Center for Congregational Excellence
The purpose of the Center for Congregational Excellence is to connect and equip local congregations and new church start leaders with tools and resources for congregational revitalization, transformation and vitality in communities they serve. Two main priorities of the Center for Congregational Excellence are new church development and congregational transformation / revitalization.
Vibrant Church Initiative
The VCI process is designed to launch congregations into a new and more missional way of doing church.
In three years, 29 churches have enrolled in the Texas Conference's Vibrant Church Initiative. First UMC Marshall leaders and others share motivations and results they are seeing through the Vibrant Church Initiative experience. Read Story
Access reports and schematic maps containing demographic analysis of your area from an online system Get Details
In addition to hosting the TAC Awards Banquet and awarding the Copeland Award for Evangelism, Radical Hospitality is available to help local churches find effective ways to offer Christ to their mission field. In 2015 there will be opportunities for churches to participate in specialized focus on embracing the power of Jesus Christ in our efforts to make disciples. Every community has potential for effective ministry and it is the goal of Radical Hospitality to be a resource in tapping into the God given gifts available through our faith communities. Learn More
Passionate worship is brought by leadership who prepare to lead worship with all of their skill and heart combining with a congregation ready to shed their personal agendas and enthusiastically participate in corporate worship. Together they discover, celebrate and worship the God who loves them, who invited them, and was waiting for them all along. Learn More
Faith-Forming Relationships & Spiritual Formation
The Faith-Forming Relationships & Spiritual Formation Team wants to help churches connect this year. We want to help grow fruitful churches by helping them to connect their congregations to God, God’s Word, and God’s people. This can happen through resources of curriculum, people, and training events. We strive to find creative and modern resources for staff and laity to use to strengthen the discipleship groups in their church. Contact Jeff Hobbs, Jeff@fumcbryan.org, if you have any resource requests or suggestions for the team.
New Church Starts
This area includes resources for church planters interested in starting new United Methodist Churches in the Texas Annual Conference. Get Details
From the Ground Up
United Methodists have been starting new churches in the Texas Annual Conference for almost 60 years. Get Details
Youth / Young Adults
This section offers resources and opportunities for those involved in ministering with youth and offers ways to nurture faith development and equip young leaders. Get Details
Standardized Training Available for Certified Lay Ministers (CLMs)
A section is now available dedicated to CLM Certification including training dates, links to forms and other pertinent information at www.txcumc.org/clm
Safe Sanctuary Training Online
The Texas Annual Conference and the Committee on Safe Sanctuary is offering a way for volunteers to complete safe sanctuary training. To make the process more cost efficient and convenient for users, safe sanctuary training is now being offered online. Details