Beyond

For ten years now the ARUMC Children’s Council has started the year with a professional development opportunity for all volunteers and staff that minister to children and their families. The Council has always called this professional development the Beyond Conference. We invite leaders in ministry to come to educate and inspire our ministry leaders in the ARUMC. The 2022 year brought hope as we had planned an in-person event in Conway, AR, however, a peak spread in Omicron caused us to cancel the in-person event. As many churches have had to do we began looking at things in a different way, we didn’t want all the good information and supplies to be wasted. So, during our Children’s Council board meeting it was suggested that although we love to all come together in one place, why don’t we do the second-best thing and bring the training to each district. It will be smaller groups, the same great recorded trainers, all the materials in one meeting held throughout the district in the spring.

Here are the dates and contact information for each mini-Beyond offered in the spring and summer within each district. If your district date does not work for you, you are more than welcome to sign-up to go to another district’s scheduled date.

The District Mini-Beyond is a free event! If you didn’t sign up for the January Beyond, it does not matter! At each one, we will have a miniature version of Messy Church, watch the keynote speaker recording, have a meal, and receive all the educational books.

Central District: May 11, 2022 from 9am-2pm
Location: Highland Valley UMC
RSVP: crystal@hvumc.org

Northeast District: April 29, 2022 from 10am-3pm
Location: Batesville FUMC
RSVP: katie@fumcbatesville.org

Northwest District: August 6, 2022 from 9am-3pm
Location: Fort Smith First UMC
RSVP: amcneal@fsfumc.org

Southeast District: May 20 & 21, 2022
Location: Tanako Retreat
RSVP: cminister@fumchs.com

Southwest District: May 20 & 21, 2022
Location: Tanako Retreat
RSVP: cminister@fumchs.com

Resources for previous Beyond conferences can be found here. If you need a link to a specific recording from previous Beyond conferences, please contact melinda.shunk@arumc.org.