Quadrennial Theme:  "Getting Back to Basics As We Envision Our Way Forward In Taking Care of God's Business"

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Upcoming Events

Jan 06

The Twenty-Fourth Pastors’ Conference & Seventy-Sixth Founders’ Celebration

January 6, 2020 - January 10, 2020
East Point GA
United States
Jun 28

Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference (CYYAC20)

June 28, 2020 - July 3, 2020
Greensboro NC
United States

Featured Announcements and News


From the CME College of Bishops

August 17, 2019


In 2018, the CME Church began work on a strategic plan for the denomination. The Bishops and General Officers met together with a facilitator to begin the visioning process in September 2018. In December 2018, members of the Church were invited to submit their thoughts and recommendations through a survey. In January 2019, approximately 75 representatives from the clergy, laity and young adults from each Episcopal District – along with the Bishops and General Officers - met in Atlanta for a session of strategic thinking with the assistance of consulting firm. At our meeting in August 2019, the College of Bishops continued the process by meeting again with facilitators to develop a timeline for moving forward. The College of Bishops wants the Church to know that we are committed to the strategic planning process and to including the voice and participation of all levels of the Church. We will keep our members and congregations informed through the various official communication methods of the Church.

In the meantime, the College of Bishops feel that it is of importance and immediacy that we as a denomination address the critical needs of our church’s vitality. The legacy of our church includes a firm and clear commitment to intergenerational and multi-generational ministry. We pride ourselves in being a church that has served the spiritual needs of all ages. We celebrate that even today we are blessed to have strong leadership of seniors, middle adults, young adults, and youth in our local churches and at the district and regional level. However, we currently grieve that we continue to see a trend of decreasing participation of children, youth and young adults in the overall life of the church. We are further grieved by the cycles of poverty, gun violence, mass incarceration, educational cuts, and immigration and other policies and practices that harm children.

As the College of Bishops, during this quadrennium and in keeping with our theme of “Back to Basics”, we are commissioning the programmatic General Officers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church to be intentional about the inclusion of children, youth and young adults in their plans and projects. We further commission our Presiding Elders and Pastors to also be intentional in recruiting, training and including children, youth and young adults as leaders, officers, and participants in the ministry and activities of the Church. We commission our congregations and members to welcome the children, youth and young adults as Jesus did and commanded us in the Gospels (Matthew 19: 14, Mark 10:14 and Luke 18:16).

We understand this mandate to mean ALL children, youth and young adults, not just those who are members of our churches. We have a mandate from the Lord to reach out to our neighbors and to strangers who need aid, assistance and love. We envision our local churches as safe and welcoming spaces in both traditional and non-traditional ways. We lift up the World Council of Churches’ resources on Child-Friendly Churches as a resource to you in doing this vital ministry (https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/wcc-programmes/public-witness/rights-of-children/child-friendly-churches). We reaffirm our support of our colleges and schools and its students who are striving to prepare themselves for the future as productive citizens and leaders. This emphasis is especially important as we prepare for the Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference in 2020 and the need to keep those attendees engaged with the Church once the conference is over.

These commissions are not to the exclusion of a continued commitment to adult and senior ministries to those age groups in our churches and communities. However, the life and future of our church is dependent upon a loving and inclusive response to the children, youth and young adults that God has given to us to nurture, mentor, encourage, and disciple in the Christian faith. Let us recall the powerful words of the prophet Joel, who proclaimed on God’s behalf:  “I will pour out my spirit on all flesh, your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old shall dream dreams, and your young shall see visions” (Joel 2:28).


Bishop Lawrence Reddick, Senior Bishop

Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., Chair

Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.

Bishop Kenneth W. Carter

Bishop James B. Walker

Bishop Sylvester Williams

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Secretary

Bishop Godwin Umoette

Bishop Bobby R. Best

Bishop Marvin F. Thomas

Bishop C. James King, Jr.

Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, retired

Bishop E. Lynn Brown, retired

Bishop Ronald Cunningham, retired

Bishop Othal Lakey, retired

Bishop William Graves, retired

Bishop Marshall Gilmore, retired

Unity Summit Program

7th Unity Summit

Bishop and Mrs. Bobby R. Best and the Ninth Episcopal District will host the Seventh Annual CME Unity Summit and the General Connectional Board Meeting scheduled August 19-23, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix located at 340 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix, AZ.

The theme for this year's Unity Summit is, "A Way Forward: Vibrant Worship."

The Unity Summit is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2019 through Thursday, August 22, 2019. 

The General Connectional Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 through Friday, August 23, 2019. 

The Program is available here.  Connectional Arts and Music participants may visit the Web site here to prepare for the Unity Summit. 

The registration fee for the Unity Summit is $175. Members of the General Connectional Board are expected to register. 

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Highlights of the

Women's Missionary Council

19th Quadrennial Assembly

June 21-29, 2019    Hilton Shreveport   Shreveport, LA


Quadrennial Theme for 2019-2023

Missionaries Embracing a New Era of Innovation

for Greater Service


New Officers of the Women's Missionary Council  - 2019-2023


President Jacqueline Scott

President Jacqueline I. Scott

Executive Committee 2019-2023Executive Committee

L-R: President: Jacqueline I. Scott, Vice President: Calandra Hunter; Recording Secretary: Theresa Duhart; Assistant Secretary: Deborah Luster Dickenson; Treasurer: Nellie King; Editor. The Missionary Messenger: Geraldine Taylor-Winslett 

The list of officers and additional news from the Quadrennial Assembly is here.

Plan Now!

Attend The Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference (CYYAC20)

June 28-July 3, 2020

CYYAC20 will be held at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons Hotel located at 3121 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407. The theme is P.R.E.S.S. (Passionate Relevant Essential Sincere Service). 

The discounted registration fee for CYYAC20 is $150 now through December 31, 2019. The registration fee includes the ConcertThe online registration portal is open to single and group reservations for up to 50 persons by credit/debit card and check!  For additional information and to register, visit here.  Upon completion of your payment, you will receive a registration confirmation notice and the link to reserve your hotel room.

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Help your Episcopal District reach it's Stay Connected Goal! A contest is underway and we're calling for all CMEs to participate.  The Episcopal District with the most new email and text messaging subscribers in 2019 will receive a new iPad in January 2020!

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CME Connectional Resources

Featured Video

View the Episcopal Address by Bishop Bobby R. Best at the 2018 General Conference in Birmingham, AL

"Getting Back to Basics As We  Envision Our Way Forward in Taking  Care of God's Business"

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The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Welcome to the official Web site of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, administered by the Communication & Information Technology (CIT) Connectional Department.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Church, familiarly known as the CME Church, has a glorious and rich history!  The CME Church was organized December 16, 1870 in Jackson, Tennessee by 41 former slave members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  The CME Church is a branch of Wesleyan Methodism founded and organized by John Wesley in England in 1844 and established in America as the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1784.

The CME Church celebrated its 148th anniversary on December 16, 2018.

The CME Church has more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica and fourteen African nations.

The mission of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be disciples of Jesus the Christ by serving individuals, communities and the world as the representative, loving presence of God and as witnesses to God’s salvation and grace.

The vision of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be a transforming church for Jesus the Christ within a changing world.

Monthly Evangelism & Missions Message

From General Secretary

Rev. Leon C. Moore, Jr.


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