Bishop to Lead February 25 Live Streamed Presentation

On Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m.- noon, churches across the conference are encouraged to gather to watch a live streamed presentation entitled, “Holy Conversations/Tough Issues” hosted by the Unity Committee of the TAC Core Leadership Team. Learn more at Event Flyer and Leader Guide (PDF)

Pastors for Texas Children Advocacy Day January 31

In an effort to support Texas Children First, in the state legislature, I want you to know about the following below, sponsored by the group Pastors for Texas Children (PTC). They are good people who do good work. It is a great chance for us to jump in and be a part of this day of advocacy for public education. If you are new to this kind of thing, you would be a part of a larger group which would be a good way to learn.   Secondly, the day prior (January 30th) is a day of advocacy for juvenile ...

UMW Intercept Human Trafficking Awareness Event Jan. 28

Texas Conference United Methodist Women are hosting an Intercept Human Trafficking Awareness Event Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Sherman Elementary, 1909 McKee Street Houston, Texas 77009 from 10am-1:00pm.   Immediately following the event, we will march to Wesley Community Center for our Box ‘Em Up and Stack ‘Em Up Campaign.    As we welcome the Super Bowl to Houston, join us, along with Ms. Susie Johnson, from the UMW Washington Office on Public Policy, and Ms. Yvette Richards, former UMW ...

Bishop's Blog: We are the Church

“I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world, yes we’re the church together.” (United Methodist Hymnal, #558) The words of Richard Avery and Donald Marsh indicate that all who follow Jesus are, in some sense, the church of Jesus Christ. But what do we as United Methodists mean by that? We need greater clarity about our understanding of church. Continue Reading 

Campus Ministers and Retreats Promote Ways for Laity to be ‘UNLEASHED!’

Empowering students and adults to be unleashed into ministry will be the focus of the February “All Campus Retreat” for Texas college students as well as a three-retreat-weekend experience this spring for individuals interested in having a more impactful ministry outside of the church.   Three years ago, Allison Hicks enjoyed being a “guinea pig” of sorts in the first class of Laity Unleashed. “UNLEASHED!” is an intensive experience for the lay person who yearns to live out God’s call in an ...

Third Annual “Best Communication Idea” Contest: Call for Entries

Share your best communication idea to give other congregations inspiration for 2017 – and get recognized at Annual Conference in the process!   ‘Tis the season to “show off a little bit.” When it comes to communication in the church world, there are ongoing challenges for churches of all sizes. That’s why we want to hear some success stories and share them with others to boost their effectiveness regardless of size or location. BONUS: This year there are new categories.   “Best Idea” Contest ...

Charis Spiritual Director Training Program Invites Applications for Class 5

Since the program began in 2005, Charis has trained 60 spiritual directors who can provide spiritual direction throughout the Conference in countless ways.   Words heard repeatedly from previous members describing their Charis class include “deepening my spiritual journey,” “broadening my faith and understanding of the Holy,” “broadening my repertoire of ways to worship and to be with God,” and “learning to offer grace to others with an open heart and holy listening.”   According to Constance ...

Conference Launches Campaign to Impact Human Trafficking

January is Human Traffic Awareness Month and the Texas Annual Conference is inviting churches into a year-long campaign to raise awareness, raise funds and take action to fight this pervasive modern-day form of slavery.   Shocking fact #1: The average age of entry for victims of sex-trafficking is 12. Shocking fact #2: Each year, 83,000 victims are trafficked in Texas alone, with 20,000 of those in the Houston area. Shocking fact #3: 21,000,000 victims are impacted by this crime worldwide each...

From Student to Coach: Experiencing VCI from the Inside Out

Several pastors and retired pastors are encouraging their peers through the Vibrant Church Initiative as “coaches.” Here’s a peek at that leadership transition from the first pastor to experience VCI. Rev. John Stephenson believes in the power of pastors coaching pastors because he has seen the benefits of having a coach during the Texas Annual Conference Vibrant Church Initiative (VCI), and he’s now paying it forward by being a VCI coach. Rev. John can relate to the anxiety some pastors feel ...

Impactful Youth and Young Adult Events: Save the Dates

From trainings to special connections, retreats and trips, the 2017 schedule is filling up with amazing events for youth/young adults and their mentors and volunteers.   Although the year has just begun, students, youth workers and volunteers can fill their calendars with exciting “Save the Date” notations well into the year ahead. The Texas Annual Conference is “Investing in the Young” via an array of events, trainings, resources and opportunities. Already this month, youth leaders have ...

Special Thanks for Supporting Emerging Leaders

Thank you Thank you Thank you to Moody Methodist Permanent Endowment Fund and supporters of the TAC Emerging Leaders Endowment. The Permanent Endowment Fund issued a matching grant challenge to the TAC: PEF will match up to $525,000 raised in 2016 for ELE. WE DID IT! As of December 15, 2016, generous donors contributed $530,582, with PEF we added $1,055,582 to the fund. The Emerging Leaders Endowment is now over $5 million. We are closer than ever to fully funding the core programs that ...

Bren Hardt: Trailblazer for Peace

Bren Butler Hardt was one of three leaders to receive a Peacemaker Award from Houston Peace & Justice Center.   The Houston Peace & Justice Center (HPJC) describes Brenham UMC member Bren Butler Hardt as “a long-time peace activist with Fellowship of Reconciliation, Creating a Culture of Peace, Board of Church and Society – Peace with Justice Program of the United Methodist Church, and Houston Nonviolent Communication (HNVC).”   Cherry Steinwender, founder and director of The Center for the ...

CANCELLED - Emergency Response Training - January 21

The Emergency Response Training scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017 at St. Luke’s UMC in Houston has been cancelled. Additional dates are being considered for Houston area later this year.   

Houston Lay School of Theology March 30-April 1

Join Dr. O. Wesley (Wes) Allen, Jr. for Houston Lay School of Theology March 30-April 1 sponsored by Perkins School of Theology as he leads class participants through an examination of the first gospel in the New Testament — the Gospel of Matthew — using the lens of its eschatology, that is, its theology of the end of times and the return of Christ. Modern readers often miss how strong an apocalyptic worldview this gospel offers.   Participants not only will discover how much the Gospel of ...

Human Relations Day is January 15, 2017

To continue the ministry of Jesus we established Human Relations Day as a Special Sunday that calls all of our churches to participate in helping all God’s children to realize their potential. Will You Support the Ministry of Christ Among Those on the Margins? Learn More about Human Relations Day   Access Resources Give Now - or give in your local church on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Learn More about UMC Special Sundays        

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