LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (June 29, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently awarded two grants administered by the Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality that will send local church congregations and clergy to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR). One will enable Arkansas United Methodists to attend COR’s Leadership Institute, and the other will send youth and college students to COR’s Young Preachers Festival.
For the fourth year, UMFA will provide $75,000 to send 100 Arkansas clergy and local church congregation members to the Leadership Institute at COR in Leawood, Kansas this fall. Churches interested in participating may contact their District offices, and the Conference Cabinet will determine which churches participate.
“I know it is a good investment,” said Janet Marshall, UMFA Vice President for Development, who has attended the conference in the past. “Everyone comes back renewed, revived, excited, and ready to hit the ground.”
A $15,000 grant will send a group of young men and women from the Arkansas Conference to the Young Preachers Festival at COR. This is the second year for UMFA to support attendance at the festival. “Sending 30 young people to this event fits well with our efforts to recruit and train highly qualified pastors for the future,” said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO.
Rev. Dede Roberts of the Center for Vitality is seeking rising seniors, graduating seniors and college students to participate in the program. Those who are interested in attending or know someone who may be interested should call 501-324-8000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or talk to their youth director or local church pastor.
“We are grateful for the generosity of UMFA donors who allow us to help recruit, train, and support young, talented clergy leadership through programs like the Young Preachers Festival,” Rev. Roberts said. “And the Foundation’s support of programs like the COR Leadership Institute ensure that young pastors will have creative, vibrant congregations to serve.”
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. The UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, the UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.