Church Grows by 100 Members Due to Welcoming Ministry

7/10/2019
Photos Courtesy of Kristie Wood and Michael Vaughn By Lindsay Peyton   Making everyone feel welcome is the mission at A&M UMC. Senior pastor Preston Greenwaldt counts 101 new members who have joined since January – all drawn to the warmth of the church.   “Almost all of them say, ‘This feels like home,’” Greenwaldt explained.   July marks his fourth year as the senior pastor of the church – but he and his wife Kristin both attended the church while in college. When they walked in to assume ...

Church Transformed Into a Children’s Center for Literacy and Health

7/10/2019
En Español The bountiful 48,000 square foot space that held Bethany United Methodist Church for 68 years has been given new life and a new name, the United Methodist Children’s Center.   Bishop Jones expressed thanks to the past members of Bethany UMC, Houston for the vision they had along with the conference for the future of the children in this community.   “I believe this first Children’s Center will change the trajectory of the lives of under served children in this community.   He ...

Expert Shares Tips on How to Empower Youth in Leadership

7/10/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Clay Smallwood, director of student ministries at Lakewood UMC, Houston has some suggestions for ways to make youth ministry a success at your church, especially when it comes to empowering youth in leadership.   With 12 years of experience in student ministry and a master’s degree in youth ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, Smallwood lives and breathes the topic every day.   “If we can get this right and make students spiritual leaders at 14 to 18 years old, when ...

How to Get Plugged in to Missions Work in the UMC

7/10/2019
Mission work is not just for full time missionaries, everyone in the United Methodist Church can get involved. We talked to South Central Jurisdiction mission advocates David and Elizabeth McCormick while they were visiting our Annual Conference recently and followed up with a phone interview.   They explained the different ways we can serve in mission work, as short-term volunteers or serving as full time missionaries.   “A lot of the UMC members don’t even realize that the national UMC has a ...

Small Church Takes Bishop’s Challenge, Donates 776 Books to Local School

7/10/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Phelps UMC in Huntsville may be a small church – but members recently proved that the size of their hearts is what matters. The Rev.Aaron New, lay leader Allen Sapp and lifelong member Cindy Rohe recently gifted 700 books to the community, thanks to donations of church members. They hope their gift will inspire others to follow in their footsteps – and help send kids on a journey of learning and literacy.   Rohe and Sapp were both sitting together at the Annual ...

TUNE UP Worship Band Gathering

7/10/2019
Join Mark Swayze, DeAndre Johnson, and Craig Gilbert for the sixth annual "TUNE UP worship band gathering" Aug. 17, 2019 at Christ UMC, Sugar Land. For those who have never experienced this event, it is an opportunity for contemporary worship musicians to learn and grow with specific learning tracks for worship leaders, vocalists, drummers, guitarists (all varieties), keyboardists, and sound techs. There will also be sessions available on a range of other topics vital to contemporary worship. ...

Vacation Bible School Photo Contest

7/5/2019
We are looking for a great image to promote VBS this summer. Please submit your best photo as a comment on the Facebook post below or email bmills@txcumc.org. Contest ends July 31, 2019, and is open to all churches in the Texas Annual Conference.  

Cultivating Families Works to Get Faith-Based Communities Involved in Adoption and Foster Care

6/27/2019
Denise Hansen is passionate about finding families willing to adopt or foster a child. She has personally fostered four and adopted one — and encourages her friends to open their homes to children in need.  She discovered Cultivating Families, a nonprofit that inspires faith-based communities to care for foster and adopted children and learned that founder Rev. Amy Bezecny was doing on a large scale exactly what Hansen wanted to accomplish. See the full article at Chron.com  

Growing a Younger Generation of the Church: Pizza and Praise

6/26/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Children’s ministry at FUMC Canton is taking off – and soaring to new heights as it develops its youngest disciples.   When the Rev. Adam Muckleroy was appointed to the church two years ago, he noticed that children’s ministry was practically non-existent.   “There was nothing in place,” he recalled. “It had fallen by the wayside. We were at a point where we needed to get something going again, and we wanted to make something happen.”      What the church did have going, ...

Ministry Storytelling Increases Generosity

6/26/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton En Español   Many churches across the TAC use a powerful form of storytelling right before the offering to increase giving and maintain tithing. It’s subtle, but effective.   Each Sunday, the Rev. Pat Sparks uses this storytelling method with his church. He calls it the “Life Changing Story.” This serves as both as an opportunity to raise awareness of the church’s ministries, as well as a call to members, asking them to be generous and keep up the good work, says Sparks, ...

One Church Saving Money by Sharing Space

6/26/2019
By Lindsay Peyton En Español   At first glance, Parkwood and Emanuel UMC seem to have little in common. Soon, however, the congregations will be sharing something big – their home and worship space. By working together, both congregations are already finding what they were looking for.   Parkwood UMC has struggled to fill its pews for a while, Pastor Royce Scott said. He has led the church for the past 15 years.   When Scott first arrived, his flock numbered about 30. He built it up to more 70...

Small Town Fireworks, Hotdogs, Fish Fry and Jesus

6/26/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton   Between watching fireworks light up the night sky and singing the Star-Spangled Banner, there are plenty of opportunities for fellowship during the Fourth of July. A few TAC churches are making the most of the holiday – by spending the day together.   The Rev. Cindy Doran, at Lufkin’s Bethlehem UMC, has planned Independence Day celebrations at the church since she has served as its senior pastor. The congregation has gathered for the event well before her tenure, for about...

Top Notch Literacy Training in Churches Prevents Summer Slide

6/26/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton En Español   HYPE Freedom Schools are built around stopping the summer slide -- that detrimental loss of learning that occurs over the break from the school. The program also instills a love of reading that can last way into the future. The TAC is hosting four Freedom Schools this summer – and doing its part to enrich children from the community.   Freedom Schools were developed by the Children’s Defense Fund and are rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964. ...

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center Names Joshua D. Pulver Chief Executive Officer

6/25/2019
Palestine, TX – After a comprehensive search by a Selection Committee and KALEIDOSCOPE inc., Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is pleased to announce that Joshua D. Pulver has been named CEO/President to the camp, conference and retreat center, effective September 16, 2019.   According to Jim McPhail, Lakeview’s Board Chair, “We know Josh will be a great fit for Lakeview as its new leader.  There is no doubt that the camping ministry is his calling. He has been a camp director at a Methodist ...

Perkins Offers Certification in Spiritual Direction

6/25/2019
SMU's Perkins School of Theology is offering a certification in spiritual direction. Their spiritual direction program seeks to equip individuals who feel called to serve as spiritual directors for others. Students complete a series of 8 courses over three years and attend regular meetings with their own spiritual directors.   Throughout the program, students are equipped to listen, pray, and ask questions in a fashion that encourages directees to look for the movement of the Holy Spirit in ...

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