Convocation on Black Church returns to Rust


It’s back.


The Convocation on the Black Church returns this year after being cancelled in 2005 because of Hurricane Katrina. The full-day of workshops and seminars is scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 7 at Rust College in Holly Springs.


Keynote speaker for the event is the Rev. Elijah McGee, a Mississippi native and now the associate director of Connectional Ministries for the Tennessee Conference and pastor of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Nashville.


The theme for this year’s event is “Walking in the Light.” Planned workshops and their leaders include:


Tending Body, Mind, and Spirit – Elaine Dye

Biblical Steps for a Vital Church — Embra Jackson and Rusty Keen

Fellowship, Understanding, and Race: An Invitation to Light Partners — Frank Gipson and Heather Hensarling

Beyond the Walls: Out of the Pews and Into the Highways and Hedges — Ed Moses

Stirring Up the Gifts of Your Small-Membership Congregation — Ron Barham

Youth Ministry: Keeping It Real — Deneace Glover (for youth only).


Registration fee is $15 per person and includes lunch. Pre-pay by sending a check to Black Church Convocation, P.O. Box 1147, Jackson, MS 39215 before Sept. 29. Make checks payable to Mississippi Conference. Include with your check or e-mail to the following information: your name, church name and city, number in your group.


You may register and pay on-site. However, those who pre-pay will have a guaranteed lunch reservation.