Countdown to Conferences
Thrive or Survive?
"Despite the fact that we say it every time,” says Episcopal Candidate Dr. Chappell Temple, the upcoming 2012 General Conference really could be a game-changer in the life of our church, if only for the fact that the restructuring proposals may actually have some traction this time.” TAC delegates have long been in preparation for the General Conference which begins April 24 in
But I think we can also take it as a very positive sign that we are awakening to the realities which our church faces and prepared to start to deal with them. Our delegation has issued a statement commending the work of the bishops and others in calling our denomination to understand the absolutely pivotal role which vital congregations must play if we are to continue to be useful in God's Kingdom.”
Hopefully, however, we will find a way to conduct those conversations with the kind of civility that seems to have eluded the culture at present.” In March, Church of the Resurrection Pastor Adam Hamilton penned an Open Letter to the Delegates and, within days, more than 80 of Methodism’s 100 largest churches had submitted their signature of support.
Invitation to conversation “As we continue to prepare for our time in Tampa, I know that each of the members of our delegation would be happy to hear from anyone who has particular concerns or questions, especially those which will be handled by the legislative committee to which they have been assigned. It would also be encouraging just to know that others are praying for us during this time, as it is an enormously taxing two weeks, both physically and spiritually."
Galveston, Oh Galveston: Annual Conference Updates
Beginning in early May, lay and clergy delegates have the opportunity to hear conference leadership provide insight and facilitate discussions at the District Pre- Conference Meetings across
These 90-minute sessions are open to anyone interested in knowing more about preparation for Conference with regard to TAC’s 2012 key issues, resolutions before the body, and much more. “Delegates or any interested laity that are unable to attend the meeting scheduled in their immediate district are welcome to attend another,” suggests B. T. Williamson, Assistant to the Bishop. See District Meeting Schedule
In case you haven’t heard…
• Conference Worship Consultant DeAndre Johnson will lead morning devotions at a variety of locations beginning Tuesday on the beach in front of the San Luis Resort hotel at 7:30 a.m. On Wednesday, devotions will be held at Moody UMC and on Thursday at the
• On the Sunday leading into Conference, June 3 at 7 p.m., plan to attend a special organ concert at Moody UMC featuring Dr. Joanna Whitsett and two additional guest organists playing religious and classical music for attendees’ enjoyment.
• For those who need childcare, remember that registration will close on May 7th. Register at http://www.txcumc.org/childcare2012
• For those than need wheelchairs,
• Conference attendees will see the unveiling of a new Conference logo and hear an update on key priorities and new communication initiatives.
• Watch for details on a special panel moderated by one of
• The Center for Missional Excellence is hosting a food drive at the conference to help replenish supplies that typically reach an all-time low in the summer when children cannot access school feeding programs.