What are Regional Affiliate Renewal Fellowships (RARFs)?
They are a fellowship of persons within an annual conference, committed to the vision and work of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, who seek to bring renewal to the United Methodist churches in their annual conference through the person and work of the Holy Spirit. They seek to develop an ongoing ministry on behalf of ARM with the people and churches within the fellowship’s area. They serve as ambassadors for ARM and extend the ministry of ARM on a local level through intercessory prayer, education and encouragement through such means as:
- Holy Spirit conferences
- Praise and worship services
- Promoting ARM team-led local church renewal events
- Teaching at district/conference leadership training events
- Hosting ARM events at their own churches
- Maintaining a website of information about ARM and the RARF
- Distributing Guidelines: The United Methodist Church and the Charismatic Movement
- Prayer ministry and other events at annual conference
- ARM displays at district and annual conference events
- Speaking to Bishops and District Superintendents and at clergy meetings about ARM and its programs
- Promoting attendance at the annual Aldersgate conference and events at the Aldersgate Renewal Center
RARFs meet together on a regular basis for prayer, fellowship and support. They conduct at least one annual ARM event/retreat/gathering or some ongoing ministry. They contribute financially to the work of ARM on an annual basis and they receive guidance and assistance from ARM for the work of renewal in their annual conference.
ARM works in partnership with the General Board of Discipleship. Being affiliated with ARM often will grant a RARF privileges on an annual conference level, such as advertising access to conference mailing lists, email lists, conference newspapers, and annual conference display space. RARFs are required to renew their covenant relationship with ARM annually.
Aldersgate Renewal Ministries is growing, giving birth to a new fellowship in the Baltimore/Washington region. Ray Dudley, Steve Burke, and Sherry Crockett, have committed to create a steering committee for the fellowship, which initially will establish a place(s) for the group to meet and worship together for the Lord to minister through the Holy Spirit. While the fellowship is forming, we covet your prayers.
It is by faith we have heard the call to begin; and it is by faith we will continue as the Holy Spirit leads. Once in places and the worship gatherings have begun, the mission of the fellowship will be to help people understand and experience more of God’s presence through the work of the Holy Spirit with a heart to providing support for pastors and churches while reaching out to the next generation.
We are forming the steering committee now. We are also gathering names of those interested in receiving emails and announcements about future events. To be considered for membership on the steering committee and/or to be added to the contact list for the Baltimore/Washington Regional Affiliate Renewal Fellowship of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, submit your request to Sherry Crockett at SCrockett.UMC@gmail.com or phone/text 301-639-9154.