General Conference Information and Resources

"Remember to keep the main thing the main thing, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Bishop Scott J. Jones General Conference 2019 - Special Session The Council of Bishops announced the call to a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.The special meeting of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly will be limited to acting on a report by Council of Bishops, based on the proposals from the Commission on the Way ...

Harry Denman Evangelism Award Accepting Nominations

The Harry Denman Evangelism Award, sponsored by The Foundation for Evangelism, honors United Methodists in each Annual Conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.   What distinguishes a Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient is the commitment to consistently introduce others to the Good News of Jesus Christ in all ministry settings. Their ministry is exceptional for the number of new Christ Followers who credit ...

Christ UMC Choir Set to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Nearly 30 choir members from Christ Church Sugar Land will discover that firsthand Monday night, when they will join dozens of other singers from as far away as New Zealand to perform Dan Forrest’s “LUX: The Dawn From On High” in Carnegie Hall’s largest performance space, the Isaac Stern Auditorium. See article in Houston Chronicle  

TCCEF Discipleship Pathways Workshop March 27

Texas Conference Christian Educators Fellowship (TCCEF) is hosting a Discipleship Pathways Workshop led by Ascending Leaders’ team members Peter Cammarano and Marilyn Wadkins. It’s scheduled for Wednesday, March 27 from 8:30 to 3:00 at St. Paul’s UMC, Houston. The event is designed to give staff and lay leaders the tools for developing or upgrading a discipleship pathway for their congregations. See flyer to learn more. 

Trinity UMC Reaches Out to Community with Health Fair

The health fair hosted by Trinity UMC, Houston on February 16 was a success. Event info See video:

Rev. Morris Matthis to Serve as Interim Director of Clergy Excellence

For immediate release – February 14, 2019 -- Beginning July 1, 2019, the Rev. Morris Matthis will serve as the interim Director of The Center for Clergy Excellence as well as the Director of New Faith Communities. He will be succeeding the Rev. Gail Ford Smith who will be retiring in May 2019. “Gail has had an effective ministry in this capacity and has been such a blessing to our Conference,” said Bishop Scott Jones.   Bishop Jones said that having Morris serve in this role for one year is an ...

100 Years and Counting: McKinney Memorial Celebrates

File photo: In 1919 in the home of the late Rev. Sandy Williams, located on Highway 75 (now I-45) in La Marque, Texas, a group of 12 members organized the Highland Chapel Methodist Church. This was the birth of what today is known as McKinney Memorial United Methodist Church. Courtesy McKinney Memorial UMC. By: Sherri Gragg Three months after the end of the Civil War, Squire and Jane McKinney welcomed their newborn son into the world. As African Americans pioneering a new post-slavery America,...

Awakening: Woodlands Music Goes on Tour

By: Sherri Gragg   Five years ago, The Woodlands Pastor of Contemporary Worship and Community Growth, Mark Swayze, joined the New Room conference as the worship leader. The first year, the conference hosted 400 pastors and lay leaders. Each year since, attendance has doubled.   Along the way, conference leaders noticed college students began attending. “We really just had a heart for them,” said Swayze. “and began to talk about having a conference just for them. Eventually, someone suggested we...

GC 2019 is Almost Here: Resources to Help Your Church

Images by United Methodist Communications.   Purveyors of Truth and Calmness The TAC Communications Department has put together a variety of resources for the conference churches as the denomination moves closer to the Special Session of General Conference 2019 (GC2019). “These resources are designed to help pastors and lay leaders understand what is happening prior to GC2019,” said Shannon W. Martin, Director of Communications for the Texas Annual Conference. “As pastors and leaders in our ...

Lent, Easter, Maundy, and Ashes: Bishop Jones Answers Your Questions

By: Bishop Scott Jones   As the Lenten and Easter season approaches, Bishop Scott Jones answers the questions you are asking about the season.   1.  Q: What is Lent?  A: Lent is the season preceding Easter, set aside for repentance, prayer and fasting. The season lasts for 40 days, excluding Sundays, in remembrance of the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness fasting in preparation for his earthly ministry. The word “Lent” is derived from the Old English word, “lencten” which means “spring.”   ...

Sixty-Six Percent of Christian Kids Walk Away from Faith in College: How Marvin UMC is Discipling the Next Generation of Leaders

By: Sherri Gragg   The lights burn late into the night on Wednesday evenings at Marvin UMC. It isn’t a prayer vigil, board meeting, or a pastoral intervention.   It is an invasion.   Every Wednesday night, more than 40 college students descend on the campus of Marvin UMC. They eat together and hang out for hours, regularly lingering until 11:00 p.m. But first, they have Bible study, and whatever you do, don’t try to serve them any fluff. These kids want solid Biblical teaching.   “I had what I ...

TAC Representatives to Visit U.S.-Mexico Border with Texas Impact “Courts and Ports”

Photos and story by: Scott Moore - En Español   Courts and Ports Through the Center for Missional Excellence, seven representatives from the Texas Annual Conference will visit the United States-Mexico border to assess first-hand the humanitarian needs of our immigrant brothers and sisters as they arrive at our borders.   The group will participate in a program called “Courts and Ports” through Texas Impact. Texas Impact, an inter-faith organization based in Austin, Texas, seeks to address ...

The Power of One Caring Adult: CASA

By: Sherri Gragg - En Español   On an average of 54 times each day in Texas, a traumatized child who is the victim of abuse and/or neglect, is separated from everyone and everything he or she knows to enter the foster care system. For weeks, months, and even years, the child will gather his or her few belongings in a trash bag and transition in and out of foster homes. Guardians, teachers, friends, attorneys, social workers, and judges will float in and out of his or her life with alarming ...

Perkins Names 2019 Seals Laity Award Recipient

DALLAS (SMU) – Perkins School of Theology is honored to announce John M. Esquivel as the recipient of the 2019 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award. He will be recognized at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2018, during the opening worship service of the three-day Perkins Theological School for the Laity in Perkins Chapel (6001 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, Texas, 72505). The Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award is presented annually to a layperson in the United States who embodies the Christian faith and commitment of ...

2019 Tax Seminars

TMF (formerly Heartspring Methodist Foundation) and the Texas Conference are co-sponsoring seminars for clergy, and church staff or laity participating in the financial management of the local church. New in 2019 LUNCH INCLUDED! HOUSTON – NEW VENUE TYLER – NEW PRESENTER When/Where: TYLER Register now Thursday February 14, 2019 Marvin UMC HUB Room, 1st Floor 300 W. Erwin Street, Tyler TX 75702 MAP/DIRECTIONS Presenter: Elaine Sommerville (bio below) HOUSTON Register now Tuesday February 19,...

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