Spanish-Language Worship Event

2/2/2016
A Spanish Language Worship Service will be hosted by Gateway Community February 26 and 27.   This will be a great opportunity for your Spanish speaking congregations and those interested in the Hispanic ministry to connect with other churches for a time of worship.   Please contact Juan Gale at (281) 286-1515 if you have any questions.   See Poster (Spanish) Additional information in English      

Bishop Janice Huie to Serve in a Unique Interim Role in the Rio Texas Conference

1/28/2016
For the next eight months, Bishop Janice Huie will serve as the interim Bishop of Record for the Rio Texas Conference, alongside three other bishops filling the vacancy that followed the resignation of James Dorff. In early January, when Mr. Dorff submitted his resignation as bishop of the Rio Texas Conference and surrendered his credentials, the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops (according to the Book of Discipline p. 407) were responsible for providing leadership. They launched a ...

Conference Committee Prepping Spiritual Formation Resources for Local Congregations

1/28/2016
Under the impassioned leadership of Dr. Jim Reiter, the Faith-Forming Relationships and Spiritual Direction Committee is regrouping with new ideas and expertise to share in areas championed by the Center for Congregational Excellence.   Catalysts are change makers. Catalysts create sparks and often cause activities to accelerate. Being a catalyst for the Kingdom is the individual and collective goal of the members of the conference committee focused on Faith-Forming Relationships and Spiritual ...

February Brings Impressive Youth Ministry Trainings and Special Events

1/28/2016
Upcoming training events for youth workers will include insight from Next Generation minister, writer, speaker Jeremy Steele and a number of other UMC experts seeking to help the conference “Invest in the Young.”   Against the backdrop of Powerball mania, 2016 kicked off, giving everyone a clean slate in a new year -- to consider what is truly valuable in life.  Director of Youth & Young Adults, Eddie Erwin is excited to encourage youth workers to consider how they will invest in youth in the ...

Meet the Texas Conference Mission Depot Staff

1/28/2016
Executive Director Rev. Scott Moore is building a team to help manage the Conroe-based Mission Depot training and empowerment center focused on disaster relief.   Few can imagine the horror of seeing your furniture soaked with dirty water and a thick layer of mud in every direction. Flood victims have this and much more to contend with, along with the pressure to maintain some degree of normalcy in the home. Tornado victims have a more dramatic scenario to sort through, on the heels of great ...

Memorial Drive UMC Members Experience the Joy of Helping Two Families with Resettlement in Houston

1/28/2016
Born in Vietnam, Memorial Drive UMC member Rick Ngo and family bounced between several refugee camps in the mid 1970s before a small church in Panora, Iowa sponsored them and helped them resettle in the United States. “Thankfully, the members of that tiny church gave us an apartment, helped my dad find a job, and got my siblings enrolled in school,” he recalls. Rick’s wife Nicole recalls four churches that sponsored her family as they resettled to the United States. “With the refugee crisis in ...

National Training Propels Leaders Along Their Journey of Discernment

1/28/2016
A dozen clergy leaders explored new ministry options with TAC Director of New Church Development Rev. Jeff Olive at the New Church Leadership Institute.   To be, or not to be – a church planter?  That was the question on the minds of 12 eager clergy leaders from the TAC who recently attended a 3-day retreat event hosted by the New Church Leadership Institute. According to Rev. Jeff Olive, TAC Director of New Church Development, the event is an exploratory conference for lay or clergy who are ...

Tutoring Program Provides “Helping Hand” to Local Students and those Displaced after Recent Tornados

1/28/2016
Edom United Methodist Church volunteers are providing much needed stability and encouragement to students needing “a little extra” help with academic challenges. Edom UMC member Barbie Clay beams with happiness to know she has been able to “pay it forward” in her hometown church by revamping the tutoring program that was so beneficial to her own daughter years ago. “When my daughter was in elementary school, she had some struggles in learning as she was the youngest in her class,” notes Barbie,...

Best Communication Idea Contest 2016

1/27/2016
The TAC Communications Committee is hosting a “Best Idea in Communications” contest and the winners will receive prizes – and be announced at Annual Conference.   Your success might be that your church started a Facebook page or did a special video for your church anniversary. The members of our committee welcome ideas and success stories that we can share across the conference. We will pick several winners, award prizes, and congratulate them at Annual Conference this May. Was your BEST IDEA an...

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center Announces Two New Staff Members

1/27/2016
Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is proud to announce the addition of two new staff members effective for January 2016.     Bradley Doherty, who brings years of camp programming experience, has been named Camp and Ministry Director, a brand new position created at Lakeview. After months of studies led by Kaleidoscope, Inc., and conversations with the Texas Annual Conference, the Conference Camping Committee, camping leaders from each district, the Cabinet, and the Lakeview Board of ...

Relatives as Parents Conference

1/26/2016
The 2016 Relatives as Parents Conference for grandparents and others raising kin children will be held February 27,2016 from 8:30a.m.-3p.m. at De Pelchin Children’s Center 4950 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77007   To register, call 713-682-8911 or email houstonboardroom@mch.org.   See Flyer for additional information  

Task Force Issues Report on Core Values for Episcopal Leadership Towards Unity

1/26/2016
The Council of Bishops Task Force on Human Sexuality, Gender and Race has issued a report for members of the Council of Bishops outlining a list of seven core values formulated by the task force for Episcopal leaders and for the denomination. The task force members committed to live with these core values and encouraged their colleagues in the Council of Bishops to join them. “From the beginning, we focused on the question how we as bishops live faithful to the call ‘to guard the faith, to seek ...

Houston Lay School of Theology - February 20

1/25/2016
St. Paul's UMC, Houston will be hosting Houston Lay School of Theology - February 20, 2016. This event is sponsored by SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, in cooperation with the Center for Congregational Excellence of the Texas Annual Conference.   The course is titled Holy Spirit 101 and is led by Instructor Jack Levison.    Course Description Spend a day in the prescence of the Spirit – studying, questioning, wondering, learning with Bibles in hand – we will explore the unknown but not ...

An 8-Year-Old Leads by Example by Investing in the Young

1/14/2016
A young member at Faith UMC Spring is perhaps the youngest fundraiser to be inspired to help orphans through ZOE’s model of empowerment.   God’s faithfulness through the faith of a child is a beautiful thing to watch unfold. This becomes apparent through the story of Carson Winter, a member of Faith UMC, Spring and ZOE’s first and youngest peer-to-peer fundraiser.   Under the direction of Rev. Gaston Warner, an elder in the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, ZOE is a distinctive ...

Are You in “Pursuit” of Great Leadership Insight?

1/14/2016
Clergy and laity across the Conference will have the opportunity to learn and interact with best-selling author, coach and consultant Mike Bonem at a March 7 event hosted by the Vibrant Church Initiative (VCI) at First UMC, Lufkin.   Good news! Congregational effectiveness is the lifelong passion of author/consultant Mike Bonem, and he is eager to share and discuss leadership lessons with all who attend a special — and free—event hosted by the Texas Annual Conference Center for Congregational ...

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