UMFA grant will send congregations to Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas (UMFA) recently awarded an $80,000 grant that will send participants from 20 local congregations to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR) Leadership Institute this fall in Leawood, Kansas. The Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality will administer these funds.

Churches interested in receiving grant funding to participate in the Leadership Institute may contact their District offices. The Conference Cabinet will determine which churches participate.

“This is one of UMFA’s most popular grants, and it fits perfectly with the foundation’s strategic grant priority to develop leadership for the ministry of the UMC in Arkansas,” said the Rev. Mackey Yokem, UMFA grants administrator. 

The Rev. Dede Roberts, director of the Center for Vitality, reports that this ongoing partnership with UMFA has borne fruit. Many churches that have participated in the COR Leadership Institute have demonstrated growth in the areas of profession of faith, worship attendance, new small groups and outreach ministries. 

“Participating churches of all sizes, without fail, report that people come back from the Leadership Institute inspired and equipped with new ideas and new resources,” said Roberts. “They appreciate having the clarity of vision, mission, intentionality and excellence of COR modeled, explained and taught at the Leadership Institute.”

The grant requires that teams made up of clergy and lay leaders from each church attend together so that when they return to their church, they have a leadership team ready to implement what they’ve learned.