Reaching Gen Z

Most churches are familiar with the concept of “Millennials,” but the next generation is right on their heels, Generation Z. This demographic of young people, born between the years of 1998-2016, present both unique challenges, as well as opportunities for youth ministry. Russell Martin, Director of Student Ministry at Williams Memorial UMC-Texarkana, believes churches will need to be both intentional and innovative to reach this generation for Christ. Who is Generation Z? “(They are) ...

Renew Your Wesleyan Witness

What if you God gave you the power to deliver at-risk children from generational poverty? What would it mean to your ministry, to the world, if He placed in your hands the antidote to spare those children a criminal record? A life bound by substance abuse?   What if you discovered that the power to change their precious lives was, in fact, already in your grasp…   Between the pages of a book.   Children who learn to read at an early age, and have access to an abundance of reading material are ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship October 15:  Pastor Melody Jacobs

On October 15, come listen to Pastor Melody Jacobs (Mescalero Apache).  She and Crystal Batiste Stephenson (Alabama/Coushatta) are women passionate for the Lord and they will truly open your mind to the greatness of God and show you how to use your faith in your life.   DATE:  October 15, 2017 TIME: 4:00pm   LOCATION:  St. Marks United Methodist Church 1615 Patterson St., Houston, Tx.   (One block south of I-10 & west of I-45 Close to I-10 and Shepherd Dr.) As always, please join us for a ...

Comforting Those Who Mourn

Each Sunday afternoon, long after the last note of the closing hymn fades away and the members of Harleton United Methodist Church head home to Sunday dinners with their families, a faithful few return to the church to re-open the doors. They are there to provide grieving members of the community a place of comfort, understanding, and healing through GriefShare, an international program designed to help those who have lost a loved one face the challenges of bereavement, and rebuild their lives. ...

Help Wanted: Disaster Recovery Positions Available

The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is accepting applications for multiple disaster recovery positions to staff 3 long-term recovery offices (1 in Houston, 1 in Lake Jackson, and 1 in Beaumont).  Positions are contract, grant-funded positions for one-year terms with the possibility of extensions up to three years total.  The positions include: Project Coordinator Case Managers Construction Coordinator Construction Supervisor Volunteer Coordinator Volunteer Host ...

New Director of Development

On October 1, 2017, Mary Linda Portner, an active member of St. Paul's UMC in Houston, will begin her role as the first Director of Development for the Texas Annual Conference. As Director of Development, Mary Linda will take on the critical challenge of ensuring the conference is able to fund programs vital to the future of the United Methodist Church Texas Conference.   Mary Linda spent the past 14 years as Director of Advancement at St. Pius X High School in Houston. She loved her job, and ...

Vitality Scorecard

With a multi-decade career in engineering and problem solving, retired management consultant Richard Whittier can’t help but think like a consultant. His latest project – helping to develop a church vitality scorecard -- started as an idea from the District Leadership Team. “As we talked about ways to help the local church, we discussed the value of having a dashboard that would track church health in key categories and be viewable at a glance,” shares Richard. The scorecard highlights the ...

Please Pray for Las Vegas

"I am praying for those who were killed and injured last night in Las Vegas and for their family members. This is a tragic situation and I ask everyone to join me in praying for those involved."                     Scott J. Jones

Rev. Hannah Terry: In It for the Long Haul

The pastor at Westbury United Methodist Church and founder of FAM isn’t letting neighbors fall through the cracks after Harvey. Read story in Houstoniamag

An Investment in Children

Cypress Trails UMC has a vision to serve the community, starting with preschool, after school care and a charter elementary school on its campus.   Each Monday morning, Cypress Trails United Methodist Church in Spring, Texas welcomes dozens of backpack-wearing kindergarten, first, and second graders as they arrive to receive a quality education at Sam Houston University’s newest charter school, but Cypress Trails UMC is far more than a landlord for the school. The church is intentionally ...

Beyoncé Helps Hometown

This month, Houston native Beyoncé returned home to team up with Pastor Rudy Rasmus at her home church, St. John’s UMC to help victims of Hurricane Harvey start piecing their lives back together. She told families at the church and shelter that St. John’s had profoundly impacted her --- as the site of her first solo --- and that she wanted to demonstrate her hometown pride by providing help and hope. Joined by her daughter Blue Ivey, mom Tina Knowles Lawson, Blue Ivy and band mate Michelle ...

Pint-Sized Powerhouse

Rosemary Berry, the organist at Burke UMC for the last 61 years, has a unique perspective of her little rural church. Although the church received a historical marker celebrating its formation in 1889, the town’s population is under 800 and the town is primarily a residential community for people that work in larger towns. Rosemary says, “We are in what’s called a dead zone and it is very hard for our church to grow. In fact, a year ago we were down to eight people, our bank account was low and ...

Young Harvey Helpers

When a group at Fairfield UMC gathered to assemble 52 cleaning buckets for Harvey flood victims, even the youngsters wanted to lend a hand. “It was a family affair. We had three generations working together that day,” shares Rev. Richard Hayduck. Having been in Houston during Tropical Storm Allison, we know what it is like to have a river running down your street and were happy to be a part of the recovery – from afar.”   Member Jane Phillips brought her Labor Day houseguests and three ...

Bishop Jones: Being the Church - A Wesleyan Perspective

See the archived video from the morning of Saturday, September 23:

No TAC Benefits Drafts for September 2017

Dear Clergy,   Please be sure that your church treasurer or finance secretary is aware of the following announcement.  Thanks so much! No TAC Benefits Drafts for September 2017 As we are all too well aware, Hurricane Harvey has had a devastating impact on the churches, pastors, retirees and members of the Texas Annual Conference, as well as our friends, neighbors, communities and sister annual conferences.  The rebuilding process will be lengthy and challenging for all concerned.  In order to ...

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