2/5/2014 6:00:00 PM Mission Mississippi sees Madison chapter
By MICHAEL SIMMONS Madison County Journal
Mission Mississippi is attempting to garner support to start a chapter in Madison County and is hosting an informal event on Feb. 13 in Canton.
Leaders in government, business, and clergy are invited to discuss the possibility of initiating a county chapter, Lee Paris, a founding Mission Mississippi board member, said.
Paris is currently the director of chapter development for Mission Mississippi and said there are 22 chapters in the state. He said Madison County is a great choice for a new chapter.
"It is our desire to help start a countywide chapter that would share the reflective diversity of Madison County," he said.
In 2013, Mission Mississippi completed a trek through the state's 82 counties carrying a cross. They partnered with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the event. Paris said that spurred a lot of interest, especially in Madison County.
"There is a lot of interest in it not being a one-time, one-day of coming together," he said. "This year our focus is to revisit as many of the counties as possible." There is a three-step guide to forming a chapter that begins with the "gathering" phase, which takes place next Thursday.
If enough interest is sparked, they will develop a chapter and then later become chartered.
Paris said the first event is for community leaders because space is limited, but a second gathering would be held for the general public at a later date. The informational luncheon will be held at noon at Two Rivers Restaurant in Canton.