Center for Clergy Excellence

The mission of the Center for Clergy Excellence is to serve clergy and their families so that they may equip congregations to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.



The Gathering
Monday – Tuesday, September 26 – 27 at Lakeview (only one night).
  If you would prefer some extra down time, you can register for rooms for Sunday, September 25, arriving any time after 3 pm. Our speaker this year will be the Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Learn More and Register

Sustaining the Courage to Serve : A Courage & Renewal Retreat Series for Clergy in the UMC Texas Annual Conference.
Do you wish you had more time to pause, reflect, and reconnect with your calling? Do you long for a community where you can explore spiritual practices and share your successes and failures without being judged? New year-long series begins in November. Deadline to register is August 1. This program is based out of the writings of Parker Palmer and many clergy in our conference have found it to be beneficial. Check it out

Days of Wellness for 2016 - Registration is Now Available
Working with Houston Methodist Wellness Services, we will have three Days of Wellness for Clergy and Spouses who have not previously gone to the event. Read more about the day and whether you are eligible to attend. Check it out
Dates for 2016 –
November 3 – Bellaire UMC

Register Here

New This Year – “Nutrition Reboot”
Plan to attend this exciting new offering for those who attended a Day of Wellness prior to Jan 2014. Methodist Wellness Services have designed a half-day session focusing on the food we eat – what foods effect our moods, what foods to skip and what to include, and fun hands-on food prep! The morning includes biometrics at the start followed by breakfast. Come learn from experts in nutrition! Here is a chance to set new goals in your weight loss and weight maintenance plan!
2016 Dates:
November 4 - Bellaire UMC
Learn More and Register Here



Learning over Lunch Event (LOL)
Dr. Jim Bankston will be presenting ‘A Pastor’s Role in Developing and Leading a Culture of Legacy Giving’. Date: September 13, 2016; Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Location: St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 Main St., Houston, TX 77004. Reservations required. $25. Register Here Register here. For more information, please contact: Joyce Russell at (800-933-5502) or Melvin Amerson, 512-680-6192. Make plans to attend now!
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An Energizing Event for Young Clergy’ and their spouses sponsored by the General Board of Pensions, November 7 – 9, 2016 at the Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Learn more.
The TAC will reimburse the registration fee and hotel (2 nights) cost for any clergy and their spouses who did not attend the TAC Clergy Benefits Academy in September 2014. The TAC encourages pastors take advantage of this opportunity once every 5 to 10 years in order to stay current with the Benefits and Pension resources from the GBOPHB. Transportation to the event is on your own. Please make all your own Registration and Hotel Reservation arrangements. After the event, please send a copy of your Registration and Hotel receipts and a copy of your Continuing Education Certificate to Barbara Kilby, Benefits Office, Texas Annual Conference, 5215 Main St. Houston, TX 77002 for reimbursement.

Renew Retreats
Renew is a gift in the form of an amazing retreat opportunity offered to married clergy couples through The Soderquist Center. The only cost to the participants is travel to and from the location. Check out the schedule for the coming year. Read about the retreat.
Learn more at Renew. Contact Ivana Wilson at for questions or to make reservations.
Dates for 2016-2017.




New Clergy Benefits Enrollment Forms and Salary Sheets
New clergy receiving their first TAC appointment as of 7-1-16 need to submit their Group Health and Pension Enrollment Forms to the TAC Benefits Office and have their salary sheets certified by their District Offices by July 15 (or sooner) to avoid enrollment delays.Benefits are effective 7-1-16.

New UMPIP Contribution Election Forms Needed for 7-1-16 Appointment Changes
New UMPIP Contribution Election Forms Needed for 7-1-16 Appointment Changes Clergy with 7-1-16 appointment changes who are currently making (or who would like to start making) personal contributions into their UMPIP
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Joining the Walking Program for the first time? – go to Join Virgin Pulse. All Active Clergy and Spouses in the Group Health Plan are eligible for this program. You do not have to attend a Day of Wellness to enroll. Cost is $9.99 shipping. Having problems with your pedometer? Call Virgin Pulse at 1-800-830-4312.

2016 A-la-carte Fitness Rebate
All persons in the Group Health, Clergy, Conference Lay Employees & Spouses are eligible. Each person must submit a separate form. Only one form per person for purchases from January 1 – September 30, 2016. Rebate pays 50% of expenses up to a maximum rebate of $300. Check out the 2016 A-la-carte Fitness Rebate Policy. Print out the Rebate Form and attach your receipts. New this year – if you pay for your gym membership for a year in one payment, you can submit it and get half back – no more prorating. So negotiate with your gym, you may get a better deal.



Here are a couple of websites you may find helpful if you have not seen them before.
The Congregational Resource Guide - search for resources based on your congregation’s current needs – youth ministry, staffing, worship, etc.
Faith & Leadership - contains articles related to innovative ministries and also reflections on the current liturgical season.
June-July Clergy Birthday List
Please take the time to pray for and connect with your brothers and sisters in Christ! 


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