Laity Leadership

The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas is committed to providing funding for Events and continuing education opportunities that provide congregational members with new and innovative approaches to leadership in a local congregation.

Here are several upcoming laity events to which the Foundation is offering scholarships. For more information, contact Cathy Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (501) 664-8632.

November 14-15, 2022: Perkins Fall Convocation on Food and Faith

Explore the intersection of food and faith at this impactful annual continuing education event for clergy, church staff, and laity.  Enjoy two days of engagement, lectures, learning, and worship with chef, author, producer, and Food Network personality Aarti Sequeira, and theologian Norman Wirzba.

Visit smu.edu/perkins/fc22 for more information and to request email updates.

March 24-25, 2023: Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning

Don’t miss this annual event offering continuing education courses on the Bible, theology and spirituality to inspire growth in knowledge and faith practices. Taught by Perkins faculty and esteemed guests, a variety of classes are offered to suit varying schedules and interests.

Go to smu.edu/perkins/oepupdates and select “Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning” to receive updates regarding event details and registration.

April 16-21, 2023: Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

Since 1983, the Academy for Spiritual Formation has offered an environment for spiritually hungry pilgrims, whether lay or clergy, that combines academic learning with experience in spiritual disciplines and community.  The Academy’s commitment to an authentic spirituality promotes balance, inner peace and outer peace, holy living, and justice living, and God’s shalom.  Theologically the focus is Trinitarian, celebrating the Creator’s blessing, delighting in the companionship of Christ, and witnessing to the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives, churches and the world.

UMC Conferences of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi and Upper Room Ministries will gather on April 16-21, 2023.  More information coming soon.  Contact Rev. Roy Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 501-350-0330 with questions or for more information.

academy.upperroom.org

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