Issue 6
June 2012
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When we heard him during auditions for Sunday Best two years ago, there was no doubt that Elder Goldwire McClendon had been singing for the Lord a long time. What most of us didn't know was that he'd recorded a few albums and was a (church) household name in the Philadelphia area. He was runner up to Le'andria Johnson in the competition, but remained number one in a lot of our hearts. We can now re-connect with "The Elder" through his new project, The Best of Elder Goldwire McClendon.

There are no new songs on Elder's project, but that doesn't surprise his fans at all. He is old school at its best. He put his own kind of contemporary spin on traditional and classic gospel songs. Every time I hear the first track, "He's All Over Me," I remember his rendition of this song on Sunday Best and the energy this 79-year old man had as he cut a step or two during and AFTER the song.

He showed great confidence when he sang "The Battle is the Lord's" during the competition with gospel great Yolanda Adams as a judge. He got her stamp of approval and ours, so it's only befitting that his rendition is included on this project.

I could go on and on about the journey that Elder McClendon takes us on with songs like "How Great Thou Art," "Jesus Be a Fence Around Me," "Oh Happy Day," "I Know It Was The Blood," and "I'll Take You There," but it is an encounter you have to experience for yourself.

He may be 82-years old and the project may be entitled The Best of Elder Goldwire McClendon, but I have a feeling there are better things coming from this gentleman.

Zacchaeus Hayslett
Contributing Writer

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Welcome! It seems like just yesterday that 2012 began; now spring is here.

Once again we have the privilege to greet you in our monthly Inspirer newsletter. Take your time and peruse each article because there is a lot of good information for you and yours. We have tidbits from many areas of ministry we know you will enjoy. So don't just scroll down to the end and look at pictures; you'll miss some very valuable information.

Our theme this year is "Embracing Perfection Through Passion." To us, EMBRACE stands for Empowering Ministry, Building Relationships and Advancing Christians Everywhere! In Ephesians 4:11-13 Paul expresses that God gave passionate ministry gifts "...For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ..." I believe that the foundation of successful ministry begins with a true love for God and His people. Yes, where there is true Passion, there can also be Perfection!

Always remember, if ever you are in our area, we would love to have you and your family come by and visit with us.  




Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor





State AIM Convention 2012

The 2012 Auxiliaries in Ministry (AIM) Convention for the Tennessee Central Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ will convene June 11 - 15 in Jackson, Tennessee. Every year, the State AIM Convention attracts delegates from various churches in the jurisdiction for a week of training, fellowship and spiritual renewal.

Under the leadership of Bishop Brandon B. Porter, Jurisdictional Prelate, and Minister Zacchaeus Hayslett, State AIM Chairman, the event seeks to advance Kingdom work through spiritual enrichment, in-depth training, Christian education, family fellowship, evangelism and discipleship. The State Aim Convention, which emulates COGIC's International AIM Convention, highlights several departments within the church: Music and Youth, Missions and Evangelism, and Sunday School. During the week, auxiliaries meet each day for separate training sessions and workshops, and all come together each night for praise and worship, anointed music, and powerful preaching.

This year's special music guests consist of the Tennessee Central Jurisdiction mass choir, Praise Report, GCT praise dancers, Citadel of Deliverance choir, EJ3, and Vincent Tharp and Kenosis. On Tuesday night, the congregation will hear a message from Tennessee Central's very own Evangelist Ruby Hutchins. Guest speakers include Pastor Edwin Walker from Chicago, Illinois, who is scheduled to preach on Wednesday night and Dr. Judith McAllister, president of the International Music Department, who is slated for Thursday evening. Bishop Brandon B. Porter will bring the final message for the culmination of the weeklong convention on Friday night. Many other special guests are expected to attend.

Contributing Writer: Sis. Phyllis Dearing

Giving Up Can Be A Good Thing

Javier Bailey, noted Memphis attorney, is closing down his law firm and pursuing a real estate brokerage venture. To many, surrendering his license to practice law doesn't make sense. Some have even labeled him a quitter because of it. He has always been an activist and many see his practice as a vehicle to ensure that justice is served. He recently rebutted with the fact that he is still and always will be active in the community. He also challenged those that question his move with this: "Do you think I am more or less dangerous without all of the regulations on me?"

I have a close friend who has been with her boyfriend for more than fifteen years. For whatever reason, he doesn't want to get married. The relationship has its share of obstacles but she feels that with so many years invested, it would be crazy to give up now. She insists on persevering - proving that she is NOT a quitter.

These two instances make it clear that quitting is subjective. To some quitting is not an option regardless of what you have to give up to "stay in the fight;" while others seem to never hesitate or look back. I encourage you to focus on the latter. Quitting is not always a bad thing.

Contrary to popular belief, we were not created to persevere in all things. Sometimes it is necessary to give up one thing in order to make room for something better. Our persistence should only be employed to push us to become - and have - and do - those things God has planned for us.

The next time you are at the crossroads of change ask yourself three questions and determine if change is good:

(1) If I continue on this path will my vision be realized?
(2) What would it look like to change course?
(3) What is the Holy Spirit telling me?

Quitting and changing directions are two distinctively different things. The key to reaching your full potential depends on you figuring out the difference and wisely knowing when it is time to change. Giving up can be a good thing!!!

Contributing Writer: Sis. Emma Devine

Money Matters

Cosigning a Loan

I love my family and friends with all my heart and would help them out of just about any tough situation, if I am able. Cousin Jessie, on mom's side of the family, struggles to make ends meet since he got laid off his job. His eldest daughter, Cora, managed to get academic scholarships to pay for college. However, participation in time consuming, extra-curricular activities her first year has taken a toll on her grades, resulting in the loss of funding. Now Cora needs dad's help to pay her tuition.

