Methodists to Reveal Journey of Faith in 'We Are More' Campaign

With the United Methodist church's General Conference just days away, the denomination's South Central Jurisdiction, including Texas, is launching a two-pronged "We Are More" campaign wherein church members can share the story of their faith journeys with fellow believers via the Internet. Six of the jurisdiction's regional conferences will create professionally produced four-minute segments for the project, and ordinary church members will be invited to post shorter "selfies" to the Web site, ...

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‘Being the Church’ is Fun for Givers and Receivers

When almost 500 people of all ages collaborate on 20 different mission-hearted  activities, they ‘build community’ and strengthen their lifestyle evangelism skills.   Generally speaking, an empty church is only a cause for celebration when it means the missing people are on a mission in the community. On April 3, members and friends of FUMC Pearland left the church building and went out in to the community to “Be the Church.”   Over 475 children and adults participated in the 20 different ...

Christian Musicians Impacting Kilgore College Students

Investing in the Young comes in many forms, most recently allowing Kilgore College students to be up close and personal with several popular Christian musicians.   Seven Kilgore College students and their campus pastor, Rev. Karen Bright, attended the “Hits Deep Tour” in Bossier City April 1, 2016 featuring national Christian pop artists tobyMac, Britt Nicole, Building 429, Colton Dix, Capital Kings, Finding Favour and Hollyn. For the finale, the group was selected to dance on stage with tobyMac...

Join an “Open Table” Family Model for Young Adult Orphans

On May 7, learn how the Open Table model trains church volunteers to help resource, empower, and surround aging out foster youth so that they can thrive. Most of us can’t begin to fathom this: You've just turned 18 and your foster family can no longer support you – financially or emotionally. You are suddenly and frighteningly alone, for the first time, forced into making life-altering decisions for yourself and hoping they are the right ones.   No safety net. No mom, no dad – no one and ...

Lessons Learned: Building the Church Through Communication

Attendees from the recent Small Member Church Retreat share how blueprints, tool belts and budgets relate to building stronger communication programs.   When lay and clergy members from small membership churches gathered at Lakeview for the third annual training retreat in mid-April, they stepped into a classroom resembling a construction zone. Hammers, duct tape, screwdrivers, hard hats and other building materials set the scene for a four-hour communication training session on “Building the ...

Pastors Gain Ministry Skills through Hospital Training

Current pastors and candidates for ministry gain insight for leadership and pastoral skills through hands-on clinical programs at Houston Methodist Hospital.   Many Texas Conference United Methodists know Houston Methodist Hospital for its excellent patient care. Perhaps a lesser known fact is that it’s also a training site for pastors and lay ministers seeking to grow in their leadership and care-giving skills. The program for clergy and seminary students is called Clinical Pastoral Education ...

The CONNECT Project: Collaborative Community Development

A unique partnership between St. Luke’s’ UMC - Gethsemane Campus and several community groups is designed to revitalize an entire neighborhood. “If the church is to transform Houston with the love of God and redemptive power of the gospel, then the time is now,” says Rev. David Horton, teaching pastor for St. Luke’s UMC Gethsemane campus in southwest Houston. “We find we can do more for the Kingdom by ministering with our neighbors rather than ministering to them,” he adds, “so St. Luke’s is ...

VCI Coaching Role Inspires Retired Clergy

Leaving the pulpit does not mean leaving the ministry for several retired/retiring pastors who are discovering the opportunity to coach congregations in the Vibrant Church Initiative.   Although he is approaching retirement, District Superintendent Rev. Bill Taylor says, “In no way do I envision myself going out to pasture.” In fact, he adds, “After 43 years of active ministry, I feel as strongly now as ever to respond to God's call on my life by serving God's church.  More than ever I believe ...

Cultivating Scriptural Imagination: Reading the Bible in Grace and Truth

Cultivating Scriptural Imagination: Reading the Bible in Grace and Truth with Bob Ekblad   Saturday, May 21 from 9:00-10:30 AM (Public Lecture) Bob Ekblad is founder and co-director of Tierra Nueva in Burlington, Washington, along with his wife Gracie. Together they minister at Tierra Nueva and at their homebased retreat center New Earth Refuge in the Skagit Valley. There, he works to serve immigrants from Latin America, inmates, homeless people, and people struggling with addictions. Bob holds...

How Volunteers Help - Disaster Recovery:

How Volunteers Help - Carol Greenslate discusses Disaster Recovery:

Keeping Families Together (JFON)

As we celebrate family this Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) remembers immigrants in Houston who are unable to be with their loved ones. In the last 10 months, the JFON clinics have provided advice to 163 individuals from 24 countries and the need continues to climb. One such client is a single mom and citizen of Honduras who fled her home country with her four young children after members of a violent gang assaulted her.  Upon arrival in the United States, this ...

May Brings Mega Opportunities for Youth Leaders and Youth

From intern training to conference gatherings, youth workers and those that aspire to lead youth have several activities to check out.   Summer ministry experiences abound for “all things youth” according to Rev. Eddie Irwin, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the conference. College students looking to get hands-on experience as pastoral interns can attend one of the upcoming trainings to be better equipped to “Invest in the Young.”   May 26 On May 26, St. Mark’s Pecore will host ...

Multi Ethnic Community - Church and Society Committee Breakfast

Don’t miss hearing Randall Butler, President and CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Peace when he speaks at the Church & Society Committee breakfast during Annual Conference in Room 339 on Tuesday, May 31 at  7 a.m. RSVP by contacting Cost will be $20 at the door.  

Registration Open for Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 27, 2016 – United Methodist clergywomen from around the world will gather in Houston August 29-31 to celebrate 60 years of full clergy rights for women in the Methodist tradition, and 20 years of the full-clergy-membership diaconate for United Methodist deacons. The gathering is the culmination of regional gatherings of United Methodist clergywomen that have taken place throughout the connection and will be held in the days leading up to the World Methodist Conference. ...

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