"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."  (Romans 12:6-8 NIV)

Want to Get Involved?

The Southeast District offers a wide variety of ministries and services to provide tools and training for congregational growth and enrichment, and assistance for those in need of personal and spiritual development.  Below are a few of these ministries where we invite any one who desires to participate.


Christian Education is organized in the Southeast in accordance to the Discipline of the CME Church.  The Director is appointed by the Presiding Elder.  The Director is involved in the planning and execution of the children, youth, and young adults ministries. 

Pastors appoint Directors of Christian Education for the local churches.  On the Regional, District and Local levels, Boards of Christian Education are organized annually and are charged to carry out the various duties of the Board.

The General Secretary of the Department of Christian Education provides leadership for all of the connection by giving a plan for the year, providing lists of resources to be used and making the Department available to help in any way.  Each fall the General Secretary sends a letter to the Regional Directors outlining the program for the year.  At the Annual Convocation, all Christian educators are invited to special training and informational sessions.  Additionally, the Department of Christian Education provides a retreat in Memphis for the purpose of promoting Christian Education.  Regional Directors are the primary invitees; however, they are encouraged to bring others. 

Christian Youth Fellowship

The Board of Christian Education oversees the Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF).  The purpose of the CYF is the followings:

  • Train young people in Christian living.
  • Enable them to enrich their lives through worship, Bible study, discussions, Christian service, and recreation.
  • Help them solve personal and social problems in light of the life and teachings of Christ.
  • Offer them opportunities for self-expression and exercise in the duties, functions and responsibilities of the church.
  • Provide opportunities for interaction with other youth in facing social problems.

Young Adults

The Young Adults ministry consists of persons from the ages of 18 to 35.  According to the Discipline of the CME Church, this ministry shall be carried out in those groups, auxiliaries, and organizations consisting of persons in that age category, including the Young Adult Fellowship, Young Adult Missionary Circle (Phyllis H. Bedford Circle), Young Adult Choir(s), Young Adult Usher Board(s), Young Adult Division of Sunday Church School, and other organizations established for that purpose.  Click here to learn more about the ministry of the Young Adult Work.


Board of Stewardesses of the Southeast District is under the leadership of the Coordinator of Stewardesses who is appointed by the Presiding Elder.  The Board serves in the following capacity in accordance with the CME Discipline:
  • Facilitate the work of the District Boards and provide workshops/training experiences.
  • Prepare for the celebration of the Holy Communion, Love Feast, etc., as directed by the Presiding Elder.
  • Perform such duties that are customary during worship services.
Perform any other duties as ascribed by the Presiding Elder.


The Department of Evangelism and Mission of the Southeast District promotes the program of Evangelism and Mission as outlined by the CME Discipline.  The aim of evangelism is to bring all persons into living active fellowship with God through Jesus Christ as Divine Savior and through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit; to gather them into the fellowship of the Church; to lead them to express their Christian discipleship in every area of human life that the kingdom of Gad may be realized.

The objectives of the Missions ministry shall be evangelical and educational, designed to promote Christian missions, Church extension, Missionary education and interest throughout the Connection in the United States and in other countries in which the CME Church conducts missionary activities.


The purpose of lay ministry of the Southeast District, in conjunction with the Regional and Connectional Department of Lay Ministries, is to provide reliable information and resources concerning significant issues confronting the Southeast District.

Specifically the Lay Department shall:

  • Work cooperatively with members of the Department of Christian Education at every level of the church by promoting and supporting all church activities.
  • Seek to improve personal relationships among clergy and lay and challenge the laity to be their best in coming closer to God and mankind.
  • Be willing to serve; must understand and love the CME Church.
  • Train church officers in the full understanding and discharge of their duties.
  • Develop and maintain a sound and workable financial system in the local church.
  • Inform and equip the local congregations and church leaders concerning the urgency for greater emphasis on teaching the Bible as the authoritative Word of God and regular Bible study and prayer.
Additionally, the laity throughout the District has many outreach ministries.


Our foundational scripture is Ruth 1:16 – “For whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge:  thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.”
The role of the Ministers’ Spouses, Widows, and Widowers is to assist their mate in building the Kingdom of God. While it is very clear to us that those who preach the word of God are called to such a job, we also recognize that the roles of the Minister’s Spouse is a calling as well.  We must assist in the church in any way to help promote the common good, but above all we must help our mate in untold ways.
We are bound by the principle advanced by Ruth. Therefore, we graciously accept our calling to remain faithful to God and faithful to our spouses, widows and widowers as we travel up the King’s Highway serving God by serving humankind.



