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.

____________________________________________________________________

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As we begin this Lenten journey, our thoughts and prayers are with you.  We know you are serving in difficult times and situations.  Every day we pray for you and your family and the people you are appointed to serve.

We know these are very anxious times and I remember the wonderful Lutheran pastor, Peter Steinke, once writing that leaders today cannot be as anxious as the people they serve. To lead means to have some command of our own anxiety and some capacity not to let other people’s anxiety contaminate us; that is, not to allow their anxiety to affect our thinking, actions, and decisions.  CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN ANXIOUS TIMES, BEING CALM AND COURAGEOUS NO MATTER WHAT.  Peter L. Steinke

I am aware this is easier said than done!  But we have a better chance of staying calm in the middle of the storm when we have taken good care of ourselves through Bible study, prayer, clean eating, exercise, family time, and sharing with trusted clergy friends in a covenant group.  It is our desire that you are connected with folks you can share ministry with so that your burden is lightened.

We thank God for you; we pray this holy season will be a blessing to you and yours as we prepare ourselves to be better disciples of the Risen Lord.

Gail and Elizabeth

____________________________________________________________________

FEATURED EVENTS

Order of Elders Retreat – March 6-8 at Lakeview
Please check out the brochure and register.

Texas Annual Conference, May 28 - 31, 2017 – The Woodlands UMC
Check out online registration information thru your District office.
Information is on website – more coming soon.   Learn more.

Childcare Registration is now open through our website. The Woodlands UMC is managing all childcare operations. Register here.
Be sure to register before May 1st to avoid a $50 late penalty.  
Youth (6th thru 12th) registration coming soon.

We look forward to seeing your kids at Annual Conference!

____________________________________________________________________

BENEFITS

Please Note: Access all Benefits Information on the TAC website at
http://www.txcumc.org/benefits

____________________________________________________________________

EVENTS

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 iwilson@txcumc.org 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

____________________________________________________________________

WELLNESS NOTES

Walking Program Changes
Over 380 Clergy and Spouses made money in January using the ‘new’ Virgin Pulse platform and our new incentive levels. Way to go! We are glad so many people are engaged in learning more and keeping up with healthy life choices! If you have questions/problems, do not hesitate to email nslade@txcumc.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.

Help raise money for the Human Trafficking cause
Join a team in 2017 that is participating in one of the many events. Check out all the Races We are working on offering an award for everyone who participates. Check it out.

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.

____________________________________________________________________

CLERGY EVENTS

Itinerancy & Relocation Event
If you anticipate relocating this year, save these 2017 dates (these events are required for all relocating TAC clergy).

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 am to 11:30 am at Conroe FUMC
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 am to 11:30 am at Greggton UMC in Longview
Please contact iwilson@txcumc.org to register.

2017 Move date schedule
June 18
 Last Sunday at current appointment
June 19–24
 Move week
June 25
Off Sunday
July 2
First Sunday at new appointment

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 iwilson@txcumc.org 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
Clergy Gathering - September 18-19, 2017 – Lakeview

____________________________________________________________________

FYI

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.  
Learn More

____________________________________________________________________

RESOURCES

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.

__________________________________________________________________

See Organizational Chart 

 

Contact Staff

 

____________________________________________________________________