Bishop Jones and Others Model “Holy Conversations”

12/8/2016
The Committee on Unity is hosting a February webinar to model ways to discuss tough issues within “Holy Conversations.”   As the landscape of the culture, church and denomination experiences significant changes, United Methodist Church leaders continually re-affirm a commitment to lead the church forward in unity. “Recent actions and differing expectations have opened deep wounds within the denomination,” notes TAC Communication Director Paula Arnold, “so the Core Leadership Team of the TAC has ...

Challenge Grant Matching Opportunity: ‘Tis the Season to Invest in the Young

12/8/2016
Bishop Scott Jones is encouraging individuals and congregations to designate funds to the Emerging Leaders Endowment that will encourage young adults in their journey to respond to God’s call. Contributions and pledges through year-end will be matched via the Challenge Grant from the Moody Permanent Endowment Fund. Bishop Scott Jones is the leading advocate for the Emerging Leaders Endowment having seen its ripple effect thus far, to help attract youth and young families and bring a new sense ...

Chapelwood Foundation Propels College Students Forward with Scholarships

12/8/2016
The Collegiate Challenge mentoring program at Chapelwood UMC Houston is the result of a school partnership focused on transforming lives. Recent scholarship recipient Hunter Clay can attest to the impact of the Chapelwood Foundation on his life. A former Stratford High School student, Hunter is putting himself through school with sights set on a degree in accounting.  “Without the support from the Foundation,” he shares, “I truly do not know where I would be today. More than just the money, the...

Coming in 2017: Valuable Trainings in All Districts

12/8/2016
The upcoming district training opportunities are ideal for members who want to be lifelong learners and add great vitality to their local congregations.   Vital congregations are full of eager members who seek to learn and use new talents to expand the kingdom. To that end, the TAC season of trainings is ramping up with a wide variety of topics and sessions available in the next few months. For example, Central South District is pulling out all the stops with an afternoon of 24 sessions under ...

Relevant Youth Activities: Two Impactful Stories

12/8/2016
Youth groups at St. Luke’s UMC Houston and St. John’s UMC Richmond are ‘investing in the young’ in unique ways.   When it comes to facilitating a “Christ connection” with youth, church leaders and parents are usually curious to hear creative ideas that make the gospel relevant for young people.  Here are two such stories of lives impacted by their youth groups.   Success Story from St. Luke’s UMC Houston Parent volunteer Stephanie Hamilton describes a power-packed guys Bible study as only a mom ...

Social Media Leaders: Conference Success Can Enhance Congregational Success

12/8/2016
Within the South Central Jurisdiction, the Texas Annual Conference has the strongest social media presence of any other conference. The TAC Communications Committee adopted a goal for 2016 of increased social media presence and the initiative worked!   It’s always fun to be a leader, especially when the news comes as a surprise. The ‘big reveal’ came as a result of the Arkansas Conference deciding to benchmark its social media presence against other conferences in the South Central Jurisdiction....

Texas Conference Mission Center Helping Many With UMCOR Grants for Flood Recovery

12/8/2016
Thanks to the generous donations to UMCOR, many who were devastated by two years of record-setting Texas floods are getting their lives back together with the help of the TAC Mission Center in Conroe.   When TAC Mission Center Disaster Director Pyppa Johnson meets individuals in suffering in the aftermath of a catastrophe, she never knows what heart wrenching conditions she will find. “When I met one of my current clients during the horrific spring floods, rain was literally coming into the ...

2017 District Leadership Training Events

12/7/2016
Below are dates and locations for district leadership training events in 2017. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.   Central North District Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM Training will be held at Klein UMC.   Central South January 29 at First UMC, Houston -  Westchase Campus Additional information will be available soon   East District Leadership Training Event 2017 Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM All Clergy & Laity are invited to the East ...

Marriage Resolution Retreat in January

12/7/2016
Marriage Resolution Retreat at Lakeview  First UMC Palestine extends an open invitation to all who would like to attend a marriage retreat at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center on January 7, 2017.   Check-in for the retreat will begin at 8:30 a.m. with sessions from 9- 4:30 p.m..  The cost for the day will be $35 ($45 for those that take the pastry class offered during the activity time).  The sessions will be led by Wood Christian Counseling Center in Tyler, Texas.  The topics of discussion ...

Online Retailer Launches Christmas Campaign to Help the Refugee Crisis

12/7/2016
Today our world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record with an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world being forced from their homes, 10 million stateless people denied a nationality and access to basic rights, and nearly 34,000 people forcibly displaced daily due to conflict or persecution in their homeland. In response to this need for help, online Christian retailer Cokesbury.com is taking strides to offer hope to those in crisis.   This month, book readers can ...

Two TAC leaders among TMF Merit Award Winners

12/7/2016
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie and James Walzel are two of the Texas recipients of the TMF Medallion of Merit, the organization’s highest honor. TMF President Tom Locke presented the awards at its gala on November 20, 2016. The honor is bestowed on individuals who have made a significant contribution towards advancing the mission of TMF and/or The United Methodist Church (UMC). Their leadership and influence spans the south central region of the United Methodist Church including New Mexico, Texas and...

Enroll Now to Receive Interpreter Magazine for 2017

11/22/2016
Subscribing only takes a few minutes and doesn’t cost a thing. Each issue provides content and ideas to help fuel the spiritual growth of your church's leaders and members.   Interpreter magazine offers United Methodists free access to valuable, actionable articles on the topics of technology, spiritual growth, leadership development, congregational growth, ministry with the poor, and global health.    Every United Methodist church who registers five leaders or members to receive a FREE print ...

Advent and Christmas Resources

11/16/2016
Tis’ the season of anticipation, hope and preparation. Below are some resources for your ministry as we all move toward Advent and Christmas and await the arrival of Christ together.    Advent and Christmas Worship Planning Resources   Advent Devotions from UMCMission.org (PDF) Advent and Christmas resources from Cokesbury   What is Advent?   Where did Advent Come From?   What Do the Candles in Our Advent Wreath Mean? Advent Reflection: Waiting on the Light Chuck Knows Church: Advent Wreath ...

Celebration Women National Conference 2017

11/16/2016
Registration is open for Celebration Women National Conference 2017. The event will be held March 3-5 in Houston, Texas.   Early Bird Special is available at $75 until December 31st Youth Conference Registration - $50 ($4 processing fee when bought on the estore) Register Here!

Preparations Begin for Minneapolis General Conference in 2020

11/16/2016
A new Commission on General Conference met November 7-9, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida, to begin organization for the 2020 General Conference to be held in Minneapolis. The officers of the Commission on the General Conference for 2017-2020 are Duncan McMillan of the North Carolina Conference, chairperson; Marie-Jeanne Kashala Mujinga, vice-chairperson, South-West Katanga Conference; and Kim Simpson, Secretary, Central Texas Conference. The Commission voted that the Rev. Gary W. Graves, ...

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