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BOARDS

Board of Laity provides support and direction for the ministry of the laity on the local, district, and annual conference levels, promotes the observation of Laity Sunday, and supports the stewardship of time, talent, and possessions within the annual conference in cooperation with the CCOCM. Board of Ordained Ministry assumes the primary responsibility for the enlistment and recruitment of ordained clergy by working in consultation with the cabinet and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry; receives annual reports on the progress of ministerial students, examines all applicants as to their fitness for the ordained ministry; interviews applicants and makes recommendations, ensures confidentiality in relation to the interview and reporting process. Board of Pensions is responsible for the Conferences retirement plans for clergy as well as conference lay employees; budgets and approves funding; offers retirement-related seminars, and provides partial funding and guidance to the Director of Administrative Services. Board of Trustees is primarily responsible for Tennessee Conference real property, property and casualty insurance, and legal and corporate matters. Camp and Retreat Ministry Welcoming, Re-storing and Transforming Camp and Retreat Ministry plans camping and outdoor ministries as a means of helping persons grow in their discipleship to Jesus Christ, increase their awareness of God in creation, and strengthen their sense of community as the Body of Christ and plans for the maintenance and stewardship of the camping facilities at Camp Cedar Crest and Beersheba Springs. Higher Education and Campus Ministry provides for the connectional relationship between the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the conference, district, and local church; recommends the policies guiding the annual conference in its program of ministry in higher education, and apprises United Methodists of our historic commitment to the present mission in higher education.

COMMISSIONS
Commission on Archives & History Conference Commission on Archives and History serves the Churchs Ministry of Memory so we may continue to learn from our past and anticipate our future; recognizes and encourages excellence in archival and historical work for the local church and the Tennessee Annual Conference; responsible for preserving and promoting the heritage of United Methodist resources in middle Tennessee. SPECIAL NOTE: [2012 will mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Tennessee Conference. Commission on Status & Roles of Women helps the conference discern its inclusiveness as a sign of living into Gods purposes of justice and its discipleship to Jesus Christ who included all persons in his ministry, monitors gender inclusiveness across the conference and during annual conference and gives daily reports, and awards scholarships to persons (male and female) attending events that will increase awareness of gender equity and inclusiveness.

Equitable Compensation recommends the minimum salary for clergy under appointment to churches; administers the Equitable Compensation Fund by budgeting, requesting funding, and considering applications for grants to clergy serving in charges that for a limited time cannot afford to pay minimum compensation. Religion & Race - monitors and assesses racial inclusiveness and diversity across the conference as a means of being faithful to Jesus Christs call to love and justice, makes recommendations to the Tennessee Conference for celebrating and strengthening racial inclusiveness, helps plan diversity training for pastors and other church leaders, and offers the Tennessee Conference Plan of Inclusiveness as a tool for increasing cross-cultural and ethnic diversity.

COUNCILS
CF&A is primary responsible for all of the conferences fiscal and administrative policies, procedures, and services; oversees Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services; considers all requests for annual conference funding and recommends amount of apportionment funding to Annual Conference for approval. No member or employee of a Conference agency that receives conference funding may be on CFA.

CONFERENCE COUNCIL ON CONNECTIONAL MINISTRIES (CCOCM)


ADVOCACY Asian-American Ministries offers resources and plans ministries for Asian persons, plans supportive networks for Asian pastors serving within the Tennessee Conference, serves as a resource for building awareness of Asian culture so the congregations can enhance their ministries of hospitality and inclusiveness and works in conjunction with other ethnic groups in developing a greater awareness of the need for unity amid diversity as a means of living into Gods call for love and justice. Board of Laity/Lay Speaking Ministries - provides support and direction for the ministry of the laity on the local, district, and annual conference levels, promotes the observation of Laity Sunday, and supports the stewardship of time, talent, and possessions within the annual conference in cooperation with the CCOCM. Christian Unity & Interreligious Concerns creates opportunities for interfaith, ecumenical and Pan Methodist dialogue throughout the Tennessee area as an expression of Christian love and Wesleyan conferencing, and builds relationships with other Christian denominations, the Jewish Community, the Islam Community, and other faith communities. Commission on Religion and Race - monitors and assesses racial inclusiveness and diversity across the conference as a means of being faithful to Jesus Christs call to love and justice, makes recommendations to the Tennessee Conference for celebrating and strengthening racial inclusiveness, helps plan diversity training for pastors and other church leaders, and offers the Tennessee Conference Plan of Inclusiveness as a tool for increasing cross-cultural and ethnic diversity. Commission on the Status and Role of Women - helps the conference discern its inclusiveness as a sign of living into Gods purposes of justice and its discipleship to Jesus Christ who included all persons in his

