Registration has begun for annual Strengthening Black Church event


Issues ranging from giving to merging churches will be discussed at the annual Strengthening the Black Church workshop.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 4 at Rust College in Holly Springs. The theme for this year’s event is “Church Transformation: It’s Time for a Change.”

Training sessions and their leaders include:

• Training Session I — Missions & Outreach: The Need to Give, Jorge Navarrete; Africa University Dorm, the Rev. Lloyd Rollins and the Rev. Bobby Dailey.

• Training Session II — Benefits of Church Mergers: Marks Trinity United Methodist Church will discuss how three churches united to work for the kingdom of God.

• Training Session III — Church of Tomorrow: African American New Church Start, the Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson; Mississippi Conference Structure, the Rev. Steve Casteel; Direct Bill, Delmar Robinson.

Worship will be led by Mississippi Conference Lay Leader Tim Crisler.

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century helps predominantly black United Methodist congregations become effective in ministry and mission. SBC-21 offers The United Methodist Church the gift of a transformational learning model that enables vibrant, growing congregations to share their knowledge with partner congregations that are in search of new ideas and revitalization.

The workshop is sponsored by the Mississippi office of Strengthening the Black Church.

The cost for the first five members from one church to register is $10 each. Registration deadline is Sept. 26. The cost after Sept. 26 is $15 per person. Those interested are urged to pre-register.

For information, call the Rev. Fitzgerald Lovett at 601-354-0515 ext. 29 or 866-647-7486 or e-mail