TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Christian Methodist Episcopal church is holding its Mississippi conference at the BancorpSouth Arena and Conference Center.
The group of about 1,500 is made up of CME church members and leaders from all corners of the state.
The conference is a time of worship for this group but leaders and members are also addressing a number of issues facing their church and others including declining membership and the best ways to share their message.
Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays, host pastor, said, "We are trying our level best to make sure all our pastors are trained and educated. We also want them to have a transformational mind to know there's transformation taking place in people as well as in the church."
Participants say it's a week that motivates them to go back to their communities and share what they believe.
Randall Mickell from Bassfield said, "Just like when you're at football games laughing and hollering, get to church and don't be ashamed what the Lord's done for you. Just be happy and grateful."
Part of this conference is what's called leadership school. It's for both adults and young people.
The school is a chance especially for children to learn about the inner workings of the church as well as have some fun with different activities.
Mays said, "We combine it so our children and our youth will know the ins and outs of an annual conference. It's to train them to know what to expect during what we consider the conference of the year."
Pastoral assignments will also be revealed later in the week as church leaders look to grow their membership here and around the state.