Denominational leaders speak in Arkansas

The Rev. Dr. Denise Honeycutt, deputy general secretary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), preached at St. James UMC Little Rock as part of the church’s Fiser-Christie Endowed Missions Lectureship. PHOTO BY MARCIA DUNBAR

The Rev. Dr. Denise Honeycutt, deputy general secretary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), preached at St. James UMC Little Rock as part of the church’s Fiser-Christie Endowed Missions Lectureship.
PHOTO BY MARCIA DUNBAR

Two leaders of United Methodist agencies spent time in Arkansas in November: the Rev. Dr. Timothy Bias, general secretary of UMC Discipleship Ministries (formerly called the General Board of Discipleship), and the Rev. Dr. Denise Honeycutt, deputy general secretary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Bias addressed the Bishops’ Club Luncheon hosted Nov. 13 by the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. He spoke on how love and legacy shape us as disciples.

“It’s all about making disciples—Christ-followers—who will make more Christ-followers, who love one another as they’ve been loved. God is making good things happen through you,” Bias said. “I think God can do good things through you and me, but it’s based upon relationship. It’s based upon the Word made flesh. It’s based upon how we speak to one another.”

The Fiser-Christie Endowed Missions Lectureship of St. James UMC Little Rock hosted Honeycutt Nov. 15-16 to celebrate UMCOR’s 75th year. She preached at all worship services and spoke at a Sunday evening youth rally and Monday luncheon.

Honeycutt emphasized that through UMCOR, United Methodist congregations reach out in ways that no local church can do alone—offering help after natural disasters and amid the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and walking alongside refugees fleeing Syria. “We’ve been doing that long before it ever hit the news on our TV screens,” she said. UMCOR is looking for congregations to participate in water and sanitation partnerships.

She encouraged the congregation to remember that mission is the calling and responsibility of all believers, not just another church project. “As mission people there is already that next thing, that next miraculous expectation that God is holding out for you,” she said.

“Just imagine if were all people of miraculous expectation, what a difference we could make. Just imagine.”