Boot Camp for New Lay Supply

and Part-Time Local Pastors

The Boot Camp is designed for newly assigned lay Supply Pastors and newly appointed Part-Time Local Pastors.  The content will particularly assist you in the administrative requirements and expectations of a United Methodist congregation in the Arkansas Conference.

Some of the things you will learn:

  • Mission statement & trajectory for the Arkansas Conference.
  • Expectations for serving a local church and being a part of the connectional system
  • Who do you report to:  Bishop, District Superintendent, Circuit Elder, PPRC?
  • Social Media – How can you use social media for ministry?
  • Sacraments, weddings, funerals, communion, baptisms—Can I preside at these?
  • How do you handle confidentiality issues, sacred conversations  – Annual Timeline – July-June  – Year at a glance—What is expected of you next?
  • Learn about: weekly reporting with Vital Signs online, tithe Initiative collections, tracking year end statistics and preparation, charge conferences, how to track membership, MissionInsite for your ministry setting, and conference and district websites and newsletters.
  • How do you relate to your Circuit Elders?
  • You are the administrative officer of the church.  What does that mean?
  • Acronyms—What do they stand for?  GBHEM, BOM, GCFA
  • DCOM & BOM – What is your relationship with them?
  • Annual Conference – Do you really need to attend?
  • What is the Book of Discipline? 
  • Clergy compensation form & Clergy tax issues — quarterly estimates – Does this affect you?
  • How do I obtain an ARUMC email address?
  • What are the Centers for Vitality and Technology and how can they resource our ministry?
  • AND . . . . MUCH MORE!


DOWNLOAD the Bootcamp Workbook


Register Today

Click this REGISTRATION LINK  for one of our 2017 Boot Camp Workshops.

2017 Boot Camp Workshops are 10am-1pm, with a snack lunch served.

Choose a Saturday Date and Location that best fits your schedule:

  • August 12, Searcy First UMC, 10-1
  • August 26, Salem UMC Conway, 10-1
  • (July Date was Cancelled)


You may also contact your district office to register by phone.



Document Downloads

Download the entire Bootcamp Workbook (110 page PDF)




  • Social Media Guidelines
  • Copyright Compliance for Local Churches
  • Pastoral Transition Covenant
  • Ministry Classification Chart
  • Keeping Our Sacred Trust
  • Policy Statement on Sexual Misconduct
  • Safe Sanctuary Policy  and Mandated Reporting Information



  • Annual District/Conference Timeline
  • The Appointment/Assessment Cycle
  • SPRC Monthly Meeting Timeline



  • VitalSigns Weekly Reporting Worksheet
  • Worship Counting Policy
  • VitalSigns Instructions
  • Tithe Reporting Form
  • Tithe Ministry Financials “Getting Started”
  • Tithe FAQs
  • Annual Statistical Tables
  • Local Church Statistics User Guide for “Ezra”



  • Circuit Elder Expectations
  • UMC Governance Notes
  • Financial Policy Audit and Internal Controls Guidelines
  • Crossroads Conversations ¶213
  • Compensation Form and Instructions
  • Email and Google Docs; MissionInsite Registration
  • MissionInsite Instructions
  • ARUMC Resource Center Information
  • Ministry Checklist from BOM/dCOM
  • Local Church UMC resources from Cokesbury
  • UMC Acronyms



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