Starting in 2021 we began the process of a new Ministry Innovation Grant program. Offering grants up to $1,000 for ministry innovation. The goal of these grants became to help those who have dreamed of starting a mission or ministry in our community or offering a one-time outreach event, to see their dreams become reality. The FUMC Bentonville Endowment funds these grants and our Missions committee reviews all grant applications. Our first grants were decided upon in January 2022 and we hope to continue this ministry of innovation. 

R.E. Baker Closet

The success of the R.E. Baker Closet has led to the closet expanding to many schools in the Bentonville School District. The "Closet" is a resource for students in many ways. It can provide a change of clothes when accidents happen, warm coats in the winters, shoes to replace those outgrown, or even clean clothing to many in need. Clothing is purchased new to provide relief and dignity to students in need. 

Gateway, Bentonville

Gateway is Bentonville’s alternative learning high school. They are building a leadership program for their students with the goal of giving students responsibility and achievements that will lead them to success in work or continued education. 

Benton County Jail Ministry

The Benton County Jail grant was requested to provide learning aids within the Jail itself. These aids assist with continued education, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and much more. 

The Heart of Christian Ministry—The heart of Christian ministry is Christ’s ministry of outreaching love.



At FUMC Bentonville, we have a heart for serving others.  We believe in being the hands and feet of Christ locally and globally, and in showing our faith through action.  Our actions can include being a school lunch buddy, repairing schools in Haiti, or providing shoes to children near and far.  Just as we celebrate an open communion table and welcome all in worship, we practice our outreach by watching and listening for those who need what we might provide.