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Cultivating Rural Church Leaders

Rural congregations are often unrecognized as permanent stakeholders in their communities. The Turner Center seeks to create opportunities for congregations to cultivate meaningful, God-honoring change within their communities.

The Turner Fellows Cohort
Each cohort consists of a small group of pastors committed to leading meaningful change in their community. Over the course of a year, they come together to develop skills in asset based community development, culminating in a community transformation project.

Community Transformation Grant
Each year, we offer a small grant to a rural church in the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church. Community Transformation Grants are designed to support existing work by churches engaged in meaningful community development work.

Certified Lay Ministry
A United Methodist Certified Lay Minister is a certified lay servant who is called and equipped to lead the church in a variety of ways. The Turner Center is proud to serve as the Registrar for the Tennessee Annual Conference. 

Course of Study
Part-Time Licensed Local Pastors in the Course of Study take classes on Martin Methodist College’s campus through the Appalachian Local Pastors Extension School. 

Ben Alford Scholars
Ben Alford Scholarships are full-tuition scholarships to students showing exceptional promise in the area of church and communityleadership. Students must be an active member of a Methodist church.