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Four Pitfalls that Make People Ignore You

7/24/2017

Photo credit: Mega Pixel By Jeremy Steele Creating excellent content pieces to help attract your community is essential, but all that work can be for naught if your audience never reads it.   It is easy to pick up bad habits that cause all but the most devoted members to stop reading your content. What should you avoid? Here are four of the most ...


How Do We Love our Enemies?

7/18/2017

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications Ask the UMC: How do we love our enemies? Many Christians struggle with this question. As followers of Christ, we are called to love our enemies. We are to care for, pray for, provide for and hope the best for everyone, and not wish ill upon anyone, including our enemies.  In the Sermon on ...


Teen Leads Revival for Racial Reconciliation

7/17/2017

Photo by Amanda Jefcoat. From left, Lauren Sledge, Ethan Oltremari and Bishop James Swanson Sr. stand together after Oltremari received the Mississippi Conference’s Harry Denman Evangelism Award for youth. Sledge nominated Oltremari for the award for his founding of Revival on the River and his work with youth. By Heather Hahn June 29, 2017 | ...


Women are Majority in General Agency Workforce

7/14/2017

From the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women   by Rev. Leigh Goodrich     In spring, 2017, a General Desk Audit was requested by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.  The results showed some promising advances for women as compared with a similar audit performed in 2007.  Before we review the trends, there are ...


Making Discipleship a ‘Contact Sport’

7/13/2017

Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS. Bishop James Swanson Sr., president of United Methodist Men, preaches on God's call to discipleship. By Heather Hahn, United Methodist News Service To follow Christ, get off the sidelines and onto the field. United Methodist Men heard variations of this message throughout the group’s 12th National Gathering, which ...


Youth Enjoy Beach and Celebrate Beginnings at Beach Camp

7/12/2017

By Jasmine Haynes, Web and Social Media Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: Rev. Josh Swanson (back, light blue shirt) with Beach Campers. Photo courtesy of @leprechaun.on_a.mission on Instagram. Photo below right: Conference youth and families coordinator, Mike Howington (left, black shirt and cap) helps illusionist, Todd Smith ...


Post-retirement Health Legislation to be Discussed at Upcoming District Listening Sessions

7/12/2017

During the 2017 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference, it was announced that the board of medical benefits will be conducting listening sessions for important legislation coming to the 2018 annual conference session. The subject will be the study of the post-retirement health benefit available to clergy and lay employees who participate in ...


Higher Education and Ministry Announces 2017 YCI Grant Recipients

7/11/2017

From Higher Education and Ministry (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) as part of their strategy to enable and resource leadership within the church has selected the 2017 Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) grant recipients. This year, applications were received from every United ...


UMCOR Helps in Recovery from Boko Haram Attacks

7/10/2017

By Bella DiFilippo* Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group that has been infiltrating the northeastern states of Nigeria since the 1990s, first drew global outrage and Western media attention after the group kidnapped approximately 276 teenage girls in 2014. Today, Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc in Nigeria by causing a severe food shortage due...


New UMC Handbook Now Available

7/7/2017

From United Methodist Communications The new United Methodist Church Handbook for this quadrennium is available, providing a detailed overview of the denomination’s beliefs, mission, structure and history. The handbook is a free, go-to resource for anyone in search of information about The United Methodist Church and is helpful for leaders and new ...


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