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June 3, 2021

 Annual Conference 2021 wrap up

“Faith, Hope, Love” were essential to navigating the challenges of the past year. Those three powerful words became the theme of the 52nd Texas Annual Conference, held Sunday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 1. Those words, referencing Corinthians, also inspired Bishop Scott J. Jones’ Episcopal Address, which kicked off the event. He explained that despite facing difficulty and uncertainty, the Conference discovered new ways to move forward and has strengthened its mission.


A challenge to focus on Faith, Hope & Love despite difficult year

Bishop Scott J. Jones’ Episcopal Address at this year’s Annual Conference focused on the event’s theme, “Faith, Hope, Love.” The words are drawn from 1 Corinthians:13, “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

Texas Annual Conference votes on Bering UMC’s departure

Bering Church, a congregation with a long history in Houston, is in the concluding stages of leaving the Texas Annual Conference. During the recent Annual Conference, the motion passed for the congregation to separate from the United Methodist Church, with 867 for and 21 against.

Youngest singers ever opened worship at Annual Conference 2021

Worship returned live and in-person to Annual Conference this year. The event’s theme of “Faith, Hope and Love” was woven through each session.

Texas Conference reduces budget by almost $1 million

The 2022 budget for the Texas Annual Conference will reduce spending by about $1 million. The savings will empower churches and districts to pursue their missions.

 

 
 
Other News

Opportunities

Two New Chairs Highlight Perkins’ Wesleyan Connections

Perkins School of Theology announces the appointment of two new holders of two endowed chairs: Dr. Rebekah Miles as the Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology and Dr. Ted Campbell as the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies. Both appointments begin on June 1, 2021. The recommendations were made by Perkins Dean Craig C. Hill and supported by the unanimous vote of those holding chairs at the Perkins School of Theology.
 

Churches meeting 100 percent apportionments

The Texas Annual Conference would like to thank all of the churches that met 100 percent of their apportionments this year.
 
 

TAC 2021 FAQs 

Last year we introduced our virtual session of Annual Conference with the acknowledgement, “We’ve Never Done It This Way Before.” This year’s session will be more like, “Didn’t We Do Something Like This Last Time.” Our amazing Tech Team helped to develop a list of Frequently Asked Questions to make this year’s session easier for you.

Find Worship Online

Looking for a way to worship without leaving the house?

A number of churches in the Texas Annual Conference are posting sermons online.

You don’t have to miss a service if you’re out of town or if you prefer to stay at home. Viewers can also enjoy multiple preaching styles and even virtually “attend” different churches. There’s a lot going on Sundays in the TAC that you won’t want to miss. 
Sermons are often available to livestream on Sunday and several congregations also record services for on-demand viewing. Check them out at: https://www.txcumc.org/sermons 


We would like to include your church in this list. Please let us know if you are posting a resource online by sending a link to: communications@txcumc.org

 

Churches in the News

United Methodist Churches are making headlines – leading the way through ministry, outreach and discipleship. Amazing stories about our local congregations in the Texas Annual Conference are popping up – and news publications around the country are spreading the word about UM churches. Read all about it.
June 1 - July 1
Applications will be accepted from June 1 until July 1 from congregations interested in joining Perkins School of Theology’s Testimony HQ grant-funded initiative. 
June 13 - 16
The 2021 Texas Annual Conference Local Pastor Licensing School is set for Sunday, June 13 thru Wednesday, June 16 and registration is now open.

June 14 - 26
Texas Youth Academy draws the best students, staff, professors, & artists from across the country.  Form Faith friendships with others looking to deepen their discipleship. 

Multiple Dates
Loving Houston has multiple upcoming workshops on Church School Partnerships & Leadership Gatherings.

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