in January and July – an installment fee will apply).

For this Plan to meet the requirement of as a Key Person Plan, in each category an additional $10,000 of coverage is automatically included for the Employer and the Administrator (respectively, the Episcopal District and the General Board of Personnel Services). 

Persons interested in enrolling in this Plan may fully complete the attached enrollment form and email it to GBPSKeyPerson@gmail.com or return it to the following address:

General Board of Personnel Services, Inc.

Key Person Plan

PO Box 74

Memphis, TN 38101-0074


 

Note: Coverage will not commence until written notification has been received from the carrier.

Questions – contact us at (901) 345-4100.


View the Episcopal Address by Bishop Bobby R. Best

Download the Episcopal Address Handout

 PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

November 27, 2018

CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH ENGAGES STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS



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
 http://cmestrategicplan.com


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

The Department of Finance & Investment, Acting Coordinator for the Steering Committee