Arkansas Conference Clergywomen Will Attend Global Conference Thanks to UMFA Grant

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 4, 2016) – Clergywomen of the Arkansas United Methodist Conference will attend the UM Clergywomen Global Gathering in Houston in August thanks to a $15,000 grant from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas.

“Attending the global gathering is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to fellowship with our sisters in ministry around the world, learn from each other about making disciples of Jesus Christ in mission fields both close and far away, and support each other in the challenges women face in Christian ministry around the world,” said Rev. Dede Roberts, Director of the Center for Vitality of the Arkansas Conference.  

The grant, administered by the Center for Vitality, will offset attendance costs for women pastors serving the Arkansas Conference and certified candidates from the state currently attending seminary.  

This gathering will serve as the culmination of regional gatherings of United Methodist clergywomen that have taken place throughout the connection. Meeting in conjunction with the World Methodist Conference will strengthen the Methodist identity and understanding of the United Methodist clergywomen, as well as provide them with additional leadership-building education and networking.  

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to invest in our women pastors. After the event, we’ll receive an assessment of the benefits this group of pastors received from attending the Global Gathering,” said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO. “This grant aligns nicely with the Foundation’s strategic priority of developing leadership for the church in Arkansas.”  

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $131 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support the UMC in Arkansas.