Five Stars of Excellence in Christian Education

4/18/2011
The information and application packet for the 2011 Five Stars of Excellence in Christian Education Award is now available.   The Five Stars of Excellence in Christian Education has been an on-going program of the Texas Conference and the Texas Chapter of Christian Educators Fellowship for over 10 years.    The goals of the program are: to assist the local congregations to make and grow disciples of Christ; to encourage, promote, strengthen, and facilitate the growth of Christian Education ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

4/18/2011
Littleton Fowler Tours Washington and Baltimore on His Way to General Conference, April 1844. Littleton Fowler and John Clark were elected delegates from the Texas Conference to the 1844 General Conference of the MEC. The Littleton Fowler Collection at Bridwell Library contains letters which Fowler wrote home to Missouri Fowler about his travels to New York City, the site of General Conference.   Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog      

UMCOR Update - Please Pray for Those Affected by Storms

4/18/2011
A massive storm system that spanned three days, April 14 – 16, and seven states left at least 45 people dead, hundreds injured, and millions of dollars in damages.   UMCOR is working with early response teams and annual conferences to assess damages and needs. Please pray for the affected communities.   You can help now by contributing to Advance #901670.  

Digital Dialogue Focuses on Increasing Church Vitality

4/17/2011
Members of the Texas Annual Conference recently gathered in five area churches to participate in the denomination’s global Leadership Summit on April 6. United Methodists worldwide joined an interactive, digital dialogue to consider the Call to Action to increase church vitality, which was set forth by the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table.   More than 4,000 sites accessed the webinar throughout the three-hour span, and submitted more than 500 questions. In Zimbabwe, 300 United ...

Advancing Pastoral Leadership Program Applications Available

4/14/2011
Participants in Advancing Pastoral Leadership Program will have the opportunity to learn from a variety of leading pastors and community leaders while developing their capacity for fruitful leadership. This five-year program is an extraordinary opportunity for focused and intentional leadership development and formation. If you are a Texas Conference elder with 30 potential years of remaining service to the church, you can apply to the program.    Learn More About the Program

Leadership Summit Survey Results Available

4/14/2011
Bishops, past General and Jurisdictional conference delegates, annual (regional) conference leaders, young leaders and emerging leaders from all annual conferences were invited to take part in a webcast on April 6. The archived video is now online. Learn more about the Call to Action report and recommendations. Follow Twitter conversation by searching #umclead or See Archived Tweets Here. Learn More About the Summit See survey results

Partners In Mission Team Leader Training

4/14/2011
The last opportunities to be trained to lead a mission team this summer will be held in May. The dates are Saturday, May 14 or 21 from 9a.m. – 12p.m. at Lakewood UMC. (11330 Louetta Rd., Houston, 77070)   The training costs $10 at the door.   For more information, contact Kathie Mann at: 713-521-9383 or at texaspim@methodists.net.      

Archives and History PK Survey

4/13/2011
The Texas Conference Committee on Archives and History would like to put together a booklet of experiences from preachers’ children and would love to hear from you.  Maybe kids currently growing up as children of the preacher will be able to benefit from the experiences of those who have grown up. Perhaps the conference could learn more about helping the entire family. If you want to write something that you do not want published, put private next to your comments. If you want to share but don’...

FUMC Huntsville Offers Restorative Justice Ministry Seminar

4/13/2011
The Restorative Justice Ministry team at FUMC, Huntsville will present a four hour seminar on faith-based dorms in TDCJ on Saturday April 16.   While the majority of prison ministry focuses on the inmates inside prison, there has been a growing awareness in recent years of the needs these men and women face once released.   Learn about the history, purpose, and operation of these dorms and how you can get involved in this exciting risk-taking mission and ministry in the Texas Annual ...

UMPH Launches Resource Site for Ministry Leaders

4/13/2011
United Methodist Publishing House has recently launched the Beta version of a new community designed for church leaders, regardless of job description. It is called Ministry Matters and is located at www.ministrymatters.com. UMPH says the goal of Ministry Matters goes beyond building a community of leadership. Their site says they “aspire to become the leading problem-solving resource site for ecumenical Christian ministry, worship, and faith formation.” The site features a searchable database ...

United Methodist Leader Calls for Confident and Bold Mission

4/13/2011
A call for United Methodist confidence and boldness in mission was issued on April 12 in the semi-annual report of the denominations' chief mission executive.   Thomas Kemper, general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, asked directors of the mission agency if they and the church at large were bold enough to launch new efforts to start new churches around the world. The directors, meeting April 11-13 in Stamford, Connecticut, had only a few minutes earlier been "visited" via ...

After War, Ivorian Church Seeks Healing

4/12/2011
!--*** PHOTOBOX START *** See example image in Google Docs for more info, or go here: http://docs.google.com/File?id=ddkxh96z_13g53f35cj_b //-->Promoting reconciliation and ministering to a nation emerging from conflict are priorities for The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire, now that the battle for the presidency appears over. “Too much to do, too much to do,” said Bishop Benjamin Boni, describing the work that lies ahead for the church. Word that Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo had ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

4/12/2011
Jesse Hord Founds Methodist Church in Houston, April 14, 1839. First United Methodist Church of Houston dates its founding to April 14, 1839 when Rev. Jesse Hord received 14 original members by transfer of letter from other churches. This was not the first Methodist activity in Houston…   Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog  

Online Lenten Bible Study Enriches Faith

4/12/2011
The first United Methodist Rethink Church online Bible study draws attention to God’s presence in current events. The Rev. Jacob Armstrong, who serves Providence United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., leads the six-week Lenten series, Encounter Faith: Fearless, which began March 14 and will conclude April 18. During the first three weeks, the average number of page views exceeded 3,100. Using FaithLink curriculum from the United Methodist Publishing House, the series focuses on a ...

UMW Seeks to Become Separate Church Agency

4/12/2011
The division responsible for United Methodist Women has decided to seek denominational approval for status as a separate agency of the church. Directors of Women’s Division, the organization’s administrative body, unanimously voted during their April 7-11 meeting to “structurally separate” but remain “missionally connected” with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries rather than continue as a division of the mission agency. Part of the goal, said Harriett Olson, the division’s chief ...

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