Learn about Helpful Resources on May 27


Churches attending Annual Conference can send their staff, finance or trustee chairs, or a lay representative to the Church Administration meeting that will be chock-full of beneficial information from four different organizations. This informational meeting will happen on Tuesday, May 27, 2014,  from 2-3:15 pm at the Hilton of the Americas in Room #338.

  • Learn What is Available through the Center for Connectional Resources:
Hear Peggy Miller, Managing Accountant, share a variety of resources and help that the TAC Center for Connectional Resources can provide. The purpose of the Center for Connectional Resources is to provide fiscal oversight, property management, and archives and records to undergird the mission and ministry of the Texas Annual Conference. The office is here to help churches when questions or issues arise, such as:  Who can help you?  What organization will help you develop your staff?  Who can help with a legal issue?  Who can help with information technology?  What software is available?  How can you protect your church and property?  
  • Learn how to save money through the Church CO+OP
Patti Malott is the Executive Director of Church Supplies & Services, Inc. (“ the Church CO+OP”), the original non-profit organization that saves churches, schools and non-profits time and money on goods, services and education.  She also serves as Director of the annual Texas Ministry Conference hosted each February in Houston, Texas, which draws in excess of 1,000 attendees. Patti will be sharing the many facets of the CO+OP and how churches and non-profit ministries can save money on goods, services, and education. She will bring with her many resources to share, including magazines, vendor listings, 2015 Texas Ministry Conference information, membership applications, and more. 
  • Hear the advantages of joining the Houston Chapter of the NACBA
Harry Fritzenschaft is Pastor of Operations & Life Groups for the Vineyard Church of Houston and has served as Treasurer, Vice President – Membership, and Vice President – Programming. Harry is currently serving as President of the Houston Metro chapter of NACBA for 2013-14 and has been a member of the Houston Metro chapter and national NACBA since 2005.  The Houston NACBA is a chapter of the National Association of Church Business Administration, an inter-denominational association of churches and individuals that serves the Church by advancing professional excellence in individuals serving Christ through administration in local churches.  Advantages of joining the Houston Chapter are the following: 

1)    Expand your network –problem-solve and share ideas with others in the same field

2)    Save money for your church – seminars and vendors that can save your church money

3)    Develop your professional skills – chapter speakers and conferences at the national level will help you develop more skills

4)    Protect your church—stay informed with tax changes and learn about educational materials available to you

5)    Strengthen your church’s staff -- develop your staff through education and seminars

  • Discover what Heartspring Methodist Foundation offers
Heartspring has served the churches and individual Methodists of the Texas Annual Conference for over 35 years. Church offerings include endowment development, loans, capital campaigns, stewardship education, and free online giving services. Individuals use Heartspring for free stock and securities processing, planned giving resources, and establishing charitable funds to support their church and other charities. Krystol Wheeler and Cara Leavelle will make a presentation on Heartspring focusing on what the foundation can offer churches and individuals. Visit www.heartspringmethodist.org for more information.