The Very Most Important Thing

The very most important thing you can do in life is to know/understand/experience just how much Jesus loves you. How he freely chose to become human, shared the fullness of God’s love, identified with all you can possibly ever experience and died so that you might have life that is abundant and eternal. The next most important thing you can do in life is to fall in love with this Jesus who loves you so passionately. With your mind, heart, desires and actions, on your best days and your worst days, in every single thing you do and right in the midst of real life. And here’s all (or at least most) of what you need to know about these two things. It’s the greatest adventure you’ll ever embark on.

Incorporating Mission Moments

What if you could build a team of people who could share how grateful they are to be a part of your church? And in return create a stronger sense of discipleship and service?

“Mission Moments” are small examples of how your church is doing ministry and the only rule about these mighty tools, is that they have to be connected to groups, individuals, or locations that are near and dear to the hearts of your church family.

Where should you begin?

  1. Utilize this Engagement Template for the month of October to organize your Mission Moments both in-person and online. There are also ideas for social media too.
  2. Dive deeper into incorporating Mission Moments into a worship service with ResourceUMC.
  3. Use only ONE Mission Moment at worship each week.
  4. Utilize a layperson each week, who is already involved with this mission or who can share how it has directly affected them. Remind them more than three times, that this should be less than 2 minutes. Leave people wanting MORE, not exhausted from an overshare. Possibly consider having your Discipleship Team plan these in the future.
  5. Most importantly, make sure that the Mission Moment reflects someone, something, or somewhere that is well known to your church family. Examples include local feeding ministry, youth ministry, UMM, UMW, local schools, after-school ministries, upcoming events, and volunteers in ministries with the community.

Each Mission Moment doesn’t have to have a happy ending. It just needs to instill a sense of loyalty, passion (through giving and serving), and joy in knowing that your church family is serving way beyond the walls of the building.

What’s Really What

There’s a powerful saying I think captures the essence of God’s grace: “You don’t have to go looking for God because God’s already found you!” But just because God’s already found you shouldn’t keep you from looking for all the ways God is at work around you. In fact, it should motivate you to search. And when you do, you’ll discover so many ways that God is present, God is at work and God is changing things. So take time to look for God today. Not just when it seems that God should be present. But also when it seems least likely. Because that’s when God will show you what’s really what.

It’s You

You may not quite fit in, think about things differently or march to your own drummer. That’s okay. Well, actually, it’s more than okay. It’s fantastic. Because it’s you – the unique, one-of-a-kind, created in God’s image, saved by the blood of Jesus you who has something to offer no one has, is or ever will again. So celebrate it. Embrace it. Own it. Let God perfect it. And then in everything you do – live it!

Q&A with Bailey Thomas

Q&A with Bailey Thomas

Tell me about yourself: Where you’re from, where you live now, where you went to school, your previous jobs, etc.
I was born and raised in Beebe and graduated high school there. I received a Biology degree from Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, AR. After graduating from Williams, I decided to go back to school at Arkansas State University to receive a degree in Accounting. After receiving my degree, I moved back to Beebe and worked for a public accounting firm for six years before entering my position at the Conference.

What attracted you to the Assistant Treasurer position for the Center for Administrative Services?
As an accountant, I was attracted to the Assistant Director position because I knew I would get to do the work I love for people who want to make a difference.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
I’m looking forward to working with an amazing group of people and for an organization that gets to help churches throughout the state.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
When I am not at work, you will most likely find me at the softball fields, where I still like to think I’m as young and invincible as I used to be. If I’m not there, I enjoy spending time hanging out or grilling with my family and friends.

Who is someone that inspires you in your daily life and why?
I am inspired by several people in my life, a couple of them being my parents and my grandmother. I’m inspired by my parents because they have always been there to support, encourage and believe in me. They have always set an example for me in every aspect of my life, I strive to be like them every day. My grandmother has also inspired me to be the best that I can be, she has always shown me what it meant to be a God-fearing, Christian woman. Since I was little, I always wanted to follow in her footsteps. I know she would have been so proud of the person I have become and would be so excited about this new adventure.

Please join us in welcoming Bailey to the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church as the Assistant Treasurer for the Center for Administrative Services. We are so excited to have her on our team!