As part of the Institute for Ministry Leadership’s commitment to empower pastors, church staff, parachurch organizations and other ministry leaders with information to help them succeed, Belhaven University hosted a Pastor’s Social Media Conference earlier this month.

The event, held in conjunction with the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism, took place at the Dr. Billy Kim International Center on the Belhaven University campus.  This event, the first of its kind, attracted around 100 ministry leaders. Dr. Roger Parrott delivered the keynote address, challenging attendees to utilize social media as a tool to advance the kingdom.

Nine other sessions, with topics ranging from the basics of social media to hands-on demonstrations of Facebook Live, were held throughout the day. Photos from the event can be viewed on the official Belhaven University Facebook Page.

“I was inspired to use social media to minister to the world,” one attendee wrote. “I now see it as a tool the church can use to spread the gospel and as a way to encourage believers.”

Marketing is just one of the skills being taught through the Master of Ministry Leadership (MML) program, a new, unique degree program aimed for pastors and other ministry leaders looking to enhance their business skills.

The delivery of this 33-hour MML allows you to stay in your current role and complete your coursework. The program kicks off with an ‘iron-sharpens-iron’ intensive, face-to-face seminar, followed by 18 months of online teaching from some of the world’s leading experts. Each class tackles projects that are applicable to your ministry right now. The Graduate Certificate in Ministry Leadership is available for students wishing a shorter program.

For more, visit the Master of Ministry Leadership web page or contact Rev. Wallace Henley at

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