Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and Administrative Assistant the Rev. Embra K. Jackson served as two of the keynote speakers and worship leader of the South Central Jurisdiction Bishop’s Week.
The event was held June 24-27 at the Mount Sequoyah Conference and Retreat Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The conference’s theme was “Connecting Health and Faith: Our Call to Action.”
Bishops, district superintendents, laity and clergy from throughout the South Central Jurisdiction attended the conference. The conference’s focus areas were:
• Equipping congregational and conference leaders to guide local church participation in health and wellness ministries
• Addressing key public health policy issues and reviewing the church’s role in education and advocacy related to these issues
• Examining models of congregational health ministries
• Encouraging local congregational leaders to develop partnerships with local health providers to reach underserved populations
• Promoting awareness of global helth issues and solutions supporting the General Conference’s Global Health Initiatives
Ward was the conference’s worship leader. She led four worship services. Ward’s messages centered on the conference’s theme. Ward also led an anointing service.
Jackson led the conference’s district superintendents’ seminar. He also led a workshop titled “Strategies for an Effective Annual Conference Health Ministry.” In addition, Jackson participated as one of the conference’s national health advocacy panelist.
“The conference not only gave Bishop Ward and me an opportunity to meet church leaders from throughout the South Central Jurisdiction who are actively engaged in health and wellness ministries, it also allowed us to share the Mississippi Annual Conference’s accomplishments related to health, including the Amazing Pace ministry,” Jackson said.