Cousin Jessie, after exhausting every alternative means of coming up with the money, reluctantly asks me to cosign a student loan for Cora. What a decision! Let's examine what dear Cousin Jessie is actually proposing I do:


* Guarantee the loan: I take full responsibility for repaying the loan or some part of it in the event Cora is unable. If Cora misses a payment, the lender could try to collect from me before attempting to collect from Cora. This will affect my ability to borrow because the debt shows on my credit as well. Can I afford to do this?



* Pay late fees and collection costs: How can I monitor whether Cora pays on time? I could request that the lender agree in writing to inform me of any missed payments. This will allow me time to adjust my budget for the additional expense of paying the delinquent amounts.

* Default collection: What if Cora cannot afford to pay the debt? The lender can sue me or garnish my wages. This could really affect my credit and my possessions can be taken if I pledged them as security for the loan.

* Right to request copies of loan documents: These could come in handy if the lender tries to make us repay amounts that differ from the terms of the agreement.

This decision is not an easy one. While I love my family and would be proud to play a role in helping Cora get through college, I must weigh the pros and cons of cosigning a loan. Proverbs 22:26-27 says, "Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, one of those who is surety for debts; if you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?"

Sis. Ramona Coe,
Contributing Writer
Ministry Moment

Scholarship FYI

Scholarships and awards are offered at Greater Community Temple. If you are a high school graduate and will be attending college this fall, you may be eligible for the GCT Scholarship and other awards. If you are a member of GCT, active in ministry and have registered with the GCT Scholarship Committee, then you were emailed an application. If you are not registered you need to contact the committee to get an application. Applications were made available May 15, deadline is June 18 and interviews for the process starts June 26. Advertisement and collection of graduate's names for graduation is constant. The GCT Scholarship Committee incorporates into its celebration all high school and college grads. The celebration runs with the current academic school year. On July 20, 2012, the GCT Scholarship Committee will hold its Annual Grads Dinner Program at the GCT East location. We will celebrate all high school and college grads of all ages and the GCT Membership Scholarship along with other awards are presented at the dinner.

The GCT Membership Scholarship is a collection of donations from church members. Awards come from auxiliaries and families of GCT. These awards are used to buy books and other materials needed for college. All other fundraising events are used to hold the dinner and provide specialized graduate gifts. Become an award donor today or make a donation to the GCT Scholarship Fund by indicating "scholarship" on your envelope. Setting up an award is easy. Contact Linda Bolden at to invest in a student today and watch your investment grow tomorrow.

Contributing Writer: Sis. Linda Bolden
In The Mix

Current Events

Presented by Downtown Memphis Commission at Court Square

April 19-June 15, 2012
Bringing art, culture, music and creativity to the streets of Downtown Memphis! Lunch has never been so much fun! This on-street performance series celebrates Memphis' creative spirit by offering free shows during lunch. Performances take place from 11:45am - 1pm at beautiful Court Square along Main Street unless otherwise indicated. Bring lawn chairs, lunch, and your kids, friends, and co-workers to these family-friendly events!

Tuesday May 29
Jimmy Ogle's Tuesday History Tour: Manhole Covers
Discover the history, art, and architecture of Memphis with celebrated historian Jimmy Ogle as your guide. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and covers approximately four blocks. Meet at Union and Front at 11:45am.

Zumba @ 4:45pm
Bring your workout clothes and get energized with this free, after-work class led by DeeJay!

Wednesday, May 30
Live From Memphis Presents: Ink Off! Two local artists duke it out in ink live for the love of the audience!

Thursday, June 7
Memphis Music Thursdays
Memphis Music Foundation Showcase

Ballet Fitness @ 5pm
Get in shape for summer with this 30-minute workout with instructor Emmy Johnston from Energy Fitness!

Tuesday, June 12
Copper Bracelet Workshop
Staff from The Metal Museum will help you create your own one-of-a-kind hammered copper bracelet

Contributing Writer: Sis. Beverly Parish
Monthly Emphasis


A commitment is a pledge or a promise, according to For instance, a spouse, a child, friends, a job, contracts and God are areas in which people make a commitment. In a time where focus on self is being emphasized a lot more, the world still expects the children of God to be accountable, trustworthy, and bring value to society. The characteristics described here have one common denominator: Jesus Christ. Matthew 4:4 says Jesus answered, "It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Jesus shows us that obedience to the Word of God gives us direction and life even when the devil tempts us to feed our desires on our own. The Word of God gives His children all His promises that bring joy and blessing; which is His commitment to us.

Godly parents, continue to give your children love and His Word. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Each of us makes mistakes in whom we allow in our lives or how we treat each other. We must commit to being godly and caring to others and the best ones to commit are in the faith because we can handle trials better (Proverbs 27: 17).

God's biggest promise to His children is the gift of eternal life. Matthew 7: 13-15 says, "Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction; and many there be which go in thereat because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." The world has various lusts (i.e. drugs, sexual immorality and greed) that will cause many people to miss out on God. Jesus says those who are false speak words people want to hear, instead of what God wants them to hear. A child of God cannot feed on everything, so each of us must know God's Word. We must hold on to His teachings for the gift of eternal life to come to pass and that is commitment.

Contributing Writer: Minister Sylvester Person

GREATER COMMUNITY TEMPLE'S mission is to impact its community through evangelism, discipleship in order to change the world. We are committed to developing the believer in their faith of the Lord Jesus Christ through the consistent and systematic study of God's word. We exist to celebrate God's presence, to demonstrate God's love, to communicate God's word, and to educate God's people.

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor