Bishop Lewis Cordially Invites You...


By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist Bishop Sharma D. Lewis has extended several invitations for the Mississippi Conference to partake in opportunities ranging from meet and greets to unity in spiritual disciplines. In her less than one month tenure as resident bishop, Lewis has welcomed the conference to attend a service of worship ...

Scholarships for UM Students


The mission of The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is that to make it be economically possible for any qualified student to be educated at a United Methodist-related institution of higher education. More than $2 million is awarded each year for qualifying students. Click here for more information on scholarships, eligibility and ...

The Circuit Rider: January 2023


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2023   In this issue of The Circuit Rider - Read about Bishop Lewis' upcoming and standing invitations to the Mississippi Conference, "What Works"- a series featuring successful missional strategies for your local church and scholarships offered by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.   Also, mark ...

Is The UMC Really...?


At Ask The UMC, we have been answering an increasing number of questions from congregations wondering about the future of The United Methodist Church and whether they should consider disaffiliating from it. Among these have been some recurrent questions that reflect misperceptions or misinformation that some congregations are receiving as they are...

The Dickson Order Honors Impactful Clergy


By: Jennifer Allen, Communications Specialist Many of us have had the benefit of having a benefactor who has had a positive influence on us. If they are clergy or laity, their leadership has left a lasting impression on us for the duration of our faith journey. In the story below, we learn how one man's devout servitude and love for all led to the...

What Works: Beds for Kids Provides Rest for Children


By: Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant Volunteers construct beds in the Tupelo First UMC Warehouse. Photo courtesey Tupelo First UMC Facebook page What Works is a series featuring ministries across the conference that are vital, thriving and serving their communities. Mission and ministry featured in ...

2023 Gathering Q&A with Mike Howington


The Gathering 2023 will be an Out of This World experience for youth and youth leaders. This year’s event takes place February 24-26 at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson. Mississippi Conference youth and family ministry coordinator, Mike Howington, left, and Big Al, right. Below are questions and answers from Mississippi Conference...

Chat and Chew with Bishop Lewis


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2023 Dear Mississippi Annual Conference Clergy and Laity,  I'd like to invite you to a time of conversation, worship and a fellowship meal at one of the “Chat and Chews with Bishop Lewis" in your district. I look forward to seeing and meeting you, as well as sharing some things about myself as we fellowship. In ...

Disaffiliation Update Jan. 11


Dear Mississippi Annual Conference, I've been your resident bishop for approximately one week and I’m excited to be here with you all. I want to thank the cabinet, the conference staff, the clergy and laity for welcoming me to the Magnolia State. In the climate of Methodism, I know that our concerns rest with our faith communities, clergy and ...

Clergy Instructions for Celebration Service


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2023 Greetings Mississippi Conference clergy, You should have already received the invitation to the Celebration of Assignment service honoring Mississippi's new episcopal leader Bishop Sharma D. Lewis. The service takes place Sunday, January 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Anderson United Methodist Church in Jackson. Clergy ...

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