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2016 Mississippi Conference

Officiating bishop: Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.

Guest speakers:

Gil Hanke, General Secretary of United Methodist Men, speaker at Mission Service

Linda Holland, Director of Connectional Ministries, North Alabama Conference, speaker at Opening Worship

Bishop Brian Seage, Mississippi Episcopal Diocese, speaker at Service of Ordination

Memorable points or quotes by speakers:

Gil Hanke, General Secretary of United Methodist Men, speaker at Mission Service

“There are people in places right now not far from you that are waiting, that are praying for you to say “yes.”  Saying “yes” to missions is part of being disciples of Jesus Christ… God wants you to personally be involved in missions; it is part of our DNA.”

Linda Holland, Director of Connectional Ministries, North Alabama Conference, speaker at Opening Worship

“Generosity has nothing to do with money and everything to do with our identity in God and Jesus Christ…We must move from an attitude of generosity to a practice of generosity to do the body of Christ any good.”

Bishop Brian Seage, Mississippi Episcopal Diocese, speaker at Service of Ordination:

“Jesus is the reason we have gathered today in equipping and sending others to make His name known is just part of it…In our own walks as Christians, we are called to represent Christ to the world; we are absolutely unarguably called to be his heart, His voice, to be His arms in the world.

Resolutions included one urging state leaders to adopt a new state flag, one that removes emblems many find offensive

Reports received by the conference included one called “Voice Against Extremism.”

The conference also launched an Imagine No Malaria campaign.

13 people were ordained, 10 commissioned and 1 received into associate membership

24 clergy retired

Membership stands at 175,194, down 1,361 from the previous year.

Worship attendance stands at 66,198, down 1,250.

Church school attendance stands at 28,988, down 640.

Professions or reaffirmations of faith: 1,865, down 12.

Adults and young adults in small groups: 40,724, down 850.

Worshippers engaged in mission: 18,872, up  2,639.