What is the Tour de TAC? It is a total of 31 gatherings all across the annual conference to talk about starting new faith communities for years to come. It’s also a series of bicycles rides in every district across the conference. 

What is the purpose of the Tour de TAC? To contribute to our culture of starting new things all across the annual conference.  

Is this a bike ride or a series of gatherings at churches? It is both! All riders will be asked to do three things: have fun, be safe, and to let folks in their church know about the Tour de TAC meetings. 

What will happen in the meetings?  At each meeting we will talk about (1) the impact of planting in the conference; (2) our strategy for planting; (3) how everyone can support planting in the years to come; (4) how the Office of New Faith Communities wants to support your church in doing evangelism in your community.  

Who is sponsoring the Tour de TAC? The Texas Annual Conference New Faith Communities office in cooperation with all the district offices.

When will the Tour de TAC take place? September-November 2018.

When and where will the gatherings take place? Across the Texas Annual Conference. Each gathering will last no longer than an hour and a half. See below to find dates, times, and locations for the meetings.  

Who is invited to attend the gatherings? The Tour de TAC is for every United Methodist clergy and church members.

Who is invited to ride?  We want as many people as possible to join in the riding.  The shortest ride is about 15 miles. The longest is about 50!  For safety reasons, no one under 12 can be on the road and riders between 12 and 17 must have a parent/guardian riding with them.  All riders must wear a helmet and sign a waiver.  There is no charge for any ride.  All riders will get their own cool “Tour de TAC” tshirts (thank you Methodist hospital!) as long as supplies last.  If you have questions about riding, please see below to get the name and contact information for the ride coordinator for each district. 

Why should I care about these gatherings? Missiologist Peter Wagner says it best: Planting new churches is the most effective evangelism methodology known under heaven. If we are going to reach even more new people for Jesus Christ in our communities, then we must begin reaching out to the community in creative ways.

Why a bike ride? Riding bikes across our conference does together does three things. 1. It promotes interest in the Tour de TAC and church planting, 2. It promotes good health habits, 3. and it gives us a fantastic opportunity for laughter and fellowship.

 

Gather with us

Download the Meeting Schedule (PDF)

SEPTEMBER
            8
           

9:00 AM

FUMC Athens

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

3:00 PM

FUMC Mineola

8:30 AM

Marvin UMC, Tyler

3:00 PM

FUMC Henderson

2:00 PM

FUMC Marshall

11:00 AM

Grace Crossing UMC, Longview

2:00 PM

Tennison Memorial UMC, Mt. Pleasant

   
16 17 18 19 20 21 22

3:00 PM

Hardy Memorial UMC, Texarkana

           
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
       

3:00 PM

Journey of Faith, Humble

   

 

 

OCTOBER
  1 2 3 4 5 6
 

3:00 PM

Foundry UMC, Cypress

7:00 PM

Klein UMC, Spring

       

 

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
14 15 16 17 18 19 20

3:00 PM

Westbury UMC, Houston

7:00 PM

Chapelwood UMC, Houston

3:00 PM

Holy Trinity UMC, Houston

7:00 PM

Grace UMC (Heights), Houston

10:00 AM

Christ Church UMC, The Woodlands

       

 

 

NOVEMBER
        1 2 3
           

9:00 AM

Columbia UMC, West Columbia

3:00 PM

Chapelwood UMC, Lake Jackson

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

3:00 PM

Jones Memorial UMC, Houston

8:30 AM

Christ UMC, Sugarland

1:00 PM

Faith UMC, Richmond

10:00 AM

Brenham First UMC

7:00 PM

Christ Church, College Station

3:00 PM

Huntsville FUMC

3:00 PM

Livingston FUMC

 

9:00 AM

Kountze FUMC

4:00 PM

Wesley UMC, Beaumont

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

2:00 PM

Temple UMC, Port Arthur

5:00 PM

Winnie FUMC

 

8:30 AM

Central UMC, Galveston

3:00 PM

Faith UMC, Dickinson

       

 

Ride with us

For more information about your district's rides, please contact your district ride coordinator.

District Name Cell Phone # Email
Central North District  Mark Welshimer (832) 714-1099 markwelshimer@gmail.com 
Central South District  Collin Taylor (281) 740-2897 collintaylor@graceintheheights.org
East District Steve Woody (832) 594-3261 stevewoodyumc@yahoo.com
North District Ben Bagley (903) 280-5430 revbagley@aol.com
Northwest District Jason Smith (214) 724-8878 obedient_life@yahoo.com
South District  Joel McMahon (832) 472-7577 jmcmahoniv@aol.com
Southeast District Sadie Brinks (936) 676-1022  sadie@umt.org
Southwest District John Stephenson (281) 341-8200 john.stephenson@faithumc.org
Southwest District Marty Vershel (832) 714-0193 mvershel@fumcmc.org
West District Sam Cutrone (979) 571-9469