Upcoming Events

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Dates and Locations:
Thursday, September 26 at Conway FUMC
Saturday, October 5 at Conway FUMC

Each training is from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Cost per person will be $20 and includes the full training resulting in certification good for 3 years, the training manual, all supplies and lunch. If your church has more than 5 people interested in being trained you are encouraged to contact Michelle Moore to set up a training session for your church.

To register, click here. Registration for each training will close 1 week prior to the training date.

Perkins School of Youth Ministry

January 6-9, 2020

INTENTIONALLY PRACTICAL.
INTENTIONALLY THEOLOGICAL.

At Perkins School of Theology, the gifts and labor of theological study are available not only to those enrolled in regular courses but also to others throughout the church and wider community. Perkins School of Youth Ministry, under the direction of Perkins’ Office of External Programs, coordinates training programs exclusively designed to resource those in the church whose ministries focus on youth and young adults. Every January since 1988, we have offered our Perkins School of Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas, with specialized tracks for Foundations Training, Workshops, and Youth Ministry Certification.

PSYM offers Foundations for those that are newer to youth ministry and workshops for those looking to dig deeper into particular areas of youth ministry.  You can find out more about Foundations, the Workshop schedule and registration using the first link below.

The Arkansas Conference will provide scholarships for all those who plan to attend Foundations, Workshops or Workshops Intensive as long as you are registered by December 14.  The scholarship will be $299.  (The registration fee is $299 until September 25.  If you register after this date you can still receive a $299 scholarship but you will be responsible for the remaining balance.)  You can download a scholarship application using the button below.

NOTE: ALL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS WILL BE DIRECTLY SENT TO PERKINS THIS YEAR. PLEASE SELECT “PAY BY CHECK” WHEN YOU REGISTER. $299 WILL BE SENT ON YOUR BEHALF (once scholarship application is received and approved) AND IF NECESSARY YOU WILL MAIL A CHECK FOR THE REMAINING BALANCE SEPARATELY.

**If you plan to enroll in Certification in Youth Ministry through Perkins School of Theology you can apply for a scholarship directly from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas by emailing Mackey Yokem at myokem@umfa.org.**

 

EQUIP 2019 is coming soon! It will be held on September 14th from 9am-4pm at Pulaski Heights UMC in Little Rock, AR. The cost will be $20 and will include lunch and a copy of keynote speaker Matt Rawle’s Hollywood Jesus. Registration is now open and is available here.

Ministry Opportunities

Mentor Program

A connectional tool that will facilitate the sharing of support, ideas, advice, and experience among the youth workers of the Arkansas Conference.

Resource Team

The Arkansas Conference Youth Ministry Resource Team is a group of youth workers from around the Arkansas Conference who represent a variety of youth ministry experience and background.