Rev. Rashim M. Merriwether, Sr. named Developer of Ethnic Faith Communities

The Arkansas Conference is very pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Rashim M. Merriwether, Sr. to the position of Developer of Ethnic Faith Communities. Rev. Merriwether is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a graduate of University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from Saint Paul School of Theology. […]

Megan Rugg named Assistant Director for the Center for Administrative Services

The Arkansas Conference is pleased to announce the hiring of Megan Rugg as the new Assistant Director for the Center for Administrative Services. She is a certified public accountant with a specialty in auditing.  Megan’s primary responsibilities will be to maintain an internal audit plan for the Conference and district offices, provide training opportunities for church treasurers, and perform […]

Boundaries in Ministry Required Training

Attention all active Elders, Deacons, Local Pastors, Lay Supply Pastors of the Arkansas Conference, and Conference Staff:  Save the Date:  November 8, 9, 10  “Boundaries in Ministry” required training   Every four years all who are appointed to serve in local church or extension ministry settings are required to attend a Boundaries and Sexual Ethics training. […]

Bishops, The Upper Room launch Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council of Bishops in partnership with The Upper Room is launching Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward. Phase 1 involved 84 members of the Council of Bishops praying for The United Methodist Church’s way forward for 15 minutes daily, from August to December 2016. This was followed by Phase 2, […]

Commission ends its work; hears bishops’ recommendation for a way forward

The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist Church concluded its ninth and final meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, yesterday (May 16). The Commission met nine times over 17 months. The Commission reviewed a wide variety of petitions presented as legislation to previous General Conferences regarding human sexuality and examined how other faith […]

Constitutional amendment to be revisited

“I am grateful the new Secretary of the General Conference discovered this mistake. The Arkansas Conference will re-vote on this Amendment at this coming Annual Conference Session.” -Bishop Gary E. Mueller FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2018 Des Moines, Iowa: The Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference, announced today that an error […]

A message from Bishop Gary Mueller

Arkansas Conference Bishop Gary Mueller offers a message of hope and encouragement following the failed passing of Amendments I and II.

Press Release from Council of Bishops: Constitutional Amendments

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! The Council of Bishops has announced the results of voting by annual conferences on 5 Constitutional Amendments adopted by the 2016 General Conference. 2/3 of the lay and clergy members voting are required for ratification. Amendments I and II related to gender equality did […]

Letter From Bishop Gary Mueller: Council of Bishops

May 4, 2018   Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!   The Council of Bishops has just concluded our spring meeting. It was bathed in prayer, dependence on the Holy Spirit, and involved caring and honest conversation.  We agreed to release our report to General Conference no later thanJuly 8, […]

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward. At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale: Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will […]