2016 Clergy Gathering

6/29/2016
The Clergy Gathering is a special time for renewal, relaxation and conversation with your peers. All clergypersons are invited to attend—this includes provisional and ordained elders, provisional and ordained deacons, associate members, and part or full time local pastors. For 2016, The Gathering will be September 26 – 27 at Lakeview Registration Information at: http://www.txcumc.org/2016gathering 

50 Ways to Welcome Your New Pastor

6/27/2016
Churches can always find new ways to help new pastors make a positive transition. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary has posted a list of 50 ways to welcome a new pastor and includes ideas such as: -Begin praying daily for the new pastor and family, even as you continue to pray for your departing pastor and family. -Make sure the pastor’s spouse and children, if applicable, are invited to Sunday School and other appropriate small groups. -Have a small group on...

What is a United Methodist?

6/27/2016
People at the 2016 Texas Annual Conference talk about being United Methodist and what that means to them. Visit http://www.wearemore.faith/ to learn more.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Bishop Selection Process

6/23/2016
Learn more about the key steps and best practice considerations involved in the election and appointment of new Bishops.   When it comes to deciding which Bishop serves where, some may picture the decision being made in a room filled with people arguing and negotiating trades. “Nothing could be further from the reality of our process,” shares Don House, who serves as TAC Delegate to General/Jurisdictional Conference and chair of the South Central Jurisdictional (SCJ) Committee on Episcopacy.  ...

Amy Walker Announced as New Director of Wesley Foundation, Lamar University

6/23/2016
After a national search, The Transitional Board of Advisors is pleased to announce Rev. Amy Walker as the New Director of the Wesley Foundation at Lamar University, effective August 1, 2016.  Amy is a commissioned Deacon in the Texas Annual Conference. She grew up in Mauriceville, TX, graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders as well as a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education.  After teaching deaf education in the public schools and Lamar University, Amy ...

Bishop Huie Speaks in Orlando

6/23/2016
Over a year ago, Bishop Huie was asked to present an address about leadership to the 2016 Florida Annual Conference in Orlando. No one could have envisioned the tragedy that took place in Orlando just 5 days before her speech. As she began, she first shared with the delegates an expression of condolence from the people of the Texas Annual Conference, “I want to begin by expressing our sympathy, our prayers, and our support for you, the Florida Annual Conference, for the people of Orlando, and ...

First UMC Angleton Hosts “Fifty Shades of Grace”

6/23/2016
This 50-day post Easter campaign promoted spiritual growth in a highly shareable fashion.   If only…The Book would get as much attention as the book -- Fifty Shades of Grey -- that topped best-seller lists around the world last year for less than honorable reasons.   “When I heard about the Fifty Shades book and all of the hoopla surrounding it, the first thing that popped into my head was an idea to bring good out of bad,” shares Rev. John R. Black, Angleton First UMC. “I remembered that there ...

Flood Recovery Story Sends Message of Inspiration

6/23/2016
UMCOR joined forces with Race2Rebuild Texas and other partners to bless two of Houston’s flood survivors with the help of the Texas Annual Conference Mission Depot staff.   Mrs. Whitfield is a very gracious 81-year-old widow, on a fixed income. Her only wish at this point in her life is to spend her remaining days in the home that her husband built, room by room. However the floodwaters that have repeatedly ravaged Texas over the last year have interrupted that dream in a muddy and ...

Methodist Retirement Communities Unveils New Community

6/23/2016
Community leaders, including Mayor Pat Hallisey and State Sen. Larry Taylor were on hand to commemorate Methodist Retirement Communities’ unveiling of newest senior living community, The Crossings. The Crossings is a life care community in League City, TX designed to serve up to 300 residents, with a wide range of amenities and services offered in different residential neighborhoods including: Woodland Creek at The Crossings independent living apartment homes, The Forest assisted living, The ...

New District Superintendent Assignments

6/23/2016
As Rev. Chuck Huffman heads to serve as the North District Superintendent, Rev. Anthony Vinson follows as East District Superintendent – each leveraging relationships, history and joint planning to make the most of these exciting new adventures. There are obvious methods, synergies and even homecomings at work behind the personnel changes in two districts that were announced in February to fill the shoes of longtime North District Superintendent Rev. Bill Taylor. Rev. Chuck Huffman in some ways...

Retired Librarians Set Up Library for Juveniles in Prison

6/23/2016
Juveniles serving sentences in adult prisons are discovering they love to read, thanks to passionate dedication of librarians wanting to Invest in the Young.   Rodolfo was 15 when Edward Davis, a St. Luke's UMC, Houston member was asked to mentor him through the reVision program. “At the start of their mentoring relationship, my husband said Rodolfo was not a reader,” says Suzanne Davis, a former high school librarian. All that changed once he read the first book in the Left Behind series that ...

St. Andrews UMC Impacts Teens Through Purity Class

6/23/2016
By creating a safe and supportive environment, St. Andrews UMC provided a dozen young girls with insight on the importance of seeing themselves as God sees them.   Working as a teacher within the public school system gave St. Andrews UMC Houston member Stacey Wiseman a ‘reality check’ on the issues young people face in today’s culture. Stacey and Carolyn Lethridge, co-chairs of the United Methodist Young Unique Ladies (UMYUL), came up with an idea this spring to provide for Godly guidance “out ...

St. Luke’s UMC Bryan Helps Make Ministry Memorable

6/23/2016
From unique painting classes to surprises within the sermon, St. Luke’s UMC, Bryan leaders are discovering the power of creating positive “buzz.”   Imagine showing up for church and the pastor is nowhere to be found. The music begins, followed by prayer and announcements - still no pastor?  As this was happening to members of St. Luke’s UMC in Bryan, their attention turned to a video played on the screens in the church. Surprisingly, they soon saw a close up view of their pastor, Rev. Jeff ...

Changing Church for a Changing World: A Fresh Expressions Vision Day

6/22/2016
For 35 years, The Kinder Institute at Rice University has conducted a survey of our geographic region. Part of this study surveys the religious habits of those within the bound of our Annual Conference. In 2009, 64% of respondents said they had attended church in the past month. In 2015, only 45% of the residents polled said they attended a religious service in the last month. This is just under a 20 percentage point drop in 6 years.   That marked a major milestone for the region: for the first ...

Sustaining the Courage to Serve

6/22/2016
A 2016-2017 Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series for clergy in the UMC Texas Annual Conference Do you wish you had more time to pause, reflect, and reconnect with your calling? Do you feel isolated and long for a community where you can candidly share your successes and failures without being judged? Do you want space to explore spiritual practices that can strengthen your faith and ministry? If so, consider joining colleagues in Sustaining the Courage to Serve. In this retreat-based program, ...

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