CLC to examine ways to connect with unique world of young adults


Coffee shops. Facebook. Text messages. Blogs. Community. Connection. Curiosity. Authenticity. These words describe, in part, the world of young adults.

Where is the church in this mix? A conference for clergy and church leaders in early 2009 invites church leaders to a “holy curiosity” about our relationships with those under 40.

 The Clergy Leadership Conference takes place Jan. 26-28 at Alta Woods United Methodist Church in Jackson. Participating clergy can receive 1.5 CEUs for full participation. The event is open to pastors and church staff members of any denomination. Cokesbury Bookstore will be on site for ease of shopping.

Keynote speaker Carol Howard Merritt is a Presbyterian minister in her mid-thirties, who has served in Louisiana and Rhode Island. Currently, she pastors Western Presbyterian Church, in Washington, D.C. and the home of Miriam’s Kitchen, a feeding program that provides a hot, nutritious breakfast to more than 200 homeless men and women. Merritt is the award-winning author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation.

On Monday evening, Dr. Mark DeYmaz will preach. DeYmaz is the founding pastor and directional leader of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, a multi-ethnic and economically diverse congregation in Little Rock. A recognized leader in the emerging multi-ethnic church movement, his book, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church, provides the Biblical mandate for the multi-ethnic church and outlines seven core commitments required to bring it about. The book was a finalist for a 2008 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award.

For information, contact the Center for Ministry at or 601-974-1488.