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.

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Demographic Analysis 

Access reports and schematic maps containing demographic analysis of your area from an online system  Get Details


Radical Hospitality

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


Extravagant Generosity 

The Extravagant Generosity Ministries Team equips congregations with tools and resources needed to engage in effective Christian stewardship by providing workshop experiences and other training for pastors and laity on a variety of topics related to disciple-making stewardship including such topics as year-round stewardship, planned giving, and effective financial management for Christians. Learn More


Passionate Worship 

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 Dr. Jim Reiter,, if you have any resource requests or suggestions for the team. Learn More



New Church Starts

This area includes resources for church planters interested in starting new United Methodist Churches in the Texas Annual Conference.  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 





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


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