Day Davis named Social Media Specialist for Arkansas Conference

The Center for Communication is very pleased to announce the hiring of Day Davis as Social Media Specialist. Davis is joining the Arkansas Conference from Fayetteville. She is a University of Arkansas graduate, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus on advertising and public relations. Davis grew up in the First United Methodist Church of Monticello and has attended Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. She’s bringing her love for God, her passion for others, and her strong work ethic to the Conference staff. Bishop Gary Mueller shared, “We are so happy to have Day join the Center for Communication. Her expertise in social platforms and growing audiences will enable us to reach a critically important audience so we far more effectively can carry out our trajectory of creating vital congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.” Davis’s primary responsibilities will include creating effective marketing campaigns for the Conference as well as managing engaging social media...

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Petition Submission and Deadlines for 2019 Called General Conference

June 5, 2018 Brothers and Sisters of the Arkansas Annual Conference, The highest court of our denomination, the Judicial Council, has released guidance related to petitions to be submitted to the specially called session of General Conference.  By way of reminder, a petition generally asks the General Conference to revise the Book of Discipline through calling for wording in the Discipline to be changed, or removed, or in some cases added. The Digest of recent Judicial Council Decision 1360 states: The purpose of the special session of the General Conference 2019 stated in the Bishops’ call is limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward. Petitions to the special session of the General Conference 2019 may be filed by any organization, clergy member and lay member of the United Methodist Church as long as the business proposed to be transacted in such petition is in harmony with the purpose stated in the call. It is the obligation of the General Conference to determine, in the first instance, through its committees, officers and presiders, acting in accordance with The Discipline and the rules and procedures of the General Conference, whether any such petition is “in harmony.” However, business not in harmony with the purpose as stated in the call is not permitted unless the General Conference by a two-thirds vote shall determine that other business may be transacted. See ¶ 14.      The Bishops’ report mentioned above will not be available until after the Arkansas Conference Session.  Early information released suggests the report will reference all three plans put forth by the Commission on a Way Forward in some fashion, with a recommendation of the “One Church Plan.” Where does this leave us regarding the submission of petitions to General Conference?  First, all petitions must be properly formatted in order to be considered.  Specific information on how petitions are to be formatted can be found on our conference website in a document entitled “2019 General Conference Petition Submission Instructions” or at http://www.umc.org/contact/2019-general-conference-petition   Individual lay and clergy members as well as official organizations of our denomination may submit petitions directly to General Conference.   However, for a petition to be sent to General Conference from the Arkansas Conference it must first be acted upon and approved by the conference. Petitions to the 2019 General Conference must be in the proper format in order to be considered by the Annual Conference. Per the plan shared earlier this year, the Annual Conference will print properly formatted petitions received by June 10 and make the copies available at the Conference Session.  Petitions received any time from June 11 until 3 pm June 17 with 1300 copies at the submitter’s expense will be distributed at Conference.  The Conference Office will post online all petitions received starting June 10 to make them available before Annual Conference.   Ten signatures from lay or clergy members of the 2018 Annual Conference are required for petitions unless submitted by a Conference Agency.  Footnotes are required for all petitions to support facts or generalizations stated in said documents.  Additional parameters are described in par. 14 and 507, 2016 Book of Discipline.   Please email your submissions to me at Aubrietta.jones@arumc.org and also to Yvonne Armstrong, yvonne.armstrong@arumc.org.  I am happy to assist you in interpreting the rules to offer the best possibility that your work will be deemed in order at...

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Petition Submission and Deadlines for 2019 Called General Conference

June 5, 2018 Brothers and Sisters of the Arkansas Annual Conference, The highest court of our denomination, the Judicial Council, has released guidance related to petitions to be submitted to the specially called session of General Conference.  By way of reminder, a petition generally asks the General Conference to revise the Book of Discipline through calling for wording in the Discipline to be changed, or removed, or in some cases added. The Digest of recent Judicial Council Decision 1360 states: The purpose of the special session of the General Conference 2019 stated in the Bishops’ call is limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward. Petitions to the special session of the General Conference 2019 may be filed by any organization, clergy member and lay member of the United Methodist Church as long as the business proposed to be transacted in such petition is in harmony with the purpose stated in the call. It is the obligation of the General Conference to determine, in the first instance, through its committees, officers and presiders, acting in accordance with The Discipline and the rules and procedures of the General Conference, whether any such petition is “in harmony.” However, business not in harmony with the purpose as stated in the call is not permitted unless the General Conference by a two-thirds vote shall determine that other business may be transacted. See ¶ 14.      The Bishops’ report mentioned above will not be available until after the Arkansas Conference Session.  Early information released suggests the report will reference all three plans put forth by the Commission on a Way Forward in some fashion, with a recommendation of the “One Church Plan.” Where does this leave us regarding the submission of petitions to General Conference?  First, all petitions must be properly formatted in order to be considered.  Specific information on how petitions are to be formatted can be found on our conference website in a document entitled “2019 General Conference Petition Submission Instructions” or at http://www.umc.org/contact/2019-general-conference-petition   Individual lay and clergy members as well as official organizations of our denomination may submit petitions directly to General Conference.   However, for a petition to be sent to General Conference from the Arkansas Conference it must first be acted upon and approved by the conference. Petitions to the 2019 General Conference must be in the proper format in order to be considered by the Annual Conference. Per the plan shared earlier this year, the Annual Conference will print properly formatted petitions received by June 10 and make the copies available at the Conference Session.  Petitions received any time from June 11 until 3 pm June 17 with 1300 copies at the submitter’s expense will be distributed at Conference.  The Conference Office will post online all petitions received starting June 10 to make them available before Annual Conference.   Ten signatures from lay or clergy members of the 2018 Annual Conference are required for petitions unless submitted by a Conference Agency.  Footnotes are required for all petitions to support facts or generalizations stated in said documents.  Additional parameters are described in par. 14 and 507, 2016 Book of Discipline.   Please email your submissions to me at Aubrietta.jones@arumc.org and also to Yvonne Armstrong, yvonne.armstrong@arumc.org.  I am happy to assist you in interpreting the rules to...

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A message from Bishop Gary Mueller

The message Bishop Mueller shared by video at the District Conferences on June 3, 2018....

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Worship & Choir Director – Alma UMC

Alma United Methodist Church has an immediate opening for the position of Worship and Choir Director. Our small but growing congregation worships in downtown Alma, in the foothills of the beautiful Ozark Mountains. We are 20 minutes from Ft Smith and 40 minutes from Fayetteville. The right person will have a passion for serving God through music ministry and a desire to help the community experience and worship God through sacred music. This position will require about 10 hours per week. Responsibilities includes working with the pastor to prepare meaningful and relevant worship during the Sunday morning worship service as well as planning hymns and special music for Wednesday evening choir rehearsal. Salary DOE. Qualifications (Education/Background) A passion for serving God Must be a team player Must be a good communicator, listener, and able to give and receive feedback Training in choir directing, preferably at the college level Competent in traditional Wesleyan/UMC hymns or previous and significant successful experience of church choir directing and general knowledge of church music Ability to play piano, organ, or acoustic guitar is highly preferred Ability to accompany others in musical settings This position will report directly to the pastor and perform duties as assigned by the pastor. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and résumé to Rev. Daniel Thueson at daniel.thueson@arumc.org or Alma UMC, 416 Short St. Alma, AR 72921. All employees at Alma UMC must submit to a criminal background check, a child maltreatment check, and follow the policies and guidelines set by the church.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, or...

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