Heber Springs, AR

Quick Facts

Church Attendance: 550

Family Ministry Size: 50

Affiliation: United Methodist


``Win, Disciple & Serve``

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Heber Springs FUMC

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What We're Looking For

Heber Springs FUMC is a conservative United Methodist Church located in the town of Heber Springs, AR, about an hour or so from Little Rock. The church is led by Senior Pastor Tommy Toombs who came on as the senior pastor about 12 years ago. The church currently has two Sunday morning services at 9:30a and 11:00a. The first service offers a modern style of worship in their new Worship Center, and the second service is a traditional worship style in their sanctuary. Pre-COVID attendance ran around 550 each Sunday for their main worship services. The church is offering in-person and online options for their Sunday morning experiences, with youth and kid’s ministries meeting in-person as well. The church is seeking the right candidate to take over as the new Family Ministries Director to oversee the vision and direction of their family ministries. This person will oversee a full-time Youth Director, a full-time Children’s Director, a part-time Children’s Assistant, and a part-time Nursery Coordinator. The right candidate will have a deep personal life in Christ and the character and capacity to develop culture and grow the family ministries. Below are the requirements and responsibilities Froot Group has identified for this role:


  • Oversee the family ministries at FUMC Heber Springs, birth – 12th grade.
  • Lead and equip the Youth Director, Children’s Director, and other Family Ministries staff that you would oversee.
  • Help lead and equip volunteers within the Family Ministries.
  • Equip families/parents to help them better disciple their children.
  • Cast vision for the ministry to ensure alignment between youth and children’s ministries.
  • Set goals for your team, oversee the budget, and drive communication between staff and parents.
  • Create an atmosphere that is fun and engaging that helps kids birth – 12th grade build a relationship with Jesus.
  • Be a resource to your team when needed and lead by example.
  • As a member of the Church Staff, work to develop healthy working relationships with FUMC Heber Spring’s staff team.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and occasional retreats.


  • Visionary leader with enough administrative skill to organize people and implement their vision for the family ministry
  • Strong in communication verbal and written.
  • Personable, contagious humility and authenticity, with a heart to love, encourage, and
    grow families spiritually in the church.
  • Agreement with the beliefs, mission, and values of FUMC Heber Springs.
  • Encourages servanthood over consumerism.
  • Desire for continuing education and personal development in family ministries and
  • Has a deep love for kids, students, and parents and seeing their spiritual life thrive.
  • Experience:
    • Minimum 3 years ministry experience in some sort of family ministries capacity
      (youth, children, or family ministries executive).
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred, but not required.


Reports to: Senior Pastor & Administrator

More About Us
About Us

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 Heber Springs FUMC

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 around 550 people in worship each week through our weekly worship services (two in person on Sunday morning and a live-streamed service). On Sunday morning, we have contemporary worship at 9:30a in the new Auditorium and Traditional worship in the Sanctuary at 11:00a. The early contemporary service is more casual and features modern worship, 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 9:30a 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.


Human Beings

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

The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.


The Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice.


God’s Reign

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.


Our Mission


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?


Staff Values

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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