The Southeast District and its local churches offer many ministries for seniors, two of these are noted below: 

Affordable Housing for Seniors

Saint Luke CME Church in Nashville, Tennessee, provides affordable housing for senior citizens.  The John L. Glenn Residential Center and the Alsup Arbors constitute one beautiful campus of affordable housing for persons sixty-two years of age and over. The campus features a shaded patio, walking trails, convenient outside benches, resident parking, all within walking distance of Saint Luke. The apartments of Alsup Arbors are elegantly designed with a hallway entrance to each apartment, a spacious living room with a ceiling fan, a separate kitchen with modern appliances, a dining area, a large bathroom, and ample storage space. The residents of both facilities enjoy and have access to a computer learning center, two activity rooms, a library, an arts and crafts room, and two furnished laundry rooms. Entrances lobbies and group areas at both buildings provide comfortable furniture for socializing with other residents and friends. A state-of-the-art electronic security system is in place, which permits 24-hour video surveillance of the inside and outside of the buildings. A personal alert system is installed in each apartment.

The various circles of the Missionary Society carry out regularly scheduled activities for the residents during holidays and throughout the year. Special invitations are extended to the residents for all church events. Bible study is conducted every Wednesday at the Glenn Center and is open to all residents. Residents of this housing ministry enjoy lectures, shopping trips, recreational outings, board games, exercise classes, and other functions. An independent resident council allows the residents to convey their concerns and desires to various levels of management and governance including the Board of Directors of each facility.

This outreach ministry of the church enables senior citizens to have safe, affordable, and attractive housing in an environment where the quality of life is enhanced.

Honor and Recognition of Seniors

Our seniors’ Honor and Recognition Luncheon is an annual affair where the District recognizes its senior members for their work, thank them for their many contributions, and inspire them through preaching, music, skits, Christian comedy, and age-related presentations from various organizations and speakers.



The First Episcopal District strongly supports One Church, One School which was founded in 1992 by Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. It was built upon the foundation that it takes a whole village to raise a child.

The purpose of One Church, One School is to facilitate the creation of church/school partnerships that positively addresses the academic achievement, social behavior and personal development of the children they serve.  Learn more about this ministry at OCOS.


The Missionary Society of the Southeast District holds a special place in the history of the Women’s Missionary Council of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church as the Council was founded in Nashville, Tennessee, in September, 1918.   The Arkansas, East and West Tennessee Regions of the Missionary Society consists of a distinctive body of Christian women with a vision, who serve untiring in their efforts, fervent in zeal, and with excellence in organizing local, district and annual conference missionary societies.   Numerous women of the respective churches play important roles, render outstanding service, offer unique talents, and involved in a wide-range of ministries on the District level and in all phases of the Church.  The overall mission of the Missionary Society is to actively engage in fulfilling the sharing of good news, salvation through Jesus Christ with unsaved men, women and children at home and abroad.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?” and I said, “Here am I send me.” –  Isaiah 6:8


The Southeast District provides support to the educational institutions listed below which are under the auspices of the CME Church.  These four colleges and seminary are designed to provide opportunity for higher education for all people.  The Southeast District gives financial and recruitment support.  Click on the links below to learn more about these institutions.

Lane College

Dr. Logan Hamptom, President
545 Lane Avenue
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
(731) 426-7500


Miles College

Dr. George T. French, Jr., President
5500 Myron Massey Boulevard
Fairfield, Alabama 35064
(205) 929-1000
P.O. Box 3800
Birmingham, Alabama  35208

(205) 929-1428

Texas College

Dr. Dwight Fennell, President
2404 N. Grand Avenue
Tyler, Texas  75702
(903) 593-8311
Dr. George C. Bradley, President
1235 Fifteenth Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901

(706) 821-8200

Dr. Marvin Thomas, President and Dean
700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30314

(404) 527-7768 


The Southeast District is the home of two Retirement and Assisted Living facilities owned and operated by Saint Luke CME Church in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Alsups Arbors

Retirement and Assisted Living
Saint Luke CME Church
2020 Ed Temple Boulevard
Nashville, TN  37208

John L. Glenn Residential Center

Retirement and Assisted Living
Saint Luke CME Church
2020 Ed Temple Boulevard
Nashville, TN  37208

(615) 259-4048