ministry, monitors gender inclusiveness across the conference and during annual conference and gives daily reports, and awards scholarships to persons (male and female) attending events that will increase awareness of gender equity and inclusiveness. Comprehensive African-American Strategic Team (CAAST) - offers resources and plans events for African-Americans such as Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, and Black Methodist for Church Renewal ministries, provides opportunities for building community, enhancing ministry skills and strategic planning for leaders in the Black Church, and works in conjunction with the other ethnic groups in developing greater awareness of the need for unity amid diversity as a means of living into Gods Kingdom of love and justice. Ethnic Local Church Concerns reflects the racial and ethnic constituencies and local churches of the annual conference, offers resources to churches, provides a forum for dialogue, provides training for the annual conference and congregational leaders, promotes and interprets ethnic local church concerns to the annual conference and offers opportunities for building community and strategic planning for and among all ethnic groups as a means of living into and promoting Christian unity amid diversity as a sign of Gods Kingdom of love and justice on earth. Hispanic-Latino Ministries serves as a resource for establishing outreach, faith and fellowship ministries, and churches throughout the Tennessee Conference; promotes Incubator Covenant groups, leadership training, retreats, workshops, and a wide range of ministries for Hispanic/Latino pastors and laity through the Hispanic/Latino Academy for Christian Formation and Church Leadership; serves as a resource for building awareness of Hispanic/Latino culture, and works in conjunction with the other ethnic groups in developing solidarity as a means of living out Gods gift of hospitality. Native-American Ministries - serves as a resource for building awareness of Native American culture and heritage, helps to enable local churches to observe Native American Sunday, offers resources and plans ministries for Native Americans in order to strengthen ministries with and among the Native American community, and works in conjunction with the ethnic groups in developing unity amid diversity as a means of building up the Body of Christ. NURTURE Adult/Older Adult/Singles Ministries serves as an advocate for older adult concerns and issues, offers opportunities for fellowship, spiritual growth, and study with older adults across the Tennessee Conference, provides training and consultations for leaders working with older adults, and advocates for the development and implementation of policies and services designed to impact systems that affect older adults. Camp and Retreat Ministries [Welcoming, Re-storing and Transforming] Camp and Retreat Ministry plans camping and outdoor ministries as a means of helping persons grow in their discipleship to Jesus Christ, increase their awareness of God in creation, and strengthen their sense of community as the Body of Christ and plans for the maintenance and stewardship of the camping facilities at Camp Cedar Crest and Beersheba Springs.

Children and Family Ministries plans ministries for children including Confirmation Day with the Bishop/Cabinet, provides ongoing training for local churches and childrens coordinators, provides resources, training, and consultations in the area of visioning and planning for congregations. Education/Spiritual Formation - provides resources, training, and consultations for local church leadership, maintains a list of area spiritual formation ministries, and plans the Memphis and Tennessee Conference 5-Dav Academy for Spiritual Formation. Higher Education & Campus Ministries - provides for the connectional relationship between the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the conference, district, and local church, recommends the policies guiding the annual conference in its program of ministry in higher education, and apprises United Methodists of our historic commitment to the present mission in higher education. Safe Spaces Ministry Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression of a congregation in making a congregation a safe place where children, youth and vulnerable adults may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith; it strives to ensure local congregations have the necessary tools to develop safe sanctuary policy and procedures specific to their given context by focusing on the uniqueness of each congregations programs and premises. The members of this committee periodically meet to explore best practices in Safe Sanctuaries, review local church policies, and offer advisement for revisions of local church policies. In the future members of this committee will train local churches on best practices for Safe Sanctuaries, and risk reduction and management. ~ Sexual Ethics/Healthy Boundaries provides guidance to clergy and laity of the Annual Conference and local churches in cases of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and abuse; works toward the end of providing for the safety of all peoples by ensuring a protective climate, protecting the special relationships between pastors and those to/with whom they minister, and by ensuring health and authenticity in pastoral ministries; provides clergy and laity with the tools for prevention, intervention, and restoration that will act as a deterrent against inappropriate sexual behavior. Stewardship serves as a resource for stewardship committees of local churches and provides district training seminars for clergy and lay to explore various ways to increase the giving of time, talents and treasure through the local church. Worship serves as a resource for worship committees of local churches, and helps plan worship experiences for the Annual Conference with particular emphasis on inclusiveness and diversity of race, culture, disability, and on ethnicity of worship, leadership, music, visual arts and liturgy. Young Peoples Ministry plans ministries for youth and for adult workers with youth, such as Warmth in Winter, Tennessee Youth Annual conference, Youth in Camps, Youth Ministry Institute, Summer Sizzler and youth retreats. OUTREACH Church and Society highlights issues of advocacy and justice, resources the local church in interpreting and living out the Social Principles, and awards yearly the Richard J. Allison Social Holiness Awards to a layperson and clergy person.

