By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist
Having been present for these meetings in the past, Shelton also explains what the time has meant for her. "Every time I gather with my clergy sisters and brothers, my faith is strengthened. When we gather in a room, sing, pray and reflect, the time together becomes a means of grace for the journey. We belong to one another. We weep together. We celebrate together."
|Dr. Jason Vickers|
"I am sure that every local congregation desires that their pastor be exposed to learning opportunities that would aid them in becoming the best pastors that they can become. The laity should desire to see growth in their pastors because as the pastor experiences growth, the people should grow," said Swanson.
The Mississippi Conference office of ministerial services, led by director, Jimmy Carr, is urging clergy to participate stating that the convocation "will add significant training experience for clergy." Those who attend the event will earn one continuing education credit (CEU). "Whenever our clergy improve themselves through continuing education, the local church is supported and improved. Lay members of the churches should encourage their clergy to attend events like the Bishop's Convocation," said Carr.
To date, over 130 of the 801 Mississippi clergy signed-up for the convocation that will take place at Crossgates United Methodist Church, in Brandon, Mississippi. It is sponsored by the office of thebishop and the office of communications and connectional ministries of the Mississippi Annual Conference UMC, coordinated by the Center for Ministry.
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