Large Turnout for Lay Leadership Conference


 Mississippi Conference Communications 

Amazing things did happen as predicted by organizers of the

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The Lay Leadership Conference drew 300 people to Christ UMC. 

Leading with REAL POWER Lay Leadership Conference that was held on Saturday, September, 14 at Christ UMC in Jackson.  More than 300 lay people attended the day of learning which involved discussion on what happens when you lead with the Holy Spirit in relevant, enthusiastic, authentic and loving ways. Some of the participants were present for the presentation on the new requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that may directly affect the local church and its employees.


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Christie Latona 

The conference keynote speaker, Christie Latona, a church leadership and development expert, helped the audience with discovering things about themselves and the Holy Spirit that will make their ministry in the world more power-filled.    

The day's agenda called for rotating breakout sessions that included teachings from the Mississippi Conference lay leader, Timothy Crisler.  He talked about sharing power with the next generation of United Methodists. Christ UMC's Frank Haynes led discussions around apprenticing, disciplining and leadership, while Martha Scarborough, the executive director of the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation spoke on stewardship.  Towards the end of the gathering Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. commended the laity for  coming out and offered them encouraging words in their journey of service. 

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The Meridian District received an award.  
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The Starkville District received an award.

One highlight of this event was the unexpected presentation of awards given by the  Mississippi Conferencelay leader. Flame awards went to the Starkville District for having the most participants with approximately 40 people attending and the Meridian District for having their entire district board of laity present.



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