We provide opportunities for United Methodist youth in the state of Arkansas to strengthen their faith in Christ by leading, fellowshipping, and serving. Members of the ACCYM commit a great deal of time to this ministry, but they also benefit in many ways. They get to plan events from beginning to end and get to work behind the scenes to make those events happen. They also make lasting friendships, become better leaders, and grow in their faith along the way.
The ACCYM helps youth develop into leaders at all levels in the United Methodist Church, from local church youth groups to conference boards and agencies, and even to our jurisdictional and global councils on youth ministry. We also seek to promote youth to be in ministry, both lay and ordained.
The ACCYM is also about fellowshipping with fellow United Methodist youth and adult leaders from around the state of Arkansas! We do this by creating and promoting conference-wide youth rallies such as Veritas, Assembly, and Refuge that strengthen the bonds of Christian fellowship.
The ACCYM also seeks to promote service outreach to youth. We encourage youth to serve and help their local communities and the Arkansas community at large. In addition to initiatives such as Mitto, a mission-oriented event, the ACCYM helps promote the Youth Service Fund, the youth fundraising missions arm of the UMC!
STRENGTHENED IN FAITH
Above all else, the ACCYM works to help youth become real disciples of Jesus Christ! We help youth develop a life-long personal faith commitment to the Christian gospel, and educate youth on social and missional issues for which they may advocate.
Every Christian is a witness for Christ. We cannot bear the name Christian without indicating by our words and deeds what Christ means to us. We are empowered by our faith. We also invest the word Christian with meaning by the way we live our faith. The only gospel some of our friends will ever know will come from their relationship with us.
Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God through a life of service. As disciples, we become active participants in God’s activity in the world through mission and service. Love of God is always linked to love of neighbor and to a passionate commitment to seeking justice and renewal in the world.
OTHERS TO JESUS
The ACCYM helps youth develop into leaders at all levels in the United Methodist Church, from local church youth groups to conference boards and agencies, and even to our jurisdictional and global councils on youth ministry. ACCYM provides youth opportunities for adventure, self-discovery, cultural exchange, leadership-building, and service through various training events.
WE ARE A WELCOMING COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE ALIGNED IN BELIEF AND PURPOSE, AND DEVOTED TO SERVING OTHERS.
Faith is the basic orientation and commitment of our whole being—a matter of heart and soul. Christian faith is grounding our lives in the living God as revealed especially in Jesus Christ. It’s both a gift we receive within the Christian community and a choice we make. It’s trusting in God and relying on God as the source and destiny of our lives. Faith is believing in God, giving God our devoted loyalty and allegiance. Faith is following Jesus, answering the call to be his disciples in the world. Faith is hoping for God’s future, leaning into the coming kingdom that God has promised. Faith-as-belief is active; it involves trusting, believing, following, hoping.
In thinking about our faith, we put primary reliance on the Bible. It’s the unique testimony to God’s self-disclosure in the life of Israel; in the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ; and in the Spirit’s work in the early church.
Between the New Testament age and our own era stand countless witnesses on whom we rely in our theological journey. Through their words in creed, hymn, discourse, and prayer, through their music and art, through their courageous deeds, we discover Christian insight by which our study of the Bible is illuminated.
We mean also the broader experience of all the life we live, its joys, its hurts, its yearnings. So we interpret the Bible in light of our cumulative experiences. We interpret our life’s experience in light of the biblical message. We do so not only for our experience individually but also for the experience of the whole human family.
Finally, our own careful use of reason, though not exactly a direct source of Christian belief, is a necessary tool. We use our reason in relating our beliefs to the full range of human knowledge and in expressing our faith to others in clear and appealing ways.
Do you believe that youth have a voice in the United Methodist Church? Do you wish your voice could be heard? Then consider joining the Arkansas Conference Council on Youth Ministries (ACCYM) this spring! Youth in grades 10 – 12 serve on the ACCYM for an entire calendar year. So every year there are openings for new youth to join and become part of a great discipleship and personal growth experience! Now is the time to add your name and your voice to this group whose entire focus is connecting youth to God through the church.