Ministry Conference RECAP Lunch ‘N Learn November 12


More than 20 leaders representing the Texas Conference Christian Educators Fellowship (TCCEF) were right at home in their boots and cowboy hats at CEF2014: May the Circle be Unbroken conference in Nashville last month. About 275 leaders from across the country gathered to learn from experts, share best practices and create networks that will expand and enhance discipleship ministries for all ages. The group filled the grand entry of the Country Music Hall of Fame at the opening night gala with speaker Jack Seymour, renowned educator from Garrett School of Theology. Each morning, Rosemary Brown, one of the first women ordained as an elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference, led Bible study in her memorable style that recalled her experiences living out biblical faith in Appalachian missions with youth, as a Christian educator in a Nashville church during the civil rights movement, and as an active pastor today at the age of 78.
Everyone had the opportunity to talk with and learn from well-known authors, professors, pastors and trainers in the field of Christian education and spiritual formation such as Barbara Bruce, Delia Halverson, Jim Harnish, Jessica LaGrone, Carol Krau, Rob Fuquay, Sarah Wilke and the staff of the Upper Room and many staffers from the General Board of Discipleship and United Methodist Publishing House. The intimate settings in the workshops and meals gave participants the chance to connect with people we can continue to collaborate with in the future.
Learn from Attendees’ Insight
TCCEF will present a recap of the conference on Wednesday, November 12, at noon at St. Paul’s UMC in Houston near the TAC office on Main Street.
Participants at the CEF lunch on November 12 will learn how to:

  • Adapt ideas from a workshop to their particular setting
  • Collaborate and network with local and national ministry leaders
  • Incorporate spiritual formation practices and creative teaching techniques into traditional settings like Bible studies and Sunday School
  • And will also hear about: communities of practice, technology tools, intergenerational and milestone ministry.
Attendee Teresa Rossy, Chapelwood UMC, Houston says, “All are invited to attend and get ideas and best practices for their congregation.  The Texas group who attended the Nashville training are eager to share what we learned and work with as many churches and ministries as possible.” To reserve a spot at the luncheon ($12), RSVP with Susie Crafton, learn more about the national organization, go to or on Facebook, Christian Educators Fellowship.