Arkansas United Methodist

The Arkansas United Methodist is the monthly publication of the Arkansas Conference, designed to bring the good news of the faith and witness of United Methodists across our state.

A Month Full of Youth Events

This month, youth groups from across the Conference at home and abroad for amazing weeks full of fun, worship and growing in faith. Youth 2019 was July 10 - 14 in Kansas City, Missouri and the theme this year was Love Well. Groups of teens from the Central District...

Back to School Means Back to Change for Children — and Adults

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11 Didn’t kids just get out of school for the summer? Immediately after the red, white and blue bunting and...

A Reflection on the 2019 Hendrix Youth Institute

Having the opportunity to participate in the Hendrix Youth Institute for two weeks this summer was one of the most exciting, influential, and reassuring things I’ve ever done. Whether it was allowing myself to be vulnerable within small groups about troubles or doubts...

What Words Will I Choose?

I’ve been thinking a great deal about the power of words. The Book of Genesis describes how God created the earth, all that is on it and humanity by uttering words. Throughout history, the right words have brought hope in the darkest moments and the wrong words hatred...

It Doesn’t Take A Village to Help A Village

This past month, I’ve had the privilege of hearing the stories of small churches doing big things. In Emmet, Arkansas -- a tiny community between Hope and Prescott -- a small congregation at the Emmet United Methodist Church seeks to save their historic church...

UMFA Grant Aids Camp Tanako

Kim Carter recently found herself in dire need of a new truck. Carter, Executive Director of Camp Tanako, was forced to haul away the camp’s 1992 Chevy S-10 work truck. “The truck, nicknamed ‘Lil’ Blue, would be able to tell some stories if it could talk,” said...

Encouragement in Evangelization

My great grand uncle, the Rev. Martin Luther Mathews, stands as a giant among those early Wesleyan leaders in the Methodist Protestant Church. He had a burning fire in his heart and a burden to help his fellow man. In fact, everywhere he went he would share the gospel...

Called to Serve
Alma, Kibler UMC Help City With Two Community Events

In August of last year, Doug Phillips participated in the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. One thing he took away from it is how churches can’t help with community development -- or help with economic development -- if...

Building Better Moms

There are some tried and true ministry outreaches that so many churches use to make disciples who make disciples, but sometimes a church finds a very specific niche that serves their community best! West Memphis United Methodist Church has done just that! When...