Developing a Church Communication Plan

8/22/2017
Do you have a communication plan for your church? It's a way to outline what means of communication will be used to disseminate information to specific audiences. UMCOM has put together a list of resources to help churches develop a plan for their own community.  Learn More

Disaster Ministries Alert: Potential Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey

8/22/2017
Friends of the Texas Annual Conference, The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey are reforming and entering the Bay of Campeche off the coast of Mexico. The National Weather Service predicts that Harvey is likely to reform into a Tropical Storm or possibly even Hurricane and make landfall somewhere along the Texas Gulf Coast on Friday. Please take precautions now to protect your family and property. It is vital that you prepare now. If you need assistance or learn of any storm-related damage, ...

Prayer Vigil for Our Immigrant Neighbors

8/21/2017
On Tuesday, August 29th from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Bering Memorial UMC, in partnership with Texas Impact, will be hosting an interfaith prayer vigil and information session as SB4 goes into effect. They will gather to pray for immigrant neighbors and law enforcement and offer information for congregations.

“Know Thy Neighborhood”

8/9/2017
St. Mark’s newest clergy member already has his eyes – and heart – focused on his new mission field just miles from his new church on Pecore Street in Houston. The area is dubbed “Near Northside” and is considered a forgotten space between the upscale Heights area and the low income Fifth Ward area near the towering Houston skyline. Russell is getting outside of the church walls to facilitate unlikely relationships between the least, the last and the lost and provide a community to “do life ...

Church Videos Engage

8/9/2017
Forty-five percent of people surveyed are watching over an hour of video each week on Facebook or YouTube, and viewers are watching over 100 million hours of Facebook video each day. This positions the churches of the Texas Annual Conference to use video in new ways to connect and promote the work they are engaged in to help others glorify Christ.   Brant Mills, Associate Director of Media of the Texas Annual Conference shares a few ways that churches can begin to use video to get their message ...

Meet A.J. Dallas

8/9/2017
Truth be told, TAC College Pastoral Intern Aaron Dallas, Jr. (A. J.) started actively serving in church ministries at the young age of seven. He now finds himself serving as an intern at Foundry UMC in Cypress and enjoys reflecting on his journey to this point.   With parents who both balanced dual careers including pastoral roles, he recognizes his childhood was sculpted and molded in faith. Additionally, a variety of roles built his leadership skills along the way. A.J. knows that faith ...

Mentoring Toward Ministry

8/9/2017
Thanks to a Young Clergy Initiative grant from the Global Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Lakeview Methodist Conference Center will receive $64,700 over the next four years to expand and strengthen The Andrews Program (TAP). Created in 2012 through a generous gift from Dr. Duane and Patty Andrews of Tyler, TAP seeks to identify and encourage young persons who feel God is "tapping" them to serve. According to Lakeview President Rev. Matt Idom, TAP’s mission is to help assist each student ...

Miracles in Mission

8/9/2017
Serving God by Serving the Needy When the pastor of FUMC, Bullard approached Hazel to lead the church mission program, she knew right away that she wanted to begin close to home. With a passion for the suffering, and a meager $200.00 annual budget, Mission House was born. Hazel quickly realized that $200.00 per year was insufficient to meet her neighbors’ many needs, so she shared her vision with her community. Miracles followed as volunteers joined her in service, and donations poured in to ...

September Vision Days

8/9/2017
The ministry landscape is changing on a global scale, and many believers – and churches may not be ready. Instead of trying to get people in the pews on Sunday, what if the Church got creative about venturing out to wherever people gather? One such church in Florida has launched a Burritos and Bible ministry in the corner of a Mexican food restaurant. Others are starting spiritual discussions anywhere from parks to tattoo parlors.   Clergy and laity across the Texas conference will have the ...

Transforming Men’s Ministry

8/9/2017
Leaders in United Methodist Men (UMM) across the globe are working to implement a new model and vision for men’s ministry. Dan Ramsey, who has served as UMM president from the local church to the national level, recently stepped in as Interim UMM President for the Conference and is leading this charge. He has seen men’s ministry done well and is excited to share ideas, make new connections and restart this powerful discipleship tool within the local church. He’s currently focused on 1) ...

Trinity UMC Helps Organize Mental Health First Aid Training

8/9/2017
Written By Dianne Akins Iglehart, Trinity United Methodist Church   On Saturday, August 5th several congregants and congregations received an 8 hour Mental Health First Aid Training held at Sat. James Episcopal Church and conducted by NAMI of The Greater Houston Area, and Eagleton Consultants Firm of Houston. The captive audience was led by Mrs. Angelina Hudson, the Education Director of NAMI, and Mr. Gary Eagleton of Eagleton Consultants.   They were a dynamic team of experts that gave all ...

Trinity UMC Hosts Free Health Fair Planning Event

8/9/2017
FREE TRAINING Saturday September 16, 2017 10:00 am Trinity United Methodist Church 2600 Holman Houston, TX 77004. A health fair can be easy to organize if you allow enough time to plan and promote, use a step-by-step approach, and invite a variety of health- and wellness focused organizations to offer their expertise. MD Anderson Cancer Center is offering a free training with an easy-to use evidence based guide on how to plan a health fair that could benefit your congregation and community. ...

Friendswood Compassion City

8/8/2017
Friendswood Compassion City Shows Life in Other Cultures: See Video from houstonchronicle.com

National HBCU Leading in Transformation Conference

8/8/2017
Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century will debut our latest program the National Network of Young Adults (NNYA) during the first-ever national conference designed for young adult students who attend United Methodist affiliated Historically-Black Colleges and Universities.     The first-ever National HBCU Leading in Transformation (LIT) Conference is Thursday, September 21 in Atlanta, Georgia on the campus of Clark Atlanta University. This one-day, power-packed conference will offer...

Please Report Flooding or Homes Damaged in Your Area

8/8/2017
Disaster ministries would like to know of any problems in your area. If you suffered (or are aware of areas that suffered) flooding or damage to homes, please contact Rev. Scott Moore, smoore@txcumc.org.  

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