Attendance Overflow for Clergy Lay Gathering


Mississippi Conference Communications   
Photo right: A total of 300 people pre-registered for the lay and clergy leadership conference and another 150 were walk-ins, surprising organizers who welcomed the large turnout.
Organizers are still talking about the great turnout for the laity and clergy conference that was held on Saturday, October 20, 2014 at Christ UMC in Jackson. About 450 Mississippi United Methodists gathered for The emPOWERed, Accountable, Collaborative Leadership Conference. Participants were blessed with encouraging presentations by special guest speakers, Dr. Joseph Daniels, Jr. and Christie Latona.  The pair spoke on vital congregations having strong, collaborative lay and clergy leadership empowered by the Holy Spirit. Rev. Dr. Larry Hilliard, director of spiritual leadership for the Mississippi Conference is among those sharing thoughts about the gathering, "The speakers were dynamic, the folks attending were engaged and the Holy Spirit was present," he said.
Dr. Joseph Daniels, Jr. 
and Christie Latona 
Pastors and teams of laity were invited to attend this fast-paced day of inspired learning and application led by the nationally recognized clergy-lay team.  Participants left with practical tools for creating kingdom building momentum back at the local congregation together. At one point during the conference, participants split in groups by their districts where they discussed the lecture. The Mississippi Conference lay leader, Timothy Crisler went from room to room to observe the sessions. "I think a lot of our lay people are energized and have a new focus they are leaving and taking back with that excitement to their church....I know everyone present was truly blessed. This was the POWER of We in action," said Crisler.
The Greenwood District was awarded plaques for having the most clergy and laity in attendance (photo right). Pictures from the conference can be viewed on the Mississippi Conference flickr pageClick here to read about the guest speakers. If you would like a copy of their presentation, click here.