Leadership Unleashed conversations scheduled for Southeast District

More dates to come in other parts of the state

The Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality (CFV) is teaming up with the Rev. Mark Norman, superintendent of the Southeast District, to provide a special opportunity for laity called Leadership Unleashed.

This series of Southeast District events will include a two-hour coffee, dessert and discussion time.

This series of meetings has already occurred in the Central District, and will soon be scheduled in the remaining three districts. Leadership Unleashed gatherings will provide space for laity to participate in meaningful conversation by sharing stories of fruitfulness, learning from the work of ministry in our congregations, discussing action plans and praying for each other’s mission field ministries.

Laity who attended last spring’s Grow By One Summit, Lay Servant/Speaker Training or Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute have received email invitations, but any layperson active in a local church is welcome. The CFV hopes that these coffee and dessert gatherings are the first phase in a larger process for unleashing the lay leadership potential in our congregations, in keeping with Step 7 of the Bishop’s Mission Plan.

Choose the date, time and location most convenient for your schedule:

  • Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., First UMC West Memphis
  • Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m., Lakeside UMC Pine Bluff
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., First UMC Monticello
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., First UMC Brinkley

To register for any of these free events, contact Cathy Hall Hughes of the CFV, chughes@arumc.org or 501-324-8011.


“It was very helpful to have this conversation with other churches in the area, to learn and grow from each other. I walked away with several ideas that really spoke to me and I plan on sharing those ideas at our next Administrative Council meeting in hopes others catch excitement and we are able to reach more people for God’s kingdom.”    —from a Leadership Unleashed attendee in the Central District