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.

Historic River Flooding Devastates Communities Across Arkansas

In late May 2019, the Arkansas River rose to historically high levels due to heavy rainfall and the release of swollen reservoirs upstream in neighboring Kansas and Oklahoma. In many parts of the state, decades-old river records were broken, including a 1945 record...

Helena First UMC Celebrates 200 Years of Ministry in State

In 2018, Helena First United Methodist Church celebrated 200 years of “worship, faith, and evangelizing.” This past June, they held a celebration ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the church’s founding in 1818. According to an announcement sent out by the...

The Method to Becoming a Scholar

Because this conference invested in me, I was able to learn from some of the world’s greatest pastors and theologians. Their influence expanded my understanding of how to implement the Holy Club questions in the local church through a postmodern lens. Once I began to...

Remembering Ken

Upon my arrival as the new senior pastor at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in 2010, I received a bonus very few clergy can claim; I was blessed to serve a congregation with its own bishop in residence, Kenneth W. Hicks. Bishop Hicks began his role at PHUMC in...

Discipleship is Always Personal

The heart of our work in the Arkansas Annual Conference is to “create vital congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped and sent to transform lives, communities and the world.” In other words, we’re all about discipleship....

When Communities Come Together

This past month has really gotten me thinking about the importance of community. As many of you are aware, Arkansas was hit with a number of natural disasters in June: from the Arkansas River flooding that displaced thousands of people to heavy rains, high winds, and...

Hope UMC Holds Ecumenical VBS

The definition of ecumenical is promoting or relating to unity among the world’s Christian churches. Rose Gagon is doing precisely that at First United Methodist Church in Hope for the second summer in a row! In 2017, Rose met the new Baptist pastor of First Baptist...

Mission u Gears up for Four Days of Fellowship, Fun

Mission u is a chance for United Methodist women and girls throughout the state of Arkansas to come together and study important issues affecting society, and this year’s Mission u will cover topics like radical discipleship, 150 years of United Methodist Women’s...