Conference-Wide Charis Training Open to All


This fall, the Charis Spiritual Director Training Program of the Texas Annual Conference will conduct informational sessions about spiritual direction at six locations throughout the conference. Open to all, these Sunday afternoon gatherings will explore what spiritual direction is and isn’t, how it differs from other ministries, how it serves individuals and churches, and how one can find a spiritual director. The sessions will also provide an overview of the Charis training program, which will soon accept applications for Class 4. 


These gatherings, hosted by Charis board/faculty members, will benefit those who are sensing a call to seek spiritual direction as well as those who wish to learn more about the Charis training program. There is no cost and no need to make a reservation to enjoy a time of fellowship, exploration and discovery. Class 3, now completing its third and final year of training, will graduate in June, 2014, joining more than 50 Charis graduates who are already serving the Conference in various capacities. To receive a Class 4 application, you may sign up at one of the gatherings or contact the Charis program coordinator Becky Oates: 713-562-8637 or To learn more about the Charis program, visit the website:


Charis board chair, Rev. Glynden Bode, says: “The training program and the Charis Gathered Community for graduates both serve the entire Texas Annual Conference. In choosing the locations for these sessions, we’ve sought to provide wide geographical coverage. Our training attracts men and women, both lay and clergy, from all districts and we want to continue to represent and to serve all areas of the TAC.”


Exploring Spiritual Direction - Sunday Afternoons in September & October


South District: Bay Harbour UMC, League City September 22, 3-4:30 pm

Contact: Connie Bovier - 832-385-4726 or Rev. Tom Bain – 832-498-1212


Northwest District: Pollard Memorial UMC, Tyler September 22, 3-4:30 pm

Contact: Rev. Stephanie Scott – 903-262-0304 or Fran Ayers - 903-574-6884


West District: Christ UMC, College Station October 6, 3:30-5pm

Contact: Becky Oates – 713-562-8637 or Rev. Tommy Myrick – 979-595-6022


 Central South District: St. Mark's UMC (on Pecore), Houston October 13, 3-4:30 pm

Contact: Rev. Glynden Bode – 281-222-4385 or Barb Dyar 281-537-6770


Central North District: First United Methodist Church, Conroe October 20, 4-5:30 pm

Contact: Ann Paxton – 936-448-2291 or Becky Oates – 713-562-8637


Southeast District: St. Paul UMC, Beaumont November 3, 3-4:30 pm

Contact: Rev. Ruby Nelson – 409-781-6798 or Rev. Beverly Tune – 936-522-6182