Spiritual Revival: Local church resources arriving soon

Rev. Richard Lancaster, Central District DS, speaks at the district’s Spiritual Revival Preview Event, held Oct. 17 at St. James UMC Little Rock. AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

Rev. Richard Lancaster, Central District DS, speaks at the district’s Spiritual Revival Preview Event, held Oct. 17 at St. James UMC Little Rock.
AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

Hundreds of United Methodist pastors and laity attended the Spiritual Revival Preview Events held in October at five different locations around the state. If you didn’t make one of these events, the printed materials are currently being mailed to every church, and additional resources will be posted over the coming weeks at spiritualrevival.arumc.org.

Near the close of the Oct. 17 Central District preview event, district superintendent the Rev. Richard Lancaster spoke about the significance of this effort:

“Please understand these are resources for your local church. But also please understand the spiritual power of every United Methodist church being aligned for a short period of time,” he said. “Twenty years ago, Billy Graham said the United Methodist Church was uniquely positioned for a renewal and outpouring of the Holy Spirit in America. That’s Billy Graham saying that. He said that because we’re connectional. And if we could get all of our churches moving in the same direction at the same time, it would create a movement that would empower the Holy Spirit for another Great Awakening.”

Local churches are encouraged to pave the way for spiritual revival among United Methodists of Arkansas by:

  • Forming a prayer team to focus daily on spiritual revival
  • Praying for spiritual revival in every worship service
  • Beginning an intentional, church-wide 40-day prayer effort on Jan. 1
  • Joining in the three-week focus on God’s unconditional, transformational and invitational love beginning Jan. 24
  • Participating in the “RELent” small group study between Ash Wednesday and Easter.

Look for the entire Spiritual Revival Resource book, along with video and worship graphics downloads, at spiritualrevival.arumc.org.