January 5, 2022 COVID Safety Update

With the latest data showing COVID-19 cases growing, please continue to use an abundance of caution to keep yourself and your church communities safe.

Here are a few reminders:

  • Use the ARUMC COVID-19 Dashboard daily. It is updated every 24 hours.
  • Be very conservative with the data being shared. Self-testing has skewed the reporting of COVID-19 data. The number of people self-testing and those with positive cases of COVID-19 makes for higher numbers than what is being shared by the Arkansas Department of Health.
  • Continue to follow the CDC guidelines.
  • Get vaccinated and continue to promote local vaccine clinic opportunities.
  • Continue to wear a mask to protect yourself and others.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Ezell at amy.ezell@arumc.org.

What You Need to Know About the Move From Ministry Financials to NetSuite

What You Need to Know About the Move From Ministry Financials to NetSuite


The Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church changed its tithe reporting and pension billing software from Ministry Financials to NetSuite on July 1. The move to NetSuite streamlines the process to both record and report this information in our financial software. Instructions on how to use NetSuite are available in PDF and video format at www.arumc.org/tithe. This change only affects those churches that report tithe and/or pay tithe and pension billings online.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the new process.

  • The billing@arumc.org email address is not working.  This issue has been resolved.
  • Can more than one email log-in have access to our church NetSuite site? No, each church only has one log-in available. If more than one person needs to log-in, the log-in information will need to be shared.
  • I have logged in and reported my tithe but I do not see the pension information I need to pay.  The final documents are still being collected for clergy compensation. Once all the information is received, an upload will be made into NetSuite and the pension billings will appear. 
  • Once logged in, the Quick View says I do not have enough permissions to use this portlet.  Please disregard this message. If you see this home screen, you are properly logged in and have all the permissions needed.
  • I paid using an electronic bank draft previously. Do I need to re-enter that information? No, if you previously paid with a bank draft, your information is already transferred to NetSuite and there is nothing else you need to do. 
  • Will I still be receiving statements from the Conference each month? Monthly statements are available in NetSuite by going to Contributions > Tithes & Contributions > Monthly Statement  (for a summary) or by going to Contributions > Tithes & Contributions > Running Total Balances vs. Paid (for monthly detail). The statement available on the Print Monthly Statement screen only shows balances due. If you are paid in full, nothing will appear. If your church would like a statement emailed or mailed to them, please contact Wendy Brunson-Daniels at wbrunson@arumc.org or 501-324-8029.
  • What do I select as my “Tithe Reporting Month”? The Tithe Reporting Month refers to the month the income was collected. For example, if you are reporting tithe in July on collections in June, the Tithe Reporting Month selected should be June.

Please contact us at billing@arumc.org if you have any additional questions.

One Year and One Year

It became clear one year ago today that we were in the midst of a deadly and rapidly expanding COVID-19 pandemic. After receiving wise counsel, I made the decision to stop all annual conference in-person events, moved to institute our conference staff working from home and recommended that congregations not hold in-person gatherings of any kind. It has been a trying year, yet you have responded with deep concern for others, an abundance of creativity and a desire to keep proclaiming the Good News of Jesus through word and deed. What is more, you have done it with grace in the face of ridicule for your abundance of caution and having to do things for which you were never prepared. You have been amazing. And I want you to know how grateful I am. 

The pandemic now seems to be ebbing. While we still need to exercise an abundance of caution by following all CDC directives and guidelines, there is great hope on the horizon. Not surprisingly, there is also a strong desire for life to get back to normal. And we will. But only if we realize that we have to discover our new normal because we can never go back to the way things were pre-pandemic. Don’t worry, however, because we don’t have to do it on our own. The Holy Spirit already is at work leading us to a future we can only begin to imagine right now.  

So hang in there. Hang on for the ride of your life. And start giving God thanks and praise right now for what God will be doing one year from today. 

A Life-Changer

Life is slowly – and in some cases far too quickly – reopening, and it will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. No doubt you’ve been thinking about what you want your life to be like; especially since you don’t want to lose some of the very positive things you have experienced in the midst of Covid that you never would have experienced otherwise. But what if you switch the focus from what you want your life to be like to what God wants it to be like? That would be a life-changer. You won’t merely want to go back to the way things were. You won’t be satisfied with some of the things you used to think were so important. And you will spend more and more time seeking God’s way for you rather than your way for you. Don’t waste the wonderful opportunity you now have to delve more deeply into God’s heart, live as a newly energized Jesus’ follower and be led by the Holy Spirit step-by-step-by-step. 

Global Mission Fellows Accepts Applications from Young Adults Who Feel Called to See Differently and Serve Differently

ATLANTA (Sept. 27, 2019) – The Global Mission Fellows Program is accepting applications through Jan. 7, 2020. This two year program is a wonderful way for young adults, ages of 20 through 30 to engage with local communities outside of their home context, connect the church in mission and grow in personal and social holiness. All who fall within the age range and who are passionate about putting their faith into action while addressing the root causes of injustice are encouraged to apply.

The Global Mission Fellowship offers placement opportunities within the United States and internationally. Once accepted, candidates are matched with partner organizations which support community development and they enter into the faith life of the local community to form lasting relationships. Each fellow becomes a part of a cohort of other Global Mission Fellows and the group trains and regroups with the same young adults throughout their two years of service. This provides a framework of support and community for each Global Mission Fellow as they share in their individual journey.

For more information or to apply go to umcmission.org/gmf or contact gmfellows@umcmission.org.

Donations to support the Global Mission Fellows program are being accepted at https://advance.umcmission.org/p-1806-global-mission-fellows.aspx.


About Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
Global Ministries is the worldwide mission and development agency of The United Methodist Church. Founded in New York City in 1819, Global Ministries today supports more than 300 missionaries in 60 countries, including the United States. It has personnel, projects and partners in 136 countries. Learn more about Global Ministries by visiting umcmission.org or by following facebook.com/GlobalMinistries and Twitter.com/UMCmission.


Your life is going to change today. It may be a little or it may be ginormous. It might be the most exciting thing ever or it might scare you to death. It could be something you saw coming or it could be a complete surprise. So here’s what you need to know. God wants to walk with you through it so you’ll discover how the change that happens in you is not nearly as important as the change that happens in you.