Thank You from The Pandemic Task Team


As we begin this 10th month of 2020, it’s hard not to reflect solely on the hardships that we have all had to face not only as a nation, but also as the human race. It’s important that we also reflect on how these challenges have brought us together and reminded us how much we need one another. Despite all the information—and unfortunately, some ...

Upcoming Virtual Gathering and MinistrySafe


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 29, 2020 Dear clergy and laity friends, Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you are invited to join Bishop Swanson and other conference leadership as we take some time to reflect upon our call to serve and shelter those who are most precious to us.  Please click the link below to join the webinar: ht...

#EndRacismForGood: Conversation Creating Community


#EndRacismForGood is a movement of Mississippi United Methodists who are learning, celebrating and acting until every heart, church and community is transformed from the sin of racism.     We are excited to announce that 60 lay and clergy are getting trained in October to lead healing circles in every district! We hope you will consider being one ...

Sept. 25 Pandemic Task Team Update


Brothers and sisters in Christ, We the pandemic task team are so inspired by your commitment to do no harm whether that be via creating and implementing CDC and state health department guidelines and our recommendations with in-person worship, or by not worshiping in-person to protect yourselves and those you love. Your actions reveal your ...

MinistrySafe Implementation for Pastors


Note: The below message was sent out in March to a list of recipients compiled prior to clergy moving day 2020. Due to some technical challenges, we have reason to believe that this communique did not reach all intended recipients. We apologize for any confusion but if you have moved since March 2020, when you log into your church’s MinistrySafe ...

Sept. 17 Pandemic Task Team Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 17, 2020 Brothers and sisters in Christ,   In our continued commitment to offer recommendations and resources, the pandemic task team would like to offer an update focused solely on children and youth ministry. Rev. Trey Skaggs, pastor at First United Methodist Church in Indianola, moderates a discussion addressing the ...

Apply for 2020 Mission Grants


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 16, 2020 Need to strengthen or start a ministry for which you have a vision but limited resources? Consider applying for a mission grant for your church. Apply now for the 2020 Connectional Ministries Mission Grants. These matching grants are available to United Methodist churches. Grants typically range from $250 to ...

Sept. 9 Pandemic Task Team Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 9, 2020 Brothers and sisters in Christ, Last week we asked for your feedback on the guidance we have offered related to practices to decrease coronavirus exposure within your congregations and we want to thank you for responding! Thank you for sharing your successes and challenges. Thank you for bringing forth concerns ...

CORRECTION: 2021 Mission Shares Report


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 2, 2020 It has come to our attention that another computer glitch has happened with the printing of your 2021 mission shares. The white report and letter you received recently erroneously reflects your 2020 mission shares, instead of an accurate report of your congregation’s 2021 mission shares.     We are processing ...

Aug. 27 Pandemic Task Team Update


Brothers and sisters in Christ, We thank God for your faithful commitment to do no harm—whether you’re gathering at a distance, or as you take precautions gathering in person, as well as in the many ways you serve and minister to the needs of your surrounding communities during this pandemic. Know that we continue to pray for our faith communities...

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