This student cohort has been developed collaboratively by the Mississippi United Methodist Annual Conference and Ministry Architects and designed to equip today’s leaders from different church sizes, cultures and locations to grow and serve their various communities as lifelong disciples comfortable with questions and doubts.
This two-year commitment is designed for high school students. These are our goals:
• Students will return to their churches equipped and passionate about serving in and through their local church.
• Students will be clearer about their unique gifts: whether it be in a ministry vocation or in some other calling (lay servanthood).
• Students of different genders, ethnicities, ages, worship styles and varying church sizes, will build a rich sense of community.
• Students will then plan and implement a shared-mission event each year as they journey together.
Download the application here (pdf) or here (word) and send the completed application to the attention of: Student Cohort to be received by March 31, 2018, via fax to 601.948.5952 or scan and send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via postal mail to 320-C Briarwood Dr., Jackson MS 39206.
“The student cohort has been a fantastic introduction to the community that we have in the United Methodist Church. I have made friends that have the same passion for Christ as I do, and that is a priceless possession.” -Daniel Youngblood, Meadville UMC, High School Senior
This student cohort was developed collaboratively by the Mississippi United Methodist Conference and Ministry Architects to equip young leaders from different church sizes, cultures and locations to grow and serve their various communities as lifelong disciples comfortable with questions and doubts. Students will meet via conference calls, one on one coaching time and with their pastor regularly to enhance their spiritual walks while implementing a shared initiative together.
Students learn how to discern their own God-given spiritual gifts, pay attention to needs the needs of their own church and school community, and create an intentional plan to serve those around them. Helping the students learn how to be leaders on the local level, while leaning into what they are passionate about, supporting other members of “the cohort” and building community across the conference, are the main goals of this new and exciting program. The students have done everything from leading a Jr. High guys’ bible study, hosted a prom for sr. citizens, and started an after-school program for children, to leading a fundraiser for the church’s Costa Rica mission trip.
We encourage students to complete <the> application for the next round of the Student Cohort. <new application will available soon> Deadline March 31, 2018. Our first overnight retreat together will be in August 2018.
From another cohort participant, Sarah Jane Bishop, Long Beach UMC, High School Senior, “I want to say a big thank you to the cohort leaders and students on it! I learned so much at our retreat and could not have done it without y’all. Please keep my project in your thoughts and prayers. I am so blessed to have this opportunity to share with the youth in my community and I am so excited to see the things we will achieve.”
With heavy hearts, we extend our sympathy and love to the family of Rev. Lynette Little. We give thanks to God for her witness, love, life, and laughter as we hold closely in prayer her beloved husband Rev. Jon Altman (Harrisville UMC) and their children, Luke and Sarah.
A Celebration of Resurrection and Life for Rev. Lynette Little (Rexford UMC) will be held on Monday, December 18 at 2 p.m. at Marvin United Methodist Church, 211 North Church Street, Florence, Mississippi. Visitation will begin at noon at Marvin, where Lynette served from 2007-2011.
Clergy are asked to wear black robes with white stoles.
Dear Colleagues in Ministry,
I greet you on behalf of the District Finance and District Superintendency Committee. As we approach the Christmas season, it is the tradition of the district to appeal to the district clergy and churches to provide a gift for our District Secretary and District Superintendent. We will collect this money throughout November and December and present them with their gifts closer to Christmas.
My past experiences with these types of offerings have occasionally left me frustrated when those gifts have been immediately gifted to another district or conference project by the superintendents. While I appreciate the sentiment of the wonderful superintendents and secretaries and their dedication to the kingdom work of the church, I want them to receive the blessings of our gifts to them. If we give it intentionally as a gift for them, that is what it should be. Should you make a donation, be assured that the money will be used by Cheryl and Jim for their families’ enjoyment. Your gift goes to them, so be generous.
Once again, thank you for your continued support. We serve in a wonderful district with the best staff in Mississippi. Let us show them our appreciation this Christmas season.
All gifts will be received by our District Superintendency Chair, Richy Bibb, at Tunica United Methodist Church. You can send your checks made payable to Tunica UMC with “District Christmas Gifts” in the memo. Please mail checks to:
c/o RICHY BIBB
Tunica, MS 38676
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Senatobia District Finance Chair
Please be in prayer for Wanda Bursi, wife of Chuck Bursi (Love UMC/Wesley Meadows), and her family in the death of her brother, Frank Allen Ford.
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