Congregational Excellence Newsletter

Texas Annual Conference: Our Vision

Vibrant, growing congregations changing lives and reshaping futures for Jesus Christ.


Texas Annual Conference: Our Mission

Equip congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation

of the world to the glory of God.


Center for Congregational Excellence: Our Purpose

is to connect and equip local congregations and new church start leaders with tools and resources for congregational revitalization, transformation and vitality in communities they serve. Two main priorities of the Center for Congregational Excellence are new church development and congregational transformation / revitalization.


 Child Care Workers for Annual Conference

Application are currently being taken for child care workers for our 2019 session of Annual Conference. This year, the people called Methodists of the Texas Annual Conference will gather at the Hilton Americas – Houston May 26-29. Caregivers are needed for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-aged children. For more information on these positions, contact Stephanie Denham, Conference Child Care Coordinator, at


Connectional VBS

Vacation Bible Schools are a great way to share the hope of Christ with children and families throughout the Texas Annual Conference. While many of our churches have access to seemingly limitless resources to bring the message to life, other churches struggle to access even the most basic supplies necessary for this ministry to those in their neighborhoods and communities. Since one of the goals of We Love All God’s Children is to equip local churches with needed resources for ministries such as Vacation Bible School, we are asking churches with the ability to share VBS resources at the close of the big week to list that availability so that churches with need might make use of your sets, CDs, decorations, craft supplies, etc. To be part of our Connectional VBS, please send your church name and contact information, date of your VBS, and which VBS you are using (To Mars and Beyond, Whoosh, Roar, etc.) to Beginning April 1st, we will post the data to our website ( so that churches may contact one another to make arrangements for sharing. Still have VBS leftovers from years past? Feel free to share those resources as well!


Planning for Children

Ready to take a first step or next step? Contact Director Rev. Jill Daniel

at for more information on We Love All God’s Children.




Youth Worker Retreat

We’re looking forward to our time

at Old Moon Retreat Center (Near Montgomery) to catch our breath. This retreat is open to anyone who works with young people.









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A spiritual journey for young adults that takes you to places in England where Methodism began. If you are interested in delving into the Weslayan history and English culture.

Visit our website


Texas Youth Academy (TYA) is unique in its profound confidence of teenagers' capacities for theological leadership and a commitment to giving these young people concrete opportunities to put this into practice. Each opportunity cultivates adolescents’ ability to wrestle with thorny theological subjects, giving them confidence in their faith 

agency.  They also encounter a myriad of ways in which others live their lives for God. 

Visit our website


YOUTH 2019 is for all United Methodist Youth, grades 6 - 12 and their leaders.

Join thousands for 4 days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ.

Visit our website

Youth Worker Cruise

This is not a vacation!


This is a conference-sponsored continuing education event. A variety of seminars will be offered during the week, and we worship together daily.


Our self-care theme this

year is "Finding ways to be pastored in order to effectively shepherd others."

Visit our website

Registration is completely online and is now open at

Mission Field Ministries

United Methodist Men’s Top Golf Outing

 May 18, 2019 12:30pm -3:30pm

(Food & Drinks not included)

   21401 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas 77598 (next to Academy)

ALL MEN INVITED!! The United Methodist Men are getting together for Fun, Fellowship and Golf. This is an outreach fellowship program to all men that want fellowship and want to meet other UMM members and learn about our programs. A Top Golf membership is $5 for Top Golf at Webster, Texas and UMM will reserve 4 bays for golfing fellowship, outreach to event members and friends. 


Contact Phil Palma at or 281-704-6851 or

Todd Zimbeck at for more information

Mission u 2019 registration is now open. Please visit Also, you will not be able to purchase study book at the event. You must order one prior to event and you can do so on our Mission u page.

We have put together a page on our website dedicated to remembering United Methodist Women in our conference which is now on our In Remembrance page.

Don't Forget, we're are not having our annual luncheon, instead we are doing a Brown Bag Special donation for two special missions. The Wesley Community Center, located in Houston Texas Methodist Children’s Home located in Waco, Texas. Donate below or visit our site at

Spirit Journey – A Spiritual Renewal Experience


Spirit Journey is a 3 day, 2 night faith-enriching experience presented in conjunction with the Texas Conference and Upper Room Ministries. In its fourteenth year, Spirit Journey is headed up by a team of lay and clergy from across the Conference.


It will be held October 17-19 at Lakeview Conference Center, this year’s presenter will be Amy Oden, Ph.D. who is currently a professor at Saint Paul Seminary in Oklahoma City, OK. Dr. Oden is a sought-out speaker and retreat leader and will lead from her most current book, Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness. She will guide retreat participants in rediscovering the ancient Christian practice of mindfulness. Prayerful attention to God’s presence “right here right now” leads us deeper into our relationship with our Creator.



For more information contact Pastor Barbara Fyffe, or call 281-485-1466.

CLM Group Consultation Meetings with CLM Consultant 

Rev. Dan Hoke and and Dir. Lay Ministries, Anna Rohde 

These meetings include a program covering educational ministry material, fellowship and question and answer period.

All are welcome to attend. They are held on Saturdays from

10 am to 12 noon.


CLM Group Consultation Meeting Date is: March 30th at 10 am at Kingwood UMC


Ms. Anna M. Rohde, Conference Director of Lay Ministries

 Texas Conference - 903.758-7003 Office

903.758-6115  Fax  - 903.522-0490 Cell

Center for Congregational Excellence

Texas Annual Conference UMC