To empower Tennessee Conference Black United Methodists for more effective witness and service among pastors and lay persons in local churches, districts, schools and the larger community within the conference.
To act as an agitating conscience within local churches, districts, the conference and institutions within the conference, and upon conference structures, so as to make and keep them sensitive to the needs and expressions of a genuinely inclusive and relevant church.
To encourage Tennessee Conference Black Methodists and others to be involved in the struggle for economic, political and social justice.
To keep before the conference the crucial issues facing the church by formulating and implementing plans and programs, which realistically deal with the needs of black people.
To facilitate more dialogue between the black constituency, and non-black constituencies within the church.
On August 19, 1967, the segregated, all-Black Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Episcopal Church elected its 14th and final Episcopal leader, Bishop L. Scott Allen. At midnight that Saturday, the Central Jurisdiction ceased to exist, ending the open segregation of the races in the Methodist Episcopal Church. This sad chapter in Methodist history was now closed.
In 1967, many members of the now defunct Central Jurisdiction felt uncertain about the status of Black Methodists in this new United Methodist Church. Despite the tremendous contributions that Black Methodists had made to the church, the Methodist Church had never accorded Blacks equal status as Christian sisters and brothers. Groups of Black Methodists met frequently to discuss the problem of racial equality in their new denomination.
On February 6, 1968, Black Methodists from around the United States convened in Cincinnati, OH, to answer this critical question: “How do we ensure that there will be a permanent place for Blacks in the new United Methodist Church?” [Read More on General BMCR Site]