What It Means to Be United Methodist

In this season in the life of our denomination, we are celebrating, highlighting, and affirming the many reasons that make us excited to stay in the UMC!

We have created a webpage (link below) dedicated to lifting up testimonies of folks within the TWK Conference who are passionate about the identity and mission of the UMC.

We want to hear what makes you proud to be a United Methodist! Please share your testimonies, photos, and videos with us at communications@twkumc.org.

Why I Am Staying in the UMC


Members of Gainesboro UMC in the Caney Fork River District participating in the #BeUMC campaign. Photo by Donna Parramore.

The 2022 inaugural TWK Annual Conference was held in June. Use the below links to learn more about that meeting!
Information & Recap
Video Recordings
Managing Transitions Resources
2022 Clergy Appointments
Our Vision: Unifying to embody the love of Christ in Spirit-led actions one community at a time.
Our Mission: To discover, equip, connect and send lay and clergy leaders who shape congregations that offer Christ to a hurting world, one neighborhood at a time.


January 24, 2023

Lay Servant Training Opportunities Provided by the Red River District In-Person at Gordon Memorial UMC

The Red River District will offer Basic and Advanced Lay Servant Training at Gordon Memorial UMC on February 11 and 18, 2023.  These courses will be offered in person and ...

January 17, 2023

TWK 2023 Be Retreat: Belong! at Cedar Crest

The TWK Youth Team invites you to join them on March 4-5 for their 2023 Be Retreat: Belong! This TWK children’s spiritual life event is designed for 3rd – 5th ...

January 11, 2023

TWK Youth Transition Team Conference Update January 2023

By the TWK Youth Transition Team The Tennessee-Western Kentucky Annual Conference Youth Transition Team met on retreat January 6-8 at Cedar Crest. This team, having spent 18 months together to ...

January 10, 2023

Lawson Hired as Ministry Associate – Connect & Discover/Send

The Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference is pleased to announce that Courtney Aldrich Lawson has been hired to serve as the Ministry Associate – Connect & Discover/Send. Courtney is ready to empower conference leaders and ministry ...

January 04, 2023

Bishop McAlilly Returns

 The bishop is back at work! As of January 3, Bishop McAlilly has officially come off of medical leave and is back to full capacity as our bishop! We thank ...

January 04, 2023

Miriam’s Promise Interim Family Care Information Session

Miriam’s Promise Interim Family Care Information Session WHEN: Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Zoom  WHAT: Looking for a way to be a more active support of ...

December 28, 2022

“Spiritus” to Lead Book Discussions at Nashville Public Library

By Tyler Sprouse, TWK Communications Specialist “Spiritus,” an interfaith, ecumenical group of clergy and laity, is advancing the conversation about gun violence in America–and you are invited to add your ...

December 28, 2022

Finding Hope Within the Blues | A “Holiday Blues & Jazz” Recap

By Rev. Neelley Hicks In this festival season of Light lay also the darkness. The stark contrast becomes even more pronounced as joyful celebrations abound. For many who suffer loss, ...

December 09, 2022

December 10 Tornado Commemoration Opportunities in the Purchase District

This Saturday, December 10, 2022 is the one year anniversary of the horrific tornado event that killed several of our neighbors and destroyed billions of dollars’ worth of property. Our ...

December 07, 2022

Local Churches Combating Climate Change: “Start Where You Are”

By Tyler Sprouse, TWK Communications Specialist The magnitude of the climate crisis is overwhelming and can lead people to feelings of despair and helplessness. What can everyday people do in ...