SMI Conference

The SMI movement was developed to equip children, youth and family ministries to embrace a long-lasting impactful plan for ministry in their local church. The foundation of our Four Building Blocks (vision, relationship, spiritual truth and systems) have become the cornerstones of who we are. With this foundation in mind we are pleased to form a new ministry partnership with Ministry Architects.

We are thrilled to have Mark Devries along with the rest of his ministry team leading us at the 2016 SMI Conference. Mark Devries is founder and president of Ministry Architects (2002) and has coached a wide variety of ministry volunteers and professionals across the United States and the world. Mark is the author of several books, including Family-Based Youth Ministry and Sustainable Youth Ministry and the co-author of The Most Important Year of a Man’s/Woman’s Life, The Indispensable Youth Pastor and Before You Hire a Youth Pastor. Mark is a sought-after speaker and has taught at a wide assortment of colleges and seminaries.

September 30-October 1, 2016

Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church

305 North Congress St., Jackson MS


Registration: $60 (If registered and paid by September 19, 2016)

Late Reg: $70 (after September 19, 2016)

To ensure that you attend the workshops that best fit the needs of your ministry and plan accordingly, make sure you review the list of workshops here and the schedule here, before registering for the SMI Conference.  

Click here to register.

Partial scholarships (limited availability)

Here is a list of hotel rates for the 2016 SMI Conference. 

Contact Cat Foster: or 601.354.0515.

For more information contact Mike Howington, youth and family coordinator, Mississippi Annual Conference at or 601.354.0515.  

Recap of 2015 Student Ministry Initiative (SMI) Conference

Featured speaker, Dr. Kara Powell set the tone for the conference by focusing on creating a faith that sticks with youth until adulthood. Youth and family ministries coordinator, Mike Howington gives a brief synopsis of conference happenings and what's to come with SMI.