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What is LifeQuest

LifeQuest of Arkansas, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1981 as The Shepherd's Center of Little Rock (we remain an affiliate of The Shepherd’s Centers of America) to provide a framework through which adults can plan and create a more purposeful and rewarding life. LifeQuest is not a religious organization, yet fourteen interfaith congregations joined together to fund and begin LifeQuest. Today there are many various affiliated congregations and corporate sponsors. LifeQuest membership currently stands at more than 2,500. Participants come from 13 counties in central Arkansas, 8 states and 2 countries. 

LifeQuest educational classes are available to adults of all ages. Our program is based on an open-university concept, with no homework, tests or grades. Four educational terms are conducted annually: three eight week terms and one four week summer term.

Each term offers online and in-person classes Mondays - Thursdays with lecture/discussion classes on a variety of topics:

  • Art & hobbies (painting, genealogy, Mah Jongg)
  • Exercise (yoga, tai chi)
  • Digital learning workshops (Introduction to iPhone, PowerPoint, File Management)
  • Health & science (anatomy, cooking classes, geography)
  • History & politics (art history, current events, foreign policy)
  • Literature and languages (book studies, Spanish instruction)
  • Music and theater (usually lectures, not instruction)
  • Social topics (religion classes, retirement issues)

New classes are added each term; all are developed and coordinated by a Curriculum Committee made up of LifeQuest volunteers. Authorities in their respective fields serve as volunteer instructors. In-person classes are held at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive in Little Rock, Arkansas, while online classes are available via Zoom and Facebook.  During a term, most online classes are recorded for later viewing.  The eight week registration fee is $65 and covers all classes. The registration fee for our four week summer term is $35. Some classes require an additional class fee for supplies.

Mission Statement

To enhance life’s journey during the middle and later years through lifelong learning and meaningful volunteerism within the community.