Our Mission: Developing Christian Leaders through Lifelong LearningThe Center for Ministry prepares persons of faith to lead, sustains them across a lifetime of service, and invites them toward excellence in living out God’s call. Spiritual formation shapes the Center’s work in continuing education and leadership development for laity and clergy of many denominations. Created by the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and Millsaps College, the Center is located on the Millsaps campus in Jackson, Mississippi.
Current Spiritual Directors are invited to step away from all that cries out for your attention for a day of quiet and prayer in Oxford, MS.
The Center for Ministry is now receiving applications for the new class of Journey Partners, a training program in the art of Spiritual Direction. This is a two year program of three retreats a year that is grounded in the classical Christian tradition of spirituality. We are completing ten years of this ministry and over these years we have had more than 100 participants complete the program. Our participants have been both lay and clergy and have come from various Christian
Spiritual Directors from the Journey Partners' Sustaining Community have responded to form a Steering Committee of Peers.
Eleven colleagues have answered the call to nurture the life and work of our community of spiritual directors. Ed Moses, Diane Braman, Patricia Lewis, Ann Homer Cook, Terry Falco, Dabney Holt, David Carlton, Pamela Carlton, Denise Donnell, Bill Horne and Jennifer Shepherd have already begun planning for the first Journey Partners Reunion Conference to be held February 7 - 8, 2014. Mark your calendars now for this unique time of sharing as peers and watch your email for more news about the
After years of study, much driving back and forth, and devoting several weekends each year to the process, these persons have recently completed the Course of Study for Local Pastors in the United Methodist Church. We heartily commend them for this accomplishment and wish them many more years of fruitful ministry. Congratulations to Laurie Raborn (October 2012) and Willie Gore (January 2013), who did their work here at the MS Extension