Appointment Announcements

2/15/2017
The latest appointment announcements are now available at http://www.txcumc.org/appointmentannouncements

Thank You for Your Extravagant Generosity

2/14/2017
TAC extends a special thank you to the 562 congregations that paid their apportionments in full during this past year.. See the full list (PDF)

Rev. Morris Matthis Named Conference Director of New Faith Communities

2/11/2017
Effective July 1, Central North District Superintendent Rev. Morris Matthis will join the staff of the Texas Annual Conference as Director of New Faith Communities.   In the sixth year of a 6-year term as district superintendent of the Central North district, Rev. Morris Matthis has just learned of his next ministry adventure. Bishop Scott Jones and the TAC Cabinet have appointed him Director of New Faith Communities, to fill the position recently vacated by Rev. Jeff Olive who is now pastoring ...

Texas’ members and ‘Conversation Partners’ Share Insight from the Commission on a Way Forward

2/11/2017
Texans Leah Taylor, Rev. Jessica LaGrone and Rev. Tom Lambrecht are helping the Commission listen to diverse voices and obtain input and prayerful thought to foster unity and trust throughout the denomination.   “Our first Commission meeting left me both more discouraged and more hopeful than when I arrived. More discouraged because the struggles of our Church are so much more painful when they have faces. Sitting around a table for four days with 31 other United Methodists, I could hear in a ...

“ABIDE” Pilot Program Underway for Churches Worshipping under 50

2/9/2017
A dozen small churches in the North, Northwest and East districts are forming an ABIDE pilot group geared to boost their effectiveness at learning, leading and loving.   For years, overworked and burned out pastors and leaders have tried to no avail to turn the tide from that of a church in decline to one of transformation and health. This is particularly challenging for a church with a solo pastor or even part-time clergy – which happens to be the staffing model for the largest percentage of ...

Bible Study, Facebook Style

2/9/2017
Leaders are discovering that Facebook Bible studies can bring people together for instant and ongoing interaction without the logistical hurdles of travel time, babysitters, and personal schedules.    Social media forums such as Facebook provide a great way to engage Christians and non-Christians in dialogue together, provide non-threatening environment for Biblically-inspired discussion, and many churches believe it facilitates deeper relationships within the church as well. The flexibility of ...

Crossroads Celebrates 15 Years

2/9/2017
Crossroads at Park Place celebrated their 15-year anniversary of ministering to the homeless and poor in Southeast Houston with a luncheon to honor their founders and long-time volunteers.  For the first 14 years of operation Crossroads was 100% volunteer run!  It was only recently that the first employee was hired.  Volunteers are the heart and engine of Crossroads.  These dedicated individuals run the programs and provide all services to the participants.  Volunteers come from all over ...

In Honor or Black History Month: Hear Historic Leaders Address Significant Issues

2/9/2017
Historic audio discovered in the Methodist archives is giving voice to prominent denominational and national leaders, for the benefit of current and future generations.   When the Methodist Church first created Night Call in 1965, the show was the first national call-in radio program in America. The church restarted the program in 1968 because of the turmoil of the Civil Right struggle, the ongoing war in Vietnam, and turbulence in American society. This one-hour radio program, heard on scores ...

Mission Center Grand Opening

2/9/2017
There will be a short grand opening ceremony and service of dedication followed by tours of the new Mission Center and Heritage / Archive Center buildings in Conroe on February 28 at 1 PM.  There will be food and fellowship, as well as an opportunity for hands on mission verifying UMCOR Health Kits. See Brochure for more information (PDF) 

Pastoral Internship Project for College Students

2/9/2017
To encourage a diverse group of gifted young candidates to enter pastoral service in the Texas Annual Conference, and to equip local congregations to identify and encourage persons with appropriate gifts and graces and a clear sense of call to commit to pastoral ministry, the Center for Clergy Excellence offers a pastoral internship for college students.   Interns are sent to serve local churches for several weeks each summer. Interns receive a stipend for their work and connect with one another...

Perritte Memorial UMC Launches Fine Arts Outreach Program for Students

2/9/2017
Thanks to a grant from the Moody Endowment, Perritte UMC in the East District is offering group music lessons as an outreach initiative to local elementary students.   Where there’s a will – and grant money – there’s a way.   “I often had students asking to be taught how to play the piano, but they could not afford private lessons,” shares teacher Nicole Stewart, who also serves Perritte UMC as music director. “On a whim, we applied for the Moody Endowment grant to start the after school ...

Registration Open for Texas Youth Academy Program Assistants, Mentors and Students

2/9/2017
When it comes to deepening discipleship, July is always extra special for leaders and students attending the annual Texas Youth Academy. Anyone in Texas can apply. Former Texas Youth Academy (TYA) participants offer the best publicity for one of the most powerful discipleship training opportunities hosted by the Texas Annual Conference. One student describes the lasting impact this way. “TYA is something I think about daily, and not lightly at that. I can truly say that TYA changed my life ...

Wellness Opportunity Through Golden Care Ministry & Houston Methodist Hospital

2/9/2017
Methodist Hospital receives funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation so that we may offer free mammograms to uninsured persons in the community.  During this grant cycle we were given double the usual funds and therefore we need to reach double the number of women to maintain funding.  Mammograms are offered through The Rose Mobile Mammography Unit and can be scheduled through:   Monique Gongora Academic Research Coordinator Methodist Cancer Clinic 713-441-3926   There are multiple dates and ...

Civil Rights Leader to Speak Thursday at Wiley College

2/8/2017
Civil rights leader James Lawson, who worked and marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and trained then emerging civil rights leaders, including congressman John Lewis, on the principles of nonviolent resistance, will speak at Wiley College at 11 a.m. on Thursday February 9th in the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel as part of the school's Distinguished Lecture Series and Religious Emphasis Week activities.   More information from Marshall News Messenger

Ethnic In-Service Training Grant Applications Open Through March 1

2/8/2017
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) opened grant applications for initiatives and programming designed to recruit, train and retain ethnically diverse United Methodists in leadership positions in every level of the church and its ministries. The Ethnic In-Service Training Grant (EIST) awards up to $10,000 for innovative minority training programs; the application is open now through March 1, 2017.   The EIST grant is open to local churches and organizations associated with...

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