The Greenleaf family, which runs sprawling Memphis megachurch Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, appears to be a loving and caring clan. Beneath the surface, though, exist scandalous secrets and lies. Greed, adultery and sibling rivalry are among the issues that threaten to test the family's faith and tear the group apart. The scandalous happenings are uncovered by Grace, the estranged daughter of church leader Bishop James Greenleaf, when she returns home after a 20-year absence.
The Bishop and Lady Mae's crumbling marriage threatens to destroy the Greenleaf family, but they soon find their church in danger when a $2 million IRS tax bill arrives at Calvary. The Season 3 premiere.
Grace takes Rochelle up on her offer to help start a legal defense fund. Bishop and Lady Mae ask if parishioner Clara Jackson's Powerball winnings can assist with their IRS bill.
The Bishop sends Lady Mae into a tailspin when he surprises her with divorce papers. Grace does a newspaper interview in Mae's place, while deploying Darius to investigate Rochelle.
Lady Mae visits world famous Pastor Maxine Patterson and endures the Bishop's final attempt to win her back at a Round Table party. Connie asks if Grace is interested in running Calvary.
The Bishop and Lady Mae make alternate plans after Clara denies them the check for the IRS bill. Grace tends to Sophia when a medical emergency sends her daughter to the hospital.
Maxine Patterson visits Calvary the weekend Lady Mae and the Bishop announce their divorce to the congregation. Grace and Rochelle find a case for their legal defense fund.
Grace questions her involvement in the Coralie Hunter case when the D.A. threatens to reopen her case with Mac. The Bishop and Lady Mae disagree on hosting "A Day with Lady Mae" at Calvary.
The Bishop struggles to maintain his place within the family after another Zora crisis hits the Greenleafs; Grace attempts to convince Coralie not to take the district attorney's plea deal.
The Bishop wrestles with signing the divorce papers on the weekend of his Silver Jubilee celebration. Grace realizes her father will need help at Calvary when Lady Mae is gone.
Grace discovers Rochelle Cross' true identity with Darius' help. Kerissa welcomes Triumph's new accountant and learns two hundred thousand dollars is missing.
The Greenleaf's IRS issues escalate when the FBI raid both Calvary and Triumph on suspicion of embezzlement. Grace questions her paternity when Aaron tells her that his father Lionel died.
Mae preaches beautifully at A Day with Lady Mae as the Bishop fears he may lose Calvary. Grace gets a paternity test with Aaron and works with Jacob to clear their family name.
On the first Sunday after Harmony and Hope's installation at Calvary, the Greenleaf family's united front shatters. Grace attempts to lead the church's loyalties back toward the Greenleafs, but a call from Noah brings a long buried secret to light.
While engaging in a power struggle with Phil, Grace walks a tightrope, uncertain of what to do in regards to her secret. Bishop discovers something about a rival, making it possible to win back Mae and the church.
Grace faces her past but as she does so, gives Phil the opportunity to impress key church leadership. Lady Mae steps in to do damage control in Grace's absence and is forced to face Mac's ghost and her own stained reputation.
Bob Whitmore returns to Memphis to remind Grace that he is the one in charge and to firmly encourage her to consider a new idea he has for Calvary. On a mission to uncover what's been going on between Noah and Grace, Charity makes an explosive phone call.
The fractures between Bishop and Lady Mae deepen and old wounds are reopened as he considers an invitation to preach elsewhere. Grace struggles to keep her secret and the church under compartmentalized control, the pressure mounting with every moment.
Unable to keep her secret any longer, Grace confesses to her family. However, not all of the Greenleafs are on her side, the situation is further complicated by the police, lies, affairs, and the interests of Harmony & Hope.
The Bishop plans a romantic surprise for Lady Mae, but it goes sideways when other pursuits collide and combust. Lady Mae learns that her name is being erased from the scholarship fund at Calvary and sets out to protect her legacy.
Lady Mae and Bishop throw an impromptu party to subvert Harmony & Hope's plans for Calvary. Charity's loyalties are questioned, and Grace must delicately navigate between playing the obedient pastor for Judee Whitmore and her parents' schemes.
Bishop moves to prevent Judee Whitmore's proposed governance structure; Jacob and Kerissa attempt to mend their wounds; a secret about Phil threatens his relationship with Charity; Grace realizes that what is right has never been less clear.
The Greenleaf family struggles in the aftermath of Mac's release. Lady Mae makes a last-ditch attempt to save the Bishop. Basie's announcement opens a rift between the Bishop and Jacob.
Grace and Charity oppose Lady Mae's reaction to demands from the Deacon Board. The Bishop visits his father-in-law and runs into Mac. Kerissa and Jacob prepare to move out. Grace goes out with Darius Nash, a journalist following Calvary.
After one of Mac's victims attempts suicide, Grace makes a rash decision that may have lasting consequences. Kevin's mother visits, exposing old wounds. Lady Mae tries to reason with Jacob.
