2020 Charge Conference Forms


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 1, 2020 Greetings Pastor, The office of connectional ministries and communications is excited to share with you information about this year's charge conference season. While the reporting requirements associated with charge conference can seem daunting, we have built upon the collective work of you, your church staff ...

Pandemic Task Force Assembles, Prioritizes Objectives


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 29, 2020   The Mississippi Conference Pandemic Task Force gathered this week for the first time. With a plethora of backgrounds ranging from healthcare to education, this task force began plotting a course to develop short and long-term plans to encourage the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of faith ...

Read This Year's Circuit Rider Souvenir Journal


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2020 This issue of The Circuit Rider Souvenir Journal highlights the hope we have as believers—even in the midst of havoc—and celebrates our connectional ministry as the body of Christ. View it on issuu or download the PDF and share. Get updates and news on ways to enhance your ministry and "like" The Mississippi ...

AC Laity Session Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 21, 2020 Greetings,   Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m., you will have the opportunity to practice connecting to a Zoom Webinar if this technology is new to you. Simply click on the following link at this time to test your device:   During this 30-minute session, you can test your device ...

2020 Annual Conference Session Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2020 Greetings Mississippi Conference, We are grateful for your patience as we constantly adapt to the ever-changing data concerning the impact of the coronavirus. We are in extraordinary times in the midst of this pandemic, and we want to operate out of an abundance of caution for all the lives who would be at risk...

2020 Ad Interim AC Session Proposed Action Items


Disposition of Resolutions #3, #4, #5 and #6 to be formatted as needed to be forward by the secretary of the annual conference, in communication with the authors, to the postponed 2020 Session of the General Conference as directed in Emergency Rule 28. (Pre-conference Journal 124-129, 143) Petition #3 On Human Sexuality (Subtitled: Petition ...

COVID-19 and In-person Gatherings


Greetings my brothers and sisters in Christ, As many of you are aware, top state health officials have expressed concerns about the critical impact that COVID-19 is having in Mississippi. Thursday morning, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer declared that hospitals are running out of beds at an alarming rate and health care facilities are ...

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 ...

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