On-line registration ready for ‘Trans4mation’ event


By the Advocate

On-line registration began March 15 for Trans4mation, the workshops connected to the 2009 session of the Mississippi Annual Conference.

“Changing the World by Changing YOUR World” will feature guest speakers, workshops, worship, networking and best-practices testimonies.

The event is scheduled for June 11 at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson. Speakers include Rudy Rasmus, Chris Lahr, Steve Sjogren and others. Workshop leaders include general church, board agency leaders and Mississippi laity and clergy.

To register call the conference office at 601-354-0515 ext. 28 or 866-647-7486.

Rasmus (left), a local pastor, is co-pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church with his wife Juanita in downtown Houston, Texas. He began his ministry with nine existing members in 1992. St. John's has grown to more than 9,000 members. Some 3,000 of these are either currently or formerly homeless. He is also the co-founder of St. John's Academy and Bread of Life, providing a wide range of services to disadvantaged community members.

Sjogren (right) launched the Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati in 1985 with 37 people. Under his leadership, the congregation grew to more than 6,000 in average attendance. From the onset VCC had a strong emphasis on servant evangelism, small groups, church planting and caring for the needy. Following a medical accident in 1997 and during his recovery, Sjogren became the launching pastor. Through the years the church planting internship program and Sjogren’s coaching efforts have produced several dozen successful church plants. Sjogren is currently focused on writing, speaking and mentoring church planters. Sjogren’s passion for evangelism, church planting and leadership development is reflected in his writing.

Lahr (below) works as a recruiter and academic director for Mission Year, which is a program that provides people ages 18 and older the opportunity to live in intentional community and serve in an urban center. Lahrs graduated from Eastern University and Asbury Theological Seminary. Lahr and his family have lived in Philadelphia since 2000. Lahr speaks on topics ranging from God’s heart for the poor, Jesus, the kingdom of God, community, hospitality, racism and white identity and embracing the “least of these.”

In addition, conference leadership awards will be given that night at the Trans4mation banquet.

Meal plan
Groups planning special meals during Annual Conference may begin making reservations. The Jackson Convention Complex has plenty of room to accommodate groups and events of all sizes. All food is provided by the complex’s catering staff.

Leading the Food and Beverage team for Annual Conference are the Rev. Elbrist Mason of Brandon and conference staff members the Rev. Fitzgerald Lovett and Brenda McGloster.

To schedule a meal:

• Contact the meal planning team by Mason at 666-647-7486 (the conference office) or  601-813-5597 or e-mail masontime321@yahoo.com to receive a meal package and other information.

• Request the date, time and type of meal you desire. Return the information to the Mississippi Conference, Attn: Food and Beverage Team, P. O. 1147, Jackson, MS  39215-1147.

• The Convention Complex’s catering staff will review the meal request, including the number of participants and the cost. The Convention Complex will inform you and the conference team of the set up and cost. The team will help selection menus and room layout if desired. The team requests that June 11 be reserved for seminary lunches and dinners. June 12-14 are open to any group beginning with breakfast (before 8 a.m.) through dinner.

In addition, any group seeking a private celebration or event may also reserve space by following the same procedure.