God is doing new thing!

On November 12, 2018, the General Assembly of the Church Of God In Christ approved the creation of a new diocese in the State of Tennessee, namely, the TN METROPOLITAN ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. Also, Presiding Bishop Charles Blake & the General Board designated and appointed Bishop-Designate Linwood Elijah Dillard, Jr. as the Jurisdictional Prelate.




Mother Patricia L. Merriweather
Jurisdictional Supervisor, Department of Women

Senior Pastors, Church Planters, or Churches/Ministries interested in becoming a part of Tennessee Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Church Of God In Christ
Please contact us at tnmetrocogic@gmail.com


  • Tennessee Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction is a community of churches and pastors that provides connection, accountability, empowerment, fellowship, inspiration, and leadership development.

  • Tennessee Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction doctrinal belief and faith are purely and fully based upon Church Of God In Christ’s Doctrine, which is the Bible.

  • Tennessee Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction provides multiple opportunities for leveraging, mentorship, covering, connection, growth, and support.

  • Tennessee Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction does not exist to be served but it exists to serve others.


To provide connection, accountability, empowerment, fellowship, covering, and inspiration to pastors and local churches that will result in the saving of souls; ministry growth and development; and strengthening of leaders and workers.


LOCAL CHURCH CENTERED - To help local congregations grow and multiply, be healthier, and more authentically reflect God’s plan. Local churches are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship. Continue finding the best ways to serve, strengthen, and multiply congregations.

EFFECTIVENESS - To promote Spirit-led relevance and significance while establishing and building both the local church and ministry leader.

EDUCATION - To promote a very comprehensive and academically balanced educational platform that will prepare and/or polish the ministry leader theologically through the various Bible College and Leadership Institute venues.

EDIFICATION - To inspire and influence leaders to discover and develop their Christian worldviews through guiding purpose, passion and practice.

RESPECT - To treat all pastors, ministry leaders and members with mutual respect and sensitivity, recognizing the importance of diversity. We respect all individuals and value their contributions.

EQUIPPING - To enhance world-class churches and ministries through strategic, cutting edge leadership seminars, conferences and summits.

INTEGRITY - To act with honesty and integrity, not compromising the truth. Personal relationship with Jesus Christ and growing towards maturity in relationship with Him, evidenced in godly character, behavior and attitudes, as expressed in Scripture.

EMPOWERING - To promote first-class leaders who display the highest value of leadership with high standards of integrity, morality and character while demonstrating Kingdom authority in ministry endeavors and objectives.

EXPANSION - To promote a bonding of relationships, friendships and opportunities from leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences that will share a common vision and purpose as well as embrace unity without uniformity.

MISSIONS – To support and promote COGIC Global World Missions

FOCUSED ON MINISTRY & SERVICED - To strive for excellence without compromise in all areas of the jurisdictional ministry. We believe that each believer has received a special gift and should employ it in serving others, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. We believe excellence honors God and reflects His character.

WORSHIP - To acknowledge God’s supreme value and worth in our personal lives and in the corporate, contemporary and traditional worship of our jurisdiction.

PEOPLE DEVELOPING – To help people grow spiritually. We provide biblical instruction, and we encourage believers to discover and exercise their spiritual gifts.

FAMILY AFFIRMING – To provide an atmosphere, which strengthens marriages and families.

COMMITMENT TO PRAYER – To characterize the ministries and activities of the jurisdiction by a reliance on private and public prayer in their conception, planning, and execution.


  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written Word of God.

  • We believe that there is only One God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and, God the Holy Spirit.

  • We believe in the blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is in Christ, at His return.

  • We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious Blood of Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation.

  • We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer.

  • We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.

  • We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy and separated life in the present world.

Tennessee Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
Church Of God In Christ
EM: tnmetrocogic@gmail.com