Christian ministry will take many forms in 2006, but one factor will continue to shadow the Mississippi Conference during the next year — Hurricane Katrina.
Five focus areas were introduced to the conference during 2005, and many ministries have been geared toward emphasizing those areas: health and wellness; missions, congregational development, small membership churches and racial reconciliation. However, helping the
“One of the top concerns in 2006 will be the continued long- term displacement of evacuees across
“Health and wellness and racial reconciliation are starting the year with good direction and well-defined purposes,”
The conference Commission on Religion and Race plans to hold its first Journey Toward the Light: Conversations on Race event on Jan. 7. A special service of remem
Religion and Race chair Twick Morrison of
“I sincerely believe that Journey Toward the Light: Conversations On Race will reach beyond the sphere of conference leaders to the hearts of concerned persons in local churches,” she said. The Rev.
Training of volunteers to serve as the annual conference Health and Wellness Resource Network Group.
Creation of at least one new model of health and wellness for each district.
Creation of a committee to assist with the development and implementation of a strategy to improve the health of both the laity and clergy.
The Rev. Lindsey Robinson of the Connectional Ministries staff is working with small membership churches. He foresees:
An intentional strategy for hearing about and cele
The small membership church initiative building a collaborative network to maximize the sharing of resources.
More specialized training opportunities for clergy and laity to learn about the unique dynamics of small membership congregations.
Getting a picture of conference finances for 2006 is hard to do, says
Last year the conference paid 87.06 percent of its budget.
Other actions anticipated for 2006:
Hiring a conference youth ministry staff person. The process was halted by Katrina. The goal is to have a person in place during the first quarter of 2006.
The Hispanic ministries emphasis has been redirected toward the
In the first quarter, Children’s Coordinator Becky Trask will be teaming with Ward in the resumption of district rallies around Congregations for Children. The ministry is a collaborative effort with the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and the Catholic Diocese of Jackson to focus on political, social and ethical issues surrounding the well-being of the children in