How We ShareWith so many missions and ministries supported by Arkansas United Methodists, it wasn't possible to highlight them them all in the Sharing Together in Christ's Name worship and study materials.
Below are links to some of the missions and ministries that are serving others through Arkansas United Methodist gifts. We've noted whether these projects are Arkansas-based (AR), United States-based (US), or worldwide (WW). We encourage you to explore further each of these missions and ministries and share the stories of their work.
For additional information about these or other missions and ministries in which you are interested, contact email@example.com.
- The Advance - (AR/US/WW) The Advance is considered a "second-mile giving" in the connectional system of The United Methodist Church. There are literally hundreds of worthy missions and projects that Untied Methodists across the globe are giving to through The Advance. Some of those include disaster relief, working with the poor and hungry, health ministries, missionaries serving in the United States and beyond and others. 100 percent of giving goes to the programs and projects funded through The Advance. Advance Stories | Resources
- Africa University - (WW) located in Mutare, Zimbabwe, this is the only United Methodist-related, four-year university in Africa. With over 1200 students, AU is offering bachelor's and master's programs to young, promising leaders for Africa. Mission Moment | Testimonial
- Arkansas Rice Depot - (AR) this faith-based organization helps over 300 Arkansas church and community food pantries provide food for free to hungry Arkansans. Started in 1982 by the Arkansas Interfaith Hunger Task Force, UMCs and others work with the Rice Depot to distribute food. The Rice Depot is the site of the annual Arkansas Conference Ingathering. The 2010 Ingathering is scheduled for Saturday, November 20 and will be dedicated to the memory of Lill Wilson, a United Methodist who was killed in her church while preparing cleaning buckets to bring to the annual conference gathering.
- Black College Fund - (AR/US) The United Methodist Church supports 11 Black Colleges that enroll over 16,000 students.The fund distributes 95 percent of its resources to the schools. Mission Moment
- Congo Initiative - (WW)The Arkansas Conference has made a commitment to build ten water wells in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The wells provide clean safe drinking water and foster community development and education. Arkansas United Methodists have also sent Bibles, bicycles, and funds to support the orphans in Kamina and provide scholarships for DRC students at Philander Smith College.
- Connected in Christ - (AR)The mission of Connected in Christ is to facilitate clergy/laity partnership training and strategic ministry planning that leads to transformational leadership in Arkansas Churches. Over 170 clergy and 800 lay persons have participated in CIC training. Of those who have completed the training, 93% of their congregations report an increase in adult professions of faith and over 50% are larger in terms of workshop attendance. To learn more contact Rev. Michael Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org or 501.324.8016.
- Hendrix College - (AR) Hendrix College, founded in 1876, enrolled close to 1,500 students from 42 states and 13 countries in 2010. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, it is frequently ranked as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country.
- Interdenominational Cooperation Fund - (AR/US/WW) this fund supports the ecumenical efforts across the world. Mission Moment
- Lydia Patterson Institute - (US) Lydia Patterson Institute, established in 1913, is the only remaining institution in the United States that serves a predominately Hispanic population. Located in El Paso, Texas, the school strives to provide quality bi-lingual, cross-cultural education in a Christ-centered environment.
- Ministerial Education Fund - Since 1968 the Ministerial Education Fund, one of seven apportioned funds of The United Methodist Church, has helped thousands of men and women become pastoral leaders in The United Methodist Church by providing scholarships and other support to the 13 United Methodist seminaries in the United States. Mission Moment | Ministerial Education Fund Stories
- Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center - (AR/US) located in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas on a 30-acre mountain top, Mount Sequoyah is supported through all the annual conferences in the South Central Jurisdiction. The center offers a year-round menu of individual and groups educational and spiritual learning opportunities and is often the location for a variety of Arkansas Conference board and committee retreats and gatherings.
- Philander Smith College - (AR) Philander Smith College, one of the historically-black schools supported through the Black College Fund, is also the location of Bishop Charles N. Crutchfield's office and the offices of the Arkansas Conference. Founded in 1877, Philander has a full-time enrollment of close to 600 students.
- World Service Fund - (AR/US/WW) this is one of seven apportioned funds of The United Methodist Church. It provides support for missionaries, children and youth, persons with disabilities, leader training and interdenominational and ecumenical work. Mission Moment | World Service Fund Stories