The Diocese of Tennessee supports the efforts of multiple ministries, each with their own focus, missions, and events within the community.
Education for Ministry (EFM) is a four-year program developed and administered by the School of Theology Program Center at the University of the South, better known simply as Sewanee.
Throughout the 4 years, participants are given an opportunity to study the Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology.
Episcopal Relief & Development is the compassionate response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. Hearing God’s call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being, Episcopal Relief & Development serves to bring together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world.
Cursillo is a movement within the Episcopal Church that raises up and supports Christian leaders in ministry, helping them live out the Great Commission.
During a three-day retreat, participants focus on the essentials of the Christian message, hear the call to take up their role as leaders in all the environments in which God has placed them, and receive tools to support their individual personal commitments to increased piety, study, and action through small friendship groups.
Clergy and laity unite in mutual ministry to participate in Christ’s mission of reconciliation to the world.
The mission of the Evangelism & Congregational Development Committee (ECDC) is to help the diocese in its mission “to encourage and equip one another as the baptized people of God, to witness to the transforming and reconciling power of Jesus Christ” through providing educational opportunities and resources.
The Diocesan Youth Steering Committee exists to resource and cultivate ministry to teens in the Diocese of Tennessee. This is implemented by:
The Beloved Community Commission was established by the Bishop of Tennessee as a Task Force in the summer of 2016 and became a Commission late in the inaugural year of 2017. A professionally facilitated discernment process was conducted in 2017 through which the following mission statement was developed:
“To live out our Baptismal covenant; “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves and to strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being.”
To this end, the commission strives to:
For further insight into the issues involved in race and reconciliation, browse through the various media resources below and actions taken within our diocese and around The Episcopal Church.
“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.”
– Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Check back here in early 2024. Until then, it’s never too early to register to vote or update your information if you have moved or changed your name since the last time you voted. It’s easy to register or update your information online https://sos.tn.gov/elections.
Resources from the national church for engaging in public policy as a person of faith
From the Diocese of Atlanta: