The Circuit Rider New Year, New Distribution


The Circuit Rider New Year, New Distribution 

By Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, Director of Communications and Connectional Ministries


With each new year comes a time of reflection and intentionality. The communications staff wants to be faithful stewards of your time and resources. In a culture of information overload, we want to live differently in the Mississippi United Methodist Church. How do we get information to you but not overwhelm you with information? We have made a decision to change the rhythm of the present distribution of the Mississippi Annual Conference electronic newsletter, The Circuit Rider. The Circuit Rider will be delivered to email subscribers every other week beginning Wednesday, January 8, 2014


The move from a weekly distribution will allow more time for the communications team to work closer with the districts in their efforts to provide communications resources to the local church. This bi-weekly distribution is an intentional response on our part to honor your time and give you the inspiration and information needed to live into our core values of love, generosity, justice and apprenticeship. The POWER of We takes us into 2014 with new rhythms because of reflection and intentionality. 


The deadline for submissions to The Circuit Rider will remain at noon on the Monday before the publication goes out on Wednesday. The next deadline is Monday, January 6. Submit your news  


Tips for Circuit Rider Submission


If you are submitting a story,

  • Keep the word count to a maximum of 500 words.
  • Include the name of the person who wrote the story for the byline.
  • Remember to email at least 2 pictures relative to your story, along with a short description of each photo.
  • Be sure to double check spelling, especially names of people, churches and facts, such as dates and phone numbers.

If you are submitting an announcement about an event, be sure to answer the questions below.

  • Who is having the event?
  • What is the purpose of the event?
  • When is the date and time of the event?
  • Where will it take place?
  • How can people get more information about your event? 

If you have media such as links to videos or websites to support your story or event, feel free to share them, but make sure the links work.


Photographs and other images must be submitted as high resolution files (300 dpi) and should NOT be embedded into word documents.  Acceptable formats include: jpeg, png, eps, tiff and pdf.


Submissions must be received by noon on the Monday before distribution on Wednesday. All content will be reviewed, edited and published at the discretion of the Mississippi Conference Communications staff.  Job announcements and save the date happenings will typically run two weeks.  


For all submissions please provide a contact name and number for questions about your submission.  


If you would like to receive The Circuit Rider via email, go to the Mississippi Conference website, www.mississippi-umc.organd sign up for it.  The website will also link you to the conferencefacebook and twitter pages, plus tell you how to download theMississippi Conference mobile app. Those with cell phone text messaging capabilities can text the letters UMC to the number 601-721-4468 to get updates from the conference as well.   


Thank you for living into the POWER of We!