2020 AC Session District Satellite Guidance


Thank you for hosting your district’s members of the 2020 Session of The Mississippi Annual Conference Monday, July 27, 2020. The purpose of the attached document is to outline all the logistical plans and considerations for which you need to be aware. We will hold a Zoom call Thursday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m. to address any clarifying questions that ...

Daily Prayer Focus in Resuming In-person Worship


In light of the recent surge in new cases of COVID-19, Bishop Swanson is encouraging and urging congregations and pastors to prayerfully discern whether or not it is in the best interest of the congregation to have in-person worship. If you choose to have in-person worship, Bishop Swanson is requesting that you follow the guidelines released ...

COVID-19 Safety Scale and Questionnaire


Dr. Stephen Shirley, medical director for multiple nursing homes in Mississippi, in consultation with his church leadership, has devised the following helpful suggestions for returning to in-person worship for his church. It is being offered simply as a resource.   COVID-19 self-evaluation safety process to determine whether an individual is safe ...

Miss. Conference Advocacy Team Holds Inaugural Gathering


“Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.” – Will Smith   Stemming from the roots of America’s original sin of racism, Black people have been killed by police at an alarming, almost daily rate in present times, just as it has been since the beginning of slavery in the United States. However, the recent law enforcement-caused deaths of ...

UMVIM Jurisdictional Offices Partner to Create a Joint Website


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2020 The five jurisdictional United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) offices are entering a new phase of collaboration with a new website. The website address,, will include resources from all five jurisdictions in one place. Some of those resources will be consistent across the jurisdictions and ...

Introducing: The People Portal


Greetings clergy members, Today we are officially launching the "People Portal" for all clergy in the Mississippi Conference. This online dashboard will provide you with 'one-stop' access to the majority of your online work related to your district and the conference offices. To view a four-minute video overview click here.  To access your portal ...

2020 Annual Conference Session Updates and Deadlines


Attention Clergy and Lay Members of the Miss. Annual Conference:  2020 AC Session Updates As you prepare to attend annual conference session--in-person or remotely--carefully read these essential updated details related to logistics and agenda information far in advance of attending annual conference. Pre-registration by all members is required no...

2020 AC Session Updates


In previous years, we would be basking in the blessings of hearing the mission and ministries of the Mississippi Annual Conference and in the joy of seeing friends and colleagues at meals and in hallways. However, this is a different season. We have a new vocabulary that includes social distancing, staying in place, masks required, etc. All of this...

2020 Annual Conference Session Deadlines


Meeting in special called session, the Mississippi Annual Conference Extended Cabinet, acting ad interim on behalf of the Mississippi Annual Conference, passed the following change in deadlines for the postponed 2020 Session of the Mississippi Conference which will be live-streamed from Christ United Methodist Church on Monday, July 27: The 2020 ...

Digital Discipleship: Online Engagement Strategies


In our ongoing efforts to provide congregations with well-vetted resources to help you develop sustainable digital ministry, today's Digital Discipleship feature is... Online Engagement Strategies A key component in any organization's vitality--including churches--is its ability to be flexible and attentive to the "signs of the times" in order to ...

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