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.
2017 College Pastoral Internship Program!
The College Pastoral Internship Project – or CPIP – offers a diverse group of gifted young candidates the chance to explore the ins and outs of pastoral ministry in the Texas Annual Conference. It also equips local congregations to identify and encourage persons with appropriate gifts and graces to spend time discerning their call.
Interns are sent to serve local churches for two months each summer. Interns receive a stipend for their work and connect with one another at orientation and reflection retreat gatherings. Host churches agree to provide the interns with housing, mentoring, and a full range of exposure to all facets of pastoral ministry.
At the end of each summer, pastoral interns return to college not only with local church experience, but with relationships designed to sustain them throughout lifelong careers in ministry.
In addition, we are seeking Host Churches in which our summer interns will serve. If you are a Pastor with the desire to serve as a mentor to an intern interested in exploring the ministry as a vocation, we please complete an application for your congregation to be a Host Church!
Attention Deacons and Extension Ministers
Please send your 2017 Extension Ministry and Deacon electronic reports directly to Russell Hall, our Conference Secretary. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacons Retreat – March 2-3 at Camp Allen
Information now available Learn More.
Order of Elders Retreat – March 6-8 at Lakeview
Online registration is now open. Please check out the brochure and register..
Please Note: Access all Benefits Information on the TAC website at
New Teladoc® Benefit
The TAC GHB is offering an optional new Teladoc® benefit in 2017 at no cost for Standard PPO Plan participants (High Deductible Plan participants pay $45 per visit subject to deductibles and co-insurance). Teladoc® gives you 24/7/365 access to a board certified Internal Medicine, Pediatric or Family Practice physician through the convenience of a phone consultation (video consult is not currently available in Texas). Teladoc® doctors can treat many medical conditions such as cold and flu symptoms, allergies, bronchitis, skin problems, respiratory infections, and sinus problems among others, and can prescribe medications for short-term conditions. Teladoc® ID cards were mailed to participants in January. Go online to www.Teladoc.com for more information and to set up your account.
First Benefits Draft for 2017 in February
Please remind your church that the TAC Benefits Office does not process any Benefits drafts in January due to inputting new 2017 salary sheet and enrollment information. The first Group Health draft will be on February 1, 2017 and the first Pension draft will be on February 15, 2017. The February drafts will include both January and February Group Health and Pension contribution amounts.
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 email@example.com for questions or to make reservations.Dates for 2016-2017.
2017 Save the Dates:
Extension Minister Breakfast Meeting, April 20, 2017 - St. Paul’s UMC, Houston
Texas Annual Conference, May 28 - 31, 2017 – The Woodlands UMC
Clergy Gathering - September 18-19, 2017 – Lakeview
Walking Program Changes
Exciting new upgrades to Virgin Pulse program! Today is the day! Log in to your Virgin Pulse account online or access via the Virgin Pulse App on your phone. Check out the new incentive levels, new ways to earn ‘points’, new ways to stay engaged with your health goals! If you have questions/problems, do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and we will find an answer. Or you can CHAT with Virgin Pulse or check up the SUPPORT items from your Home page. Stay engaged in the New Year!
Virgin Pulse Champions
If you received an email from Virgin inviting you to be a ‘Champion’ and you are interested in joining the group to listen to upcoming webinars, you will need to input an ‘Employee ID’. Please email me and I will send you your unique Virgin Pulse id number so you can complete the registration. email@example.com
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 plus shipping. Having problems with your pedometer? Call Virgin Pulse at 1-800-830-4312.
Center for Health Resource Information
The Center for Health has resources online on the Wespath website. The Center for Health Newsletter is published quarterly. Each issue has two printable bulletins to share with congregations or other groups. Check it Out
Texas Youth Academy
The Texas Youth Academy is a is a two-week summer experience for selected high school students to live in an intentional Christian community on a college campus in central Texas.
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.