Council of Bishops: Local Initiative Grant Applications

The Council of Bishops provides leadership for the ecumenical and interreligious ministries of The United Methodist Church. To that end, they are offering 3 grants, each in the amount of $1,000 to groups within United Methodist Annual Conferences for special projects designed to strengthen ecumenical and/or interreligious relationships. The application deadline is the 10th of November […]

Laity Sunday: Rise Up and Remain Committed to Love’s Teachings

written by Kathy Conley, Conference Lay Leader Every year there is a special Sunday set aside to recognize the important ministry of the Laity.  That special Sunday this year is October 15th, even though you may celebrate any time it is convenient.  On that Sunday churches are encouraged to celebrate the great influence the call […]

Youth Wednesdays Revitalize Every Day at City Heights United Methodist Church

written by Kelli Reep The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is still being sifted, but the good things that have happened include a re-energization of City Heights United Methodist Church in Van Buren. According to Rev. Sandy DeFatta, senior pastor of City Heights United Methodist Church, the children and youth program was happening when she […]

Pumpkin Patch to return at North Little Rock First UMC

Annual fundraiser returns Sept. 24, 2023 written by Laura Turner, NLR First UMC Communications Coordinator NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After last years’ successful North Little Rock First United Methodist Church youth fundraiser, the pumpkins are returning to NLRFUMC. The long-running annual tradition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, when thousands of pounds of […]

Bishops in Africa vow to stay in The United Methodist Church

Press ReleaseFor Immediate ReleaseSeptember 15, 2023 LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of the Congo – United Methodist Church bishops serving the church in Africa have issued a statement declaring their intention to stay in the denomination despite differences on the issue of human sexuality. “Notwithstanding the differences in our UMC regarding the issue of human sexuality especially […]

200K More Reasons hosts ACEs and Trauma Informed Ministry training

written by Samantha Menley, community coordinator for 200k More Reasons 200,000 More Reasons and the Director of Discipleship and Leadership Development were excited to host 85 United Methodist for an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Ministry training at First United Methodist Church, Conway last Saturday, September 9. Participants included clergy, children’s and youth […]

United Methodist Men aims to support spiritual growth

written by Clay McCastlain, Conference President, Arkansas United Methodist Men Hello All, I am the Conference President of Arkansas United Methodist Men. I want to help support spiritual growth among the United Methodist Men in Arkansas. The objective of the General Commission for United Methodist Men is “coaching men to thrive through Jesus Christ, so others […]

Statement from Dr. Michael Bowie: Hate Is Real for Black People

Strengthening the Black Church

There is an old adage that says, ‘the more things change the more they stay the same’. Saturday, August 26 three Black Americans were shopping at a local Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida and hate snuffed out their lives.  Yes, America witnessed yet another vicious act of hatred and injustice by a white supremist […]

Join the Perkins Certificate in Spiritual Direction community

Learn new skills for a transformative life and ministry. The Perkins Certificate in Spiritual Direction Program (CSD) is a non-credit, continuing education program that seeks to train participants for the accompaniment and guidance of others in their spiritual journey. Our program helps participants discern a call to ministry, enhance ministerial works or nurture their own spiritual growth. Now is the time to immerse […]

Philander Smith College to make historical announcement of transition to university status

written by Julissa Garza August 1, 2023, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tuesday marked a monumental day for Philander Smith College in Little Rock as officials announced its transition to a university. The new title makes Philander Smith University, which opened in 1877, the second historically Black university in Arkansas, joining the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. “That […]