Advocacy Leaders Create Solutions and Special Needs Ministries

2/11/2016
Impactful leaders provide training, resources and environments that include those with special needs.   With a degree in Christian education, Naomi Mitchum set out to do something important with her life. She says, “The trip has been fun and the future continues to be exciting.” She worked as director of Christian education in Kansas then director of youth work at Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Oklahoma. Adds Naomi, “Along the way I wrote teacher enrichment materials and curriculum for the ...

Bishop Huie Invites Texas Conference Churches To Support General Conference Prayer Vigil on March 20

2/11/2016
Bishop Janice Huie joins other United Methodist bishops organizing a groundswell of prayer in support of the 2016 General Conference in Portland.   Palm Sunday will have even more significance this spring for congregations across the Texas Annual Conference. “March 20th is an amazing opportunity for the laity from Texarkana to Galveston to join hands and hearts in prayer for the leadership of the Texas Conference and the UMC in preparation for General Conference,” shares Lay Leader Stephanie ...

First-Ever “Faith in the Future” Conference for Young Adults

2/11/2016
The inaugural discernment conference this April will feature ‘Ted-Talk-style” topics and interactions related to living a faith-filled life in the future. “Since young adults live in a Twitter world, we are planning a Ted-Talk -inspired retreat with a half-dozen topics rather than a keynote type of format,” shares Rev. Michael Jarboe, associate pastor of Memorial Drive UMC. The upcoming Fifteen Forum, named for its fifteen-minute presentation time limit, will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29 ...

Methodists Celebrate 14-year Ecumenical Effort: Regional Production of the Passion of Christ

2/11/2016
Lake Palestine UMC of Chandler, First UMC of Chandler and Wesley House of Tyler will again join other congregations to commemorate the life-changing message of the Easter season.   On Palm Sunday weekend each year, the population of Chandler, TX often increases by over 50% as friends and neighbors from near and far come to see the outdoor production of the Passion of Christ in an outdoor amphitheater-like setting on the grounds of Lake Palestine UMC. “We usually see 700-1,000 a night,” says one ...

Prison Chaplains Across Texas Thank the Texas Conference for Boxes of Carefully Chosen Kid-Teen-and-Adult-Friendly Bibles

2/11/2016
Inmates and their visiting families will enjoy an assortment of new Bibles this year, thanks to the generous 2015 mission offering from delegates and their home churches at last year’s conference.   Delegates and entire congregations will be blessed knowing that their 2015 mission contribution to “Restore Lives with the Word of Life” is now helping to fund the purchase of Bibles for children of inmates and for Disciple Bible Study packets for life-changing impact within the prison walls. The ...

Single Board Model of Governance Brings Benefits to Congregations of all Sizes

2/11/2016
Leaders at First UMC Anahuac are experiencing new ministry successes after adopting a streamlined committee leadership structure popularized by the Vibrant Church Initiative and larger congregations.  Problem: The “typical” church structure of multiple committees is driving the mission of the church versus the mission driving the structure. Solution: Streamlining congregational leadership structures to the popular Accountable Leadership Model for greater success in their mission of making ...

Vocational Leaders Take the Church to the Community on a Daily Basis

2/11/2016
Across the conference, some leaders are recognized with special awards for their visible role in their communities, while many others lead by example on the job and in other powerful ways.   His longtime mantra, “The stronger the community, the stronger the church,” is evident in his pattern of community involvement throughout the decades. That notable involvement landed Dr. Dick White, pastor of FUMC Quitman & Liberty UMC the impressive first-ever title of “Clergy of the Year” in January at the...

Thank You for Your Generosity

2/10/2016
Your apportionments help fund ministries serving people in need both within and far beyond the boundaries of the Texas Annual Conference. The following churches paid 100% apportionments in 2015: Download the list (PDF)  

Sexual Ethics Training - March 1st

2/9/2016
Sexual Ethics Training - Last chance to get in the requirement! March 1, 2016 - FUMC, Conroe, TX  Time – 10 am to 1 pm Cost - $20 You must Register Online. Select “Register as GUEST”. Fill in your information (all fields must be filled). If you are paying by credit card or bank account – input a 1 into the last field – next to the “($20 each)”. You will be directed to the next page to input your payment. If you are paying by check – leave the 0 in the last field next to the “($20 each)”. ...

TAC Clergy Family Retreat 2016

2/9/2016
Texas Annual Conference Clergy Family Retreat 2016 April 15—17 Lakeview Methodist Retreat Center For all clergy (Deacons, Elders & Local Pastors)   Our weekend together includes Dad’s time away, Mom’s time away as well as Family play time. Parents on Saturday morning will gather for conversation using the book Love & Logic while kids have their own time away. Questions, email Christie Hale, revchale@gmail.com   Registration / Additional Information  

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 ...

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