Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

8/24/2017
In 2010 Lynn Brown, principal at McDougle Elementary School in Houston, approached Pastor Dan Slagle of Faithbridge UMC with a shocking need. There were children at a Title 1 school in Faithbridge’s backdoor who were desperately hungry.   On the last day before each school holiday, the children went through the lunch line and stuffed their pockets full of food because they knew they wouldn’t eat lunch again until school was back in session. Faithbridge quickly responded to the need by providing ...

Collegiate Connection Launches

8/24/2017
There’s an easy new way for churches to stay in touch with their college students and seamlessly connect them with Wesley Foundation leaders.   The famous “Who’s on first?” comedy routine finds humor in the confusion of keeping up with baseball players. In a similar fashion, Wesley Foundations struggle every year to know, “Who’s attending our college and what churches are they from?”   With the launch of a new tool known as the Collegiate Connection, that age old dilemma of keeping track of ...

Experiencing Authentic Worship

8/24/2017
As Minister of Music & Fine Arts at Strawbridge UMC-Humble, Laurie Purcell believes everything from the first hello until the benediction should be a part of the authentic worship experience. Laurie’s volunteer position as chair of the TAC’s Committee on Authentic Worship gives her the opportunity to link arms with her other team members to offer insight, training, suggested resources and a listening ear to local churches of all sizes. “We’re putting together a tool kit with helpful ideas, ...

Handmade “Compassion City”

8/24/2017
Most families spend their summer relaxing by the pool, vacationing with friends or finding new adventures. The Damman family, members of Friendswood UMC, did something unique instead. They researched life in other cultures and built a small village of homes typical of Haiti, Angola, Bolivia, Viet Nam, Fiji and several others. The grass hut typical of Angola also featured a bow and arrow in the scenario. Each rustic building has its own story, with pictures and real life details. Inspired by the...

Meet Rachel Roark

8/24/2017
Rachel Roark’s journey to – and through -- the Texas Conference College Pastoral Internship Program has taken several God-shaped turns. “I grew up in a nondenominational church and stumbled upon Klein UMC by accident during high school when I was looking for a youth group to join,” shares Rachel. “I grew in my faith, community, and relationship with God, and I felt called to ministry shortly after graduation.” Learning about the TAC College Pastoral Internship Program, Rachel felt this ...

Power of Storytelling

8/24/2017
Whether a story captures your attention or heart has a lot to do with how it is presented. More than a dozen lay and clergy leaders from the TAC recently learned this firsthand at the 2017 Festival Gathering of Biblical Storytelling in Washington, DC. Attendee Rev. Michelle Hall, ChristChurch Sugarland, was fascinated to hear the differences when keynote presenters read the text of one story with several different styles. “In the story of Mary and Joseph finding young Jesus had lingered at the ...

Two-in-One

8/24/2017
With three boys of her own, Nicole Miller, takes children’s’ ministry at United Methodist Temple to heart, often pondering new ideas late into the night, in spite of her often-hectic schedule. When asked to serve as Day School Director as well as Children’s Ministry Director, she prayed for the courage and confirmation to serve two jobs in one. “I was ready for God to shut the doors on that idea, but He didn’t,” she admits. “I wanted to be obedient, and God has now blessed me with my assistant ...

Following Jesus: Church or No Church?

8/23/2017
Hearn Lecture Series - Following Jesus: Church or No Church?  Presented by Bishop Scott Jones September 24 and 25, 2017 at Moody Methodist Church.   The shape of religion in American culture is changing rapidly for a variety of reasons. Yet, the gospel is unchanging, and Jesus Christ is the same “yesterday and today and forever.” Bishop Jones will deliver the Hearn lectures to share how people can best follow Jesus today and what that means for God’s church in general and the United Methodist ...

Developing a Church Communication Plan

8/22/2017
Do you have a communication plan for your church? It's a way to outline what means of communication will be used to disseminate information to specific audiences. UMCOM has put together a list of resources to help churches develop a plan for their own community.  Learn More

“Know Thy Neighborhood”

8/9/2017
St. Mark’s newest clergy member already has his eyes – and heart – focused on his new mission field just miles from his new church on Pecore Street in Houston. The area is dubbed “Near Northside” and is considered a forgotten space between the upscale Heights area and the low income Fifth Ward area near the towering Houston skyline. Russell is getting outside of the church walls to facilitate unlikely relationships between the least, the last and the lost and provide a community to “do life ...

Church Videos Engage

8/9/2017
Forty-five percent of people surveyed are watching over an hour of video each week on Facebook or YouTube, and viewers are watching over 100 million hours of Facebook video each day. This positions the churches of the Texas Annual Conference to use video in new ways to connect and promote the work they are engaged in to help others glorify Christ.   Brant Mills, Associate Director of Media of the Texas Annual Conference shares a few ways that churches can begin to use video to get their message ...

Meet A.J. Dallas

8/9/2017
Truth be told, TAC College Pastoral Intern Aaron Dallas, Jr. (A. J.) started actively serving in church ministries at the young age of seven. He now finds himself serving as an intern at Foundry UMC in Cypress and enjoys reflecting on his journey to this point.   With parents who both balanced dual careers including pastoral roles, he recognizes his childhood was sculpted and molded in faith. Additionally, a variety of roles built his leadership skills along the way. A.J. knows that faith ...

Mentoring Toward Ministry

8/9/2017
Thanks to a Young Clergy Initiative grant from the Global Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Lakeview Methodist Conference Center will receive $64,700 over the next four years to expand and strengthen The Andrews Program (TAP). Created in 2012 through a generous gift from Dr. Duane and Patty Andrews of Tyler, TAP seeks to identify and encourage young persons who feel God is "tapping" them to serve. According to Lakeview President Rev. Matt Idom, TAP’s mission is to help assist each student ...

Miracles in Mission

8/9/2017
Serving God by Serving the Needy When the pastor of FUMC, Bullard approached Hazel to lead the church mission program, she knew right away that she wanted to begin close to home. With a passion for the suffering, and a meager $200.00 annual budget, Mission House was born. Hazel quickly realized that $200.00 per year was insufficient to meet her neighbors’ many needs, so she shared her vision with her community. Miracles followed as volunteers joined her in service, and donations poured in to ...

September Vision Days

8/9/2017
The ministry landscape is changing on a global scale, and many believers – and churches may not be ready. Instead of trying to get people in the pews on Sunday, what if the Church got creative about venturing out to wherever people gather? One such church in Florida has launched a Burritos and Bible ministry in the corner of a Mexican food restaurant. Others are starting spiritual discussions anywhere from parks to tattoo parlors.   Clergy and laity across the Texas conference will have the ...

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