Worship for All at Jacksonville First UMC

contributed by Melinda Shunk, Children’s Ministry Coordinator Last March, the Rev. Nathan Kilbourne shared with the ministry team at Jacksonville First UMC that he really wanted to develop more of an intergenerational worship service so that in worship the span of mature members and young members could all have their worship needs met. Stephanie Dunn […]

UMC bishops honor, remember Rev. Dr. Felder

​WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Methodist bishops are honoring and remembering the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Cain Hope Felder, a distinguished scholar and first executive director of the Black Methodist for Church Renewal (BMCR), who passed at his home in Mobile, AL on October 1, 2019. In a letter to his spouse Dr. Jewell Richardson […]

Why the Church Should Talk About Mental Health

contributed by Gracie Rymel As someone who has grown up in the Church and struggles with mental illness, I can tell you that it has not always been easy to talk about. We have been taught to enter the Church doors with a smile on our face and pretend that everything is okay. It seems […]

Group Home Growth Because of Donors, Supporters

contributed by Amy Shores, Director of Pastoral Care, Methodist Family Health Methodist Family Health’s therapeutic group homes are the foundation on which the Methodist Family Health continuum of care was built. Many may be familiar with our homes around the state as our organization began in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage. Caring for Arkansas’s […]

What If?

I have a confession to make. At times – probably too much of the time – I feel trapped in the worst of “church world.” I guess it just goes with the territory of being a bishop, but it often seems as if all I hear is bickering about matters of human sexuality, complaints about […]