Congregational Development works collaboratively with local churches and districts to plant new congregations and revitalize existing churches through strategic planning, training, and grants. ~ Cooperative Ministries seeks to help develop ministries that work cooperatively and collaboratively with other churches and agencies through training events and grants, with a particular focus on smaller membership churches. ~ Evangelism works to help individuals and congregations develop the passion and skill in sharing Christ in the most holistic sense through inviting special speakers and sponsoring training; also awards each year the Harry Denman Evangelism Award to a youth, layperson, and clergyperson. Disability Concerns/ Health and Welfare Disability concerns serves as the accessibility advocate body for districts and the conference, encourages and assists local churches in making their building, facilities and ministries accessible to all persons, including those with disabilities in order that the Churchs Body can embody the inclusive nature of God in and through Jesus Christ. Health and Welfare serves as an education awareness and advocacy group by gathering data and offering information on health-related concerns such as United Methodist health care professionals, to include TennCare, Tennessee Health Care Reform, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and the development of health clinics for the working poor, and submits health care legislation resolutions at the Annual Conference for review Mercy and Missions Ministries focuses on the development of local and global mission outreach by connecting churches and individuals with opportunities to serve, sponsors missionaries, supports local mission projects, and share in the work of GBGM/UMCOR around the world; includes coordinators and sub-teams of Disaster Response and Recovery, Hunger and Volunteers in Mission. Corrections/Prison Ministry (Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries) connects persons incarcerated in local and state facilities; provides training and grants. WITNESS Commission on Archives and History - serves the Churchs Ministry of Memory so we may continue to learn from our past and anticipate our future; recognizes and encourages excellence in archival and historical work for the local church and the Tennessee Annual Conference; responsible for preserving and promoting the heritage of United Methodist resources in middle Tennessee. SPECIAL NOTE: [2012 will mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Tennessee Conference. Communications assesses, plans and updates the printed and electronic communications media for the Tennessee Conference, including the TNUM Connector Newspaper and subscriptions, the UM Connects, E-blast, the Website and other forms of communication as needed. United Methodist Men (UMM) focuses their resources and energies on the spiritual growth among men, helping them to mature as disciples of Jesus Christ, so they empower spiritual formation in other men within the congregations of the United Methodist Church. Helping Men Grow in Christ, So Others May Know Christ. Scouting Ministries sponsored by the United Methodist Men (UMM) of the United Methodist Church, sponsors strong ties to Scouting to enhance the churchs ministry in the community: Outreach, Nurture, and Service. Helps the local church by resourcing its ministry with children, youth, and families;

recognizes, supports, equips and trains United Methodist Scouts in their role of volunteer ministry in the church and community; is a positive spiritual force in a liaison relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, and 4-H. The Scout Oath pledges the Scout to help other people at all times. United Methodist Women - (UMW) develops programs to meet the needs and interests of women and the concerns and responsibilities of the global church; encourages and supports spiritual growth, missionary outreach, and Christian social action; promotes the plans and responsibilities of the Womens Division and the conference organization of United Methodist Women. COMMITTEES Conference Health Plan recommends the annual budget and premium rates for the health plan; advises the plan sponsor (who is the Director of Administrative Services) on matters related to plan coverage and costs. Conference Nominations (District Rep.) nominates persons to entities as authorized by the Annual Conference, including the officers of the CCOCM, Conference Lay Leader, Conference Secretary, Editor of the Journal, and Conference Statistician at the session immediately following General Conference. Episcopacy - supports the bishop of the area in the oversight of the spiritual and temporal affairs of the Church, with special reference to the area where the bishop has presidential responsibility; is available to the bishop for counsel; assist in the determination of the Episcopal needs of the area; keeps the bishop advised concerning conditions within the area; interprets to the people of the area and to conference agencies the nature and function of the Episcopal office; engages in annual consultation and appraisal of the balance of the bishops relationship and responsibilities to the area and annual conferences. And reports needs for Episcopal leadership to the jurisdictional committee on episcopacy. Journal coordinates the work related to the annual publication of the journal related to accuracy, efficiency and timelines to include the necessary divisions. Resolution created by the Annual Conference, establishes procedures for submission of resolutions, and after considering all resolutions, recommends that the Annual Conference approve, deny, or modify submitted resolutions. Standing Rules Review establishes the procedure by which a deliberative body (e.g. the Tennessee Conference) conducts its business sessions by proposing new policies and standing rules; by proposing needed amendments to existing policies and standing rules; and providing guidance to the Annual Conferences.