Bishop and Lady Mae preside over Calvary's Fall Revival, and decide to take action against Basie. Lady Mae and Grace connect with old friends. Grace confronts Mac's new girlfriend.
When Basie hears about the injunction filed to stop construction of Triumph Two, he stages a sit-in at Calvary in an attempt to force Bishop's hand. Grace's plan to put Mac away hits a snag.
Kevin and Charity begin divorce proceedings, but the circumstances are exacerbated when Lady Mae learns the truth about Kevin. Grace and Darius's relationship reaches a stalemate.
The anniversary of Faith's death is at hand and Grace shows no sign of giving up her pursuit of Mac. Basie and Jacob, meanwhile, receive bad news regarding Triumph Two's finances.
In the Season 2 midseason finale, Jacob makes Triumph pastor Basie Skanks an offer to clear his debt and gain full control of Triumph II; and Mac receives bad news from Skip Leonard that puts him in an explosive collision course with Grace.
In the Season 2 midseason premiere, Grace and Mac's showdown sends shockwaves through the family. Jacob offers the Bishop an olive branch. Kevin makes a decision that leaves Charity reeling.
Jacob and Kerissa establish their new ministry. Charity desperately tries to reach Kevin. Darius gets an offer that may take him out of Memphis, leaving Grace to wonder where she fits in his life.
When Sophia and Zora are excluded from the upcoming debutante cotillion, Lady Mae sets out to make things right. Grace is inspired by Basie's sermon. Charity reaches out to Carlton.
Basie's sermon regarding inclusivity in the church goes viral, lighting a fire under Grace and provoking Bishop's suspicions. Kerissa pushes Jacob to get a day job.
A series of recurring nightmares leaves Grace unnerved; Charity looks to take her relationship with Jabari to the next level; and Bishop gives Basie an ultimatum.
Lionel returns and drops a bombshell on Bishop and Lady Mae; Charity receives great news from Jabari; Jacob encounters resistance on his first day as head of Triumph.
Charity's plan hits a roadblock; Skip Leonard offers Jacob an enticing deal; Lady Mae suddenly finds herself at odds with the Bishop.
The drama centered on a Memphis megachurch opens with the return home of estranged daughter Gracie following the death of her sister, Faith. Her father, the church bishop, seems happy to see her, but other family members are less than welcoming. Complicating matters even more: she learns unsettling information about the family and her sister's death from her Aunt Mavis.
Grace decides to move home in order to pursue the person she blames for her sister's death, but working at the church proves to be more difficult than she imagined. In other events, Jacob takes on more responsibilities at the church as a result of her return; Kevin has doubts about his and Charity's plan to start a family; and the Bishop refuses a senator's inquiries into the church's finances.
Grace has an uncomfortable dinner date with a former beau and his fiancée; Jacob and Kerissa face the deficiencies in their marriage; Kevin has an unwanted attraction; and Senator Banks ups the pressure in his inquiry into the church's finances.
The mayor calls in a favor, which leaves the Bishop in a bind that could split the church; Grace is blackmailed about Faith's past; Jacob and Kerissa attend couple counseling; and Charity has difficulty keeping a secret.
Grace and the Bishop find themselves in opposition; Lady Mae tries to mend fences while Kerissa is pushed to her limit; Kevin further explores his sexuality.
The Bishop appoints Grace to preach on Sunday in his absence; Jacob tries to arrange a TV deal for the church; and Kevin's flippant advice to Charity on how to hire a new music director backfires.
Mac is slated to be named "Memphis Man of the Year," but first must advise Charity about the music director; help Jacob with his TV pitch to the Bishop; and deal with paranoia about Grace's effort to bring him to justice. Also on his plate: the IRS audit; and the unwanted appearance of his and Lady Mae's father.
Grace reaches out to Officer Nelson while also working with Noah in an effort to find evidence against Mac; Lady Mae is suspicious of Grace and Noah; Jacob presents his TV plan to the Bishop; Lady Mae pushes the Bishop to reveal a secret; and the Bishop deals with a woman who is out to destroy Calvary.
A debate over security at Calvary erupts following the church shooting; Mac's plans to leave the country life behind set off a chain of potential catastrophes.
Grace thwarts Mac's attempt to blackmail the Bishop; and deals with Sophia's father, Ray, who has doubts about Grace's parenting. In other events, Charity, who's fed up with being disrespected, finally speaks up.
The church is losing money and members; Ray seeks custody of Sophia; Jacob's offers to help Calvary are declined; and Kevin gets closer to Adrian.
Grace, Ray and Sophia go to court; Basie, the Bishop and Jacob discuss an opportunity at Triumph; Deacon Sykes wants to hold a "women's day" at a smaller venue; Adrian gets the wrong idea about his lunch with Kevin; Mavis has problems with her club; and Kevin shares his feelings with Charity.
In the Season 1 finale, Deacon Sykes has doubts about Lady Mae preaching at the "women's day" event; Basie wants Jacob to run Triumph's new community center; and Lady Mae confronts Mavis.