Conference receives Igniting Ministry matching grant


Messages of encouragement and welcome from The United Methodist Church will appear in movie theaters around Mississippi this spring, thanks to a matching grant from Igniting Ministry.

Igniting Ministry is The United Methodist Church’s welcoming and hospitality campaign.

The Mississippi Conference has received a grant to place “Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” ads in theaters for 12 weeks. The ads will coincide with national Igniting Ministry cable television advertising during Lent.

Theaters where ads will run:

• Malco 8, Columbus

• Regal Parkway Place 10, Flowood

• Cinemark 16, Gulfport

• The Grand 18, Hattiesburg

• Regal Bonita Lakes 9, Meridian

• Regal Northpark 14, Ridgeland

• Malco DeSoto Cinema 16, Southaven

Tupelo Commons 10, Tupelo

“The matching grant will help us share a word of encouragement and welcome with thousands of people,” said Gwen Green, conference communications director. “I hope many local churches will incorporate ‘open hearts, open minds, open doors’ into their own Lent and Easter messages to reinforce the TV and movie ads. Igniting Ministry provides many excellent free or inexpensive resources churches can use.”

Visit to preview, download or order resources, or contact Green at 601-354-0515 or