The 2018 Mississippi Conference Disaster Academy will take place March 23 – 24 at Brandon First United Methodist Church located at 205 Mary Ann Drive in Brandon. This two-day conference aims to build enthusiasm about our ability to spread the Gospel through local ownership and engagement in disaster as we participate together with God in the restoration of life and community.
Those who attend will gain an understanding of disaster response in all stages (beyond simply ERT). The academy is also geared towards teaching participants how to build community, relationships and networks across the conference–especially within districts. Local church congregants will discover specific ways their faith communities can get involved (i.e. Connecting Neighbors, ERT, etc.) and aid volunteers find and name their area of interest in serving.
The deadline to register for the academy is March 22. Download the brochure here. Those who attend the entire academy can receive one CEU. Those who attend one day will receive half of a CEU. For more information, contact Mellie Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662.736.6362.
Basic Lay Servant Class to be Offered at the Senatobia District Office on
March 3, 2018
Email email@example.com to register
Cost is $35.00 and that includes lunch and your book. There will be a pre-course and a post-course assignment.
Billie Wilhite and I are so excited to announce that The Annual Senatobia District Lay Servant School (sponsored by the Desoto Cluster) will be very different in 2018. Mark the dates now: February 17, 2018, with an inclement weather date of February 24, 2018.
Methodist Hospital and the Congregation Health Navigators will staff the advanced class offering this year. Because of their generosity, this school will be free!!!!!!!!!…..a donation will be appreciated to cover the lunch costs.
In the months ahead, we will be publicizing much more detailed information about the teachers and the course material. Watch your emails….
Those who complete the pre-course assignment, post-course assignment and attend the one day class, will receive their certification or re-certification as an Advanced Lay Servant.
Please note that even if you are not interested in the lay servant certification, and you just want to learn about serving in your church, please make plans to attend on February 17th!
There will NOT be a basic class at this school in February. I will be offering a basic class at the District Office on March 3, 2018, for those who want/need to take this course.
We are very thankful to Methodist Hospital for facilitating this school for us this year. We hope that many will take advantage of this opportunity.
Sometimes the best training isn’t the conference we attend or the book we read. It’s sitting across the table from other student ministry leaders, asking questions, sharing ideas and talking about life. The Student Ministry Initiative (SMI) Cohort is a yearlong coaching program for life and ministry. We do it all: ministry coaching, personal sharing and cultural examination for the church and your role in it.
There are three cohort opportunities available for 2018:
- Youth Ministry Cohort– five two-day face to face meetings (in Jackson) specifically designed for youth ministers
- Children’s Ministry Cohort- five two-day face to face meetings (in Jackson) specifically designed for children’s ministers and the unique challenges associated with their jobs
- Online Cohort-10 online meetings lasting around 90 minutes detailing “nuts and bolts” ministry, along with a kickoff overnight retreat and a closing overnight retreat. This is designed for children and youth ministry leaders.
Each cohort opportunity includes times of personal sharing to run through projects, personal challenges, even frustrations you may encounter in your ministry journey. By far, the best ministry training you’ll receive.
Cost: $300 plus your own lodging. Contact Mike Howington, Mississippi Conference Youth and Families Coordinator at 601.354.0515 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration materials and information.
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Cohort leader, Russ Polsgrove has been in student ministry for 17 years and is an advocate for calling teenagers into adulthood, shedding the myth that teenagers are “just kids.” Polsgrove was previously the long-term youth director at Hernando United Methodist Church. He is currently the lead pastor of Origins in Tupelo where he lives with his wife and three children.
I just wanted to quickly send out a reminder about the upcoming Conference, “Faith and Health: Making the Connection.” It happens in Memphis on Thursday, Nov 2 at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. A detailed flyer with registration form is attached, and also, to see more and to register, you can follow this link:
Many of you have heard from me about this previously. The registration deadline is quickly approaching, and I want to make sure that all of our United Methodist Clergy and Congregational Leaders are aware of the event. Please spread the word as you are able.
Thanks again for all of your help. I hope to see you at the Conference!
Rev. Jonathan C. Lewis, MDiv, BCC
Chaplain, Faith and Health Division
1211 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
direct (901) 516-0990
Faith and Health Conference 2017
Click for Registration Form
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HIV & STI Uncovered
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