January 14, 2017
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
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
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.
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.
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
Apply Now for Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program for 2017-2018
Applications are being accepted for the Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education Program, an educational experience for ministers and laypersons of all denominations to enhance their professional pastoral skills and personal development but are unable to be in a traditional CPE program due to time or other restrictions. It also enables probationary ministers in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) to meet the requirement of one unit of CPE for full connection clergy membership. This unique program brings ministers from across the country together and in small groups for interactive, reflective learning using their own community and place of ministry as the context.
The program will begin with the first intensive session August 21-24, 2017 at the CME Unity Summit at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA. The second intensive week will be January 8-10, 2018 in Atlanta at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, the site of the Phillips School of Theology Pastors Conference. A third face-to-face meeting of the group for final evaluations is determined by the group.
The focus of this CPE program is on ministry in the congregation. Participants must have an approved place of ministry in order to complete the requirement of 35 hours of ministry per month for the nine months of the program. The recommendation of a presiding bishop or supervising pastor is required as well. In addition to the ministry hours, attendance at two intensive weeks at your own expense is required and an additional four hours per month of classroom time is required. These sessions will be arranged to be held in a central location or via the internet and/or conference call.
Participants must pay a $50 application fee and the required tuition for the course as well as be present at ALL sessions during the months they are enrolled in CPE. There will be written assignments, readings and some internet based assignments. The program operates under the auspices of the National Institute for Human Development, Inc. (NIHD), a faith-based organization that works in collaboration with the Fifth Episcopal District of the CME Church. The faculty is comprised of certified CPE Supervisors and certified professional chaplains.
Applications are due June 30, 2017. Current tuition is $500, which includes $50 application fee, a $100 deposit once accepted into the program and a balance of $350 payable before the program begins. There is currently no scholarship program.
The application packet is available here: www.thecmechurch.org/clinical-pastoral-education.html
For more information, send an email email@example.com
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Released by Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton
CME Endorsing Agent for Chaplaincy and CPE Program Coordinator
Send applications and fees payable to NIHD, Inc. to:
Connectional CPE Program
Academy for Public Theology/NIHD, Inc.
P. O Box 11
Fairfield, AL 35064
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.
+Lawrence Reddick, Senior Bishop
Connectional Day of Outreach with the Homeless