Location Change: Small-Membership Church Retreat

Date Posted: 3/28/2017

UPDATE: The Location of the 2017 Small Membership Church Retreat has been changed TO Perritte Memorial UMC, 1025 Durst St, Nacogdoches (see map). The date and time remain the same. 9:00 am – 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Since the meeting is not at Lakeview, housing for Friday night will not be available.   If you need housing for Friday night, you should make your own arrangements at one of the several hotels that are available in the Nacogdoches area.

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Facetime with the Bishop: A First for the Small-Membership Church Retreat

At the fourth annual spring retreat, Bishop Scott Jones will talk with laity and clergy about faith sharing in the small-membership church environment.
“Special Guest Speaker” takes on a whole new meaning when TAC Bishop Scott Jones makes history as the first Bishop to address the attendees of the small-membership church retreat at Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches April 21-22. “We are so excited,” shares event organizer Dr. Dick White of Quitman UMC, “because I know he truly has a heart for small churches! I am expecting this to be a wonderful opportunity with record setting attendance, so I hope folks will get their registrations in by the deadline of April 3.”
Laity and clergy have enjoyed this unique and connectional Saturday event for the last four years, with casual fellowship time planned this year on Friday night, April 21 for the early arrivers. Registration opens at 9 a.m. followed by a 2-hr morning session from 10-noon, lunch, and a 2-hr afternoon session before closing worship. 
A native of Nashville, Bishop Jones has lived in several states, and served as pastor of four congregations in Texas and as the McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. Prior to assuming his current role, he was the resident Bishop of the Great Plains Area of the United Methodist Church.

Bishop Jones is co-author, with his son Arthur, of Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age. He is also the author of The Wesleyan Way: A Faith that Matters (2013), Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor: A Theology of Discipleship and Witness (2003), and United Methodist Doctrine: The Extreme Center (2002), all from Abingdon Press.
Anna M Rohde, District Administrative Assistant in the North District was the first to register for this retreat. Shares Anna, “I attended one of the retreats many years ago and enjoyed it very much. In the past few years, I have been committed to attending the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Staff Conferences (PAUMCS) on the same weekend.”  She has a growing passion for small membership churches. Adds Anna, “In my position in the district, small membership churches are a great interest of mine. Now that I work closely with the Certified Lay Ministers that are filling the pulpits in many of these churches, I am building relationships and learning more about the life of the small membership church. I believe it is still God's will to fill these small churches again. Watching how they minister from week to week is an inspiration and I look forward to spending this time together.”
Register by April 3, with checks payable to Texas Annual Conference c/o FUMC Small Church Retreat, PO Box 1643, Quitman, TX 75783. Questions can be addressed to Dr. Dick White at Richard@fumcquitman.org, or 903-763-4127.