Director of Contemporary Worship
The Contemporary Worship Director, Heber Springs FUMC will further the mission of the church to Win, Disciple and Serve by:
Working with pastors and staff to coordinate and lead the Sunday morning contemporary worship (9:35) service and other services.
Identify, recruit, train and equip the Praise Team, in coordination with the Tech/AV team, leading them toward increasing spiritual maturity and excellence in worship leadership.
Utilizing the praise team ministry in a way that moves the mission of the church forward beyond Sunday morning services.
Soon after the incorporation of the town of Sugar Loaf (the former name of Heber Springs), two Methodist congregations were organized: the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. After Sugar Loaf became Heber Springs in 1910, First United Methodist Church of Heber Springs was formed from a merger of these two congregations. With the development of Greers Ferry Lake and Dam in the 1960s, the population increased dramatically and churches as well as the city have tried to meet this challenge.
About the United Methodist Church:
The United Methodist Church is a 12.6-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. John Wesley (Methodism’s founder) and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
United Methodist leaders often speak of the denomination as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning. Every local church is linked to an interconnected network of organizations that join together in mission and ministry, allowing us to accomplish far more than any one local church or person could alone.
Within the connectional structure of The United Methodist Church, conferences provide the primary groupings of people and churches for discernment and decision-making. John Wesley described Christian conferencing as a spiritual discipline through which God’s grace may be revealed. At every level of the connection, church leaders and members come together in conversation, or conferencing, to discuss important issues and discover God’s will for the church. The word, conference, thus refers to both the assembly and organization of people as well as the process of discerning God’s call together.
Recent Phases in the Life of FUMC Heber Springs:
Creating Space for Families: The Family Life Center
In July of 1996 a contract was signed to build the Family Life Center (FLC), with groundbreaking held in September of that year. The purpose of the FLC was to fulfill in part the stated mission of the church, which was “To be a light for Christ in Cleburne County and the world by exalting Christ in worship, encouraging fellowship in His family, enlightening disciples with biblical truths, equipping saints for service, and evangelizing all in the name of Christ.” Construction was completed in 1997. In January 1998, the Contemporary Worship Service was started. The contemporary service was moved to the FLC in 2011.
Becoming a Lay-Driven Church: In His Steps Model of Ministry
The In His Steps program was started in 2010 to encourage and assist church members to participate in serving others in the church and community. Each of the many ministries of the church are listed in a tabloid, which is distributed to each member of the church in the Fall. Church members are encouraged to prayerfully consider their involvement and to respond by checking the ministries they are interested in participating in for the coming year. This is our current model of lay ministry, which flows from our new, simplified mission statement: “Win. Disciple. Serve.”
FUMC Heber Springs Today
Today, Heber Springs UMC welcomes between 600 to 700 people in worship each week through our weekly worship services (three on Sunday morning). On Sunday morning, we have traditional worship at 8:25 and 10:55 in the Sanctuary and Contemporary worship in the Family Life Center at 9:35. The early traditional service is more casual and features guest musicians on occasion, while the late traditional service is more formal with a chancel choir, including robes. Our congregation is multi-generational, with the vast majority of young families with children and youth attending the 9:35 service.
Heber Springs is a tourist town of just over 7,000 people, nestled between Greers Ferry Lake and Dam and the Little Red River. We have a contingent of families who have vacation homes in the area, so they are only present for worship when they are here. Also, there is very little industry in Heber Springs. Some of our younger people work in the community, but some are commuters and telecommuters. The community is comprised of a large number of wealthy people, many of them retirees, as well as a group of blue collar workers and working poor. This socio-economic reality creates division in the community in several ways. Our church membership is comprised mostly of wealthy families, though we have seen blue collar people start to participate in our ministries. We also work to bridge the gap between these disparate groups through ministries like Breakin’ Bread (feeding ministry) and Spring Park Worship.
What We Believe:
As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:
God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons.
We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrates God's redeeming love.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, it's the Holy Spirit at work.
Genesis 1:27 asserts that we've been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create.
The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, “we are initiated into Christ’s holy church, ... incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit,” the Introduction to the Baptismal Covenant says, “All this is God’s gift, offered to us without price.”
Through the waters of baptism, we are cleansed of our sin and born into a new way of living. Whether an infant or adult, this is just the beginning.
As the circumcision of male children is the initiatory act into God’s covenant with the Hebrew people (see Genesis 17:9-14), baptism is our initiation into the new covenant in Jesus Christ. On the day of Pentecost, Peter offers the promise of baptism without regard to age, saying it is for those present, their children, and those far away (Acts 2:38-41). Later in Acts, we read of Paul and Silas baptizing Lydia and her household, and later their jailer with his entire family (Acts 16). We continue this practice by baptizing the children of those who reaffirm their baptismal vows, receiving them into God’s mighty acts of salvation.
Because baptism is an act of God, initiating us into the universal church, “the sacrament is to be received by an individual only once.” Some baptized persons may like to commemorate and celebrate profound faith experiences in a special way. For this purpose, The United Methodist Hymnal contains Baptismal Covenant IV, which is called “a powerful ritual of reaffirmation which uses water in ways that remind us of our baptism.” The membership vows of The United Methodist Church also contain a reaffirmation of the baptismal vows.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
According to “This Holy Mystery,” The United Methodist Church’s official document on communion, “The Lord’s Supper reminds us that Jesus Christ is the host and that we participate at Christ’s invitation.” Jesus invites us to take part in the special meal he ate with his disciples the night before his crucifixion, and other meals he shared in homes and on hillsides.”
“The term Holy Communion invites us to focus on the self-giving of the Holy God which makes the sacrament an occasion of grace, and on the holiness of our communion with God and one another,” “This Holy Mystery” continues.
Finally, “Eucharist, from the Greek word for thanksgiving, reminds us that the sacrament is thanksgiving to God for the gifts of creation and salvation.”
Therefore, we practice an “Open Table,” meaning that all are invited to participate in Holy Communion in our church. We receive Communion on the first Sunday every month.
It is our responsibility to offer the Gospel to the lost, here and around the world. (Read Acts 1:8) What does this verse say about the Christian agenda? We have a message about Jesus Christ which needs to be carried to the whole world. Our focus is on EVANGELISM.
As people accept Jesus Christ it is our responsibility to equip them to be disciples. (Read Matthew 28:18-20 and 1 Peter 2:21) Jesus said, "As you go . . . make disciples." What does it mean to be a disciple? How do we equip people for discipleship?
Do all this to the glory of God. (Read Mark 9:35, Matthew 22:36-40 and John 15:5-8) God is glorified when people come into right relationship with Him and begin to "bear much fruit" in their lives. What are the fruits that Christians should bear?
Mutual Support and Encouragement: We are to encourage and enjoy one another as we work together as a team. We pray for one another on a regular basis and find ways to support one another in our work.
Development: An important part of our work is personal development. We are each individually responsible for our personal development, but we also work together through discussion, coaching, and evaluation. We also grow and learn through conferences, training and other programs.
Accountability: We are called to be stewards of our God-given resources, including our time and talents, and we expect our staff to use these resources to produce measurable outcomes.
Loving Relationships: We commit ourselves to pursue authentic community. We work to rid ourselves of behaviors that hinder authentic community like gossip, backbiting, and negativity. As leaders in the church we are called to model loving Christian community for the congregation.
Spiritual Growth: We commit ourselves to the study of scripture, to private and corporate prayer, and to service. These are the disciplines which produce real spiritual growth in our lives.
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