Considering a Contemporary Service? First UMC, Bullard Offers Seven Helpful Tips

3/14/2019
  By: Sherri Gragg   After months of prayer and planning, First UMC, Bullard launched its new contemporary worship service, “encounter,” on January 20, 2019. The Rev. David Brasher shares the lessons his church learned through the process.   1. Know Your “Who, How, and Why.” The leadership of First UMC, Bullard began the process of establishing a new contemporary service by slowing down long enough to ask themselves three questions: “Why do we want to begin a second service?” “Who are we hoping ...

Growing Small: It's a Wesleyan Tradition

3/14/2019
By: Sherri Gragg - En Español   Hispanic Ministries is partnering with the Joel Comiskey Group, an internationally recognized non-profit consultant ministry dedicated to empowering local churches to grow through the small group movement. Hispanic clergy and laity will learn key strategies for forming small group ministries during a Joel Comiskey Group Conference, March 29th-31st.   We recently sat down with the Rev. Arturo Cadar, Coordinator of Mission Field Development, to learn more about the...

Making the World a Better Place: John Esquivel Receives 2019 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award

3/14/2019
By: Sherri Gragg - En Español Service to Church, Community and World John M. Esquivel, member of FUMC Houston, is the 2019 recipient of the Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award, awarded annually by the Perkins School of Theology to a layperson who “embodies the Christian faith and commitment of service to Christ in the church, community and world as exemplified by Judge Woodrow B. Seals.” Seals, a dedicated and influential layperson, was instrumental in the development of the Perkins School of Theology...

Mighty Methodists: Lexington UMC Children’s Outreach is 20 Years Strong

3/14/2019
By: Sherri Gragg   In an unusual partnership between Lexington UMC and the Lexington Independent School district, school buses filled with shouting and giggling children roll up to the church each Wednesday evening for the “Mighty Methodists” program.   This year, the program has experienced its highest enrollment in its 20-year-history as dedicated volunteers welcome 97 students, grades K-12, to the church each week for an evening of food, faith, and fun.   The model for Mighty Methodists is ...

Pitching a Tent for the Perfect Preschool

3/14/2019
Photo by Tim Mozingo, Daily Sentinel By: Sherri Gragg   Lining the Sidewalk Lisa Labosky has served the First UMC Nacogdoches Preschool for 27 years, 22 years in the classroom, and for the past 5 years, as the Preschool Director. During her tenure, she has witnessed FUMC Nacogdoches Preschool’s ceaseless commitment to quality early childhood Christian education. Parents in the community were always eager to secure their children a spot in the school but around three years ago, the competition ...

The Main Thing

3/14/2019
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. In difficult times, it is crucial to remember our most important values, purposes and activities and to live into them more fully. Reducing anxiety and recovering our purpose is the best way forward.   General Conference 2019 was a deep disappointment to many United Methodists who hoped for a change in our doctrine and discipline concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer people. To those who are LGBTQ and their families ...

Apply for Certification in Spiritual Direction at Perkins

3/13/2019
The Office of External Programs at Perkins School of Theology is currently accepting new applications for the Certification in Spiritual Direction program.  The CSD 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 ...

Lakeview Summer Camp 2019

3/13/2019
“Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is excited about summer camp 2019! Our theme is "Under Pressure"  and the verse comes from Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.“   “Our youth are blasted everyday with worldly pressures about how they should act, look, talk or be.  Our hope is that we can use scripture to show the hollowness of this pressure and teach them who the Lord sees when he looks at them,” says Bradley Doherty ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship, March 17

3/13/2019
Please come and hear our CONAM Elder, Rev. Don White, retired United Methodist Pastor, speak abouthow the world (and our country) needs Native Culture and Native Values right now - more than ever.  Don has been working with our CONAM committee from the beginning and has a history of a wonderful connection with Alaskan Native Peoples.     We will also hear from Crystal Battise Stephenson and will enjoy music with James Stephenson.  What a wonderful experience we will all have!!  And, of course, ...

United Methodist Men’s Top Golf Outing

3/13/2019
The Clearlake United Methodist Men announce a Men’s Ministry Brotherhood “Event”-Saturday, May 18, 2019 9am to Noon to be held at Clear Lake United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center. Registration starts at 9:00am with the Event beginning at 9:30am. The Event will include the keynote speaker Pastor Bert Bagley of the Moody Permanent Endowment Fund. Clear Lake UMC Pastor Preston Morgan will also speak and lead a panel discussion on Men’s Ministry topics. There will also be tables featuring Men’s ...

TAC Perspectives on GC2019

2/28/2019
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Methodists Reject Plan to Open Door to Gay Marriage

2/27/2019
The United Methodist Church shot down a plan that would have opened the door to gay marriage in the church on Tuesday, a blow to theological liberals that exposes the rift within the third-largest Christian denomination in the U.S. See WSJ Story

Photos from General Conference

2/27/2019
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2019 General Conference Passes Traditional Plan

2/26/2019
The United Methodist General Conference 2019 delegates passed The Traditional Plan 438 to 384. See UMNS Story En Español

An Early Morning Call to Prayer: Day Four GC2019

2/26/2019
By: Sherri Gragg, Photos by Brant Mills Bishop Scott Jones opened an early morning prayer meeting on the fourth day of the Special Session of the General Conference with Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesians to hold tight to unity.   “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There ...

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