The Texas Annual Conference is devoted to helping congregations step into the future and rise to meet God’s calling. The new Ministry Specialist Initiative (MSI) reflects that commitment, empowering churches with experts and the tools needed for success.

The MSI replaces the Vibrant Church Initiative (VCI). This previous structure offered a period of discernment. Then five prescriptions were determined to help the church. Specialists provided guidance for each recommendation.

With the MSI, the local church will be in the driver’s seat. Clergy or a congregational leader, with the help of the District Superintendent, will assess their own needs for improvement.

Instead of responding to the five recommendations, the church can then focus all of its energy on one area at one time. The congregation is matched with a specialist to assist them through the journey.

After assessing the churches goals and needs, the congregation is then matched with a specialist. There are 64 categories, each matches one of the Conference values, practices or areas of focus.

For instance, within the core value of “radical hospitality,” there are specialists available in communications, evangelism, hospitality ministries and marketing. Or for the focus on “investing in the young,” specialists are experienced in developing programs for children, confirmation, family, weekday school, young adult and youth ministries.

The cost of the first consultation, or “engagement,” with the Ministry Specialist is covered by the Conference. The remaining expenses will vary depending on the congregation’s needs and the expert involved, each project will be different.

The first engagement may be virtual, in person at the church or at the specialist’s office. After the first session, there is evaluation to ensure that the specialist is the right fit for the church. If not, adjustments will be made to continue to move forward.

If the pairing is successful, the process will continue, covenant will be signed, and the work begins.  After one area is addressed, churches may reapply and seek specialists for another concern.

We already have 135 qualified specialists and more specialists will be added. We encourage you to apply online. We are looking for people both clergy and laity inside and outside the TAC.

The MSI is a vast resource for churches, providing expertise to take them to a whole new level and help them better serve God’s kingdom.