The Pastor’s Moving…Now What?
One thing that never fluctuates in the United Methodist Churches is a change – especially change of pastors. It is a part of the rhythm of life for the UMC.
An important goal for every church is that they transition well from one church to another. And we want to make sure our church members and pastors have tools to say goodbye and hello in ways that are meaningful and helpful!
Especially during a tricky pandemic year like 2021.
Do not miss one of these sessions where we will cover the following:
- Saying goodbye and hello well, ideas to bless your pastor
- 90-day action plan, what a pastor needs to do in the first 90 days of a new appointment
- Logistics of a move (move policy and benefits for pastors)
Those who should attend are all pastors going to new appointments; Staff Parish Relations members and other appropriate leaders from churches with outgoing and/or incoming pastors as well as staff or volunteers who manage the finances of the church.
All three of these events are identical. Pastors and leaders are encouraged to attend the first event after the appointment is announced. The sooner you attend, the more this information can help you.
Meeting Information and Links:
March 15 7:00 pm https://zoom.us/j/99589994630
April 13 7:00 pm https://zoom.us/j/94158406345
May 11 7:00 pm https://zoom.us/j/92974812132
If you have questions about these events, please reach out to your district superintendent or Nancy Slade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by Center for Clergy Excellence.
Pastors, have you always wanted to be a disciple making machine? Join other UMC leaders to see a discipleship pattern that will work in your church.
Especially during COVID 19 days, people are asking more and more questions about church. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Join us at one of the informational webinars below or for more information, contact email@example.com.
Monday March 15, 2021 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Thursday April 22, 2021 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Join us for a free May Luncheon at
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church 20155 Cypresswood Drive, Cypress, Texas 77433 Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (pre-Mother’s Day)
Register for the luncheon here: https://www.ascendingleaders.org/umc-colabs/
What’s next? That’s the question many of us are asking as we look forward to the impact of vaccines and eventual herd immunity. What will ministry look like in that new reality? What will be the same? What will be different? What new opportunities are presented in the midst of these challenges? Thom Rainer answers these questions and more in this webinar recorded March 4, 2021. Click here to watch recorded webinar
Are you a pastor or a leader in the United Methodist Church, but you still have questions about the connection? Well, we have answers! Join Texas Annual Conference Bishop Scott J. Jones for a webinar conversation about the inner workings of the United Methodist Church.
Bishop Jones leads a conversation on the areas of the Church like: bishops and apportionments, and why are our pastors itinerate (move from church to church)? Why do United Methodists talk so much about money? What do we as United Methodists believe about social issues? And, why are we a worldwide Church?
If you missed the Bishop's webinar on February 26th, you can watch the recording here:
If you missed the Bishop's webinar on February 19th, you can watch the recording here:
If you missed the Bishop's webinar on February 12th, you can watch the recording here:
If you missed the Bishop's Webinar on February 5th you can watch the
Winter Storm Recovery Webinar
The mercury finally climbed above freezing, but thousands are still without power, hundreds of thousands are dealing with busted pipes and water damage, millions are still without water suitable for drinking. Clearly, the disaster of the Winter Storm of 2021 is not over.
Please watch this recorded webinar with Godfrey Hubert (TAC’s Disaster Readiness Coordinator), Gary Flaherty (the Director of Operations for Texas Congregational Disaster Readiness), Bishop Scott J. Jones and Kip Gilts.
Our hope is this will help our pastors as you prepare for Sunday morning worship. There will be a live Q&A opportunity. Praying for you as you continue to lead in the midst of the stresses of storm recovery, pandemic, polarization, and uncertainty. https://www.txcumc.org/texasrecovers
Nona Jones Webinar
Nona Jones and Bishop Scott J. Jones invite you to view this recorded webinar “From Social Media to Social Discipleship.”
The phrase “Online church” is searched millions of times per month, yet many churches are still not on-line or are using the tool incorrectly.
Bishop Jones introduces Nona Jones, Facebook’s head of global-faith based partnership’s as we learn how to use on-line tools to attract and disciple people in your community in brand new ways.
This one hour webinar will take your social ministry from deceased to resurrected, just in time to reach people for Easter and beyond.
Nona Jones covers topics from her book, “From Social Media to Social Ministry: A guide to digital discipleship.”
As a part of this free webinar, please download Nona’s Digital Discipleship guide so you can follow along. https://www.dropbox.com/s/v9xr1edbfcjznp4/Digital%20Discipleship%20Guide.pdf?dl=0
For more information about Nona Jones, go to https://www.nonajones.com/socialministry
Thank you for taking the time to join Houston Methodist Hospital and the Texas Annual Conference for the COVID-19 Vaccine town hall on January 20th. We hope the hour provided answers to the questions that many of our guests had regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine. If you have additional questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, we invite you to look at the Houston Methodist COVID-19 Vaccine Update page: www.houstonmethodist.org/coronavirus/vaccine-updates/
If you were unable to attend or were unable to view the town hall in its entirety, please feel free to watch again at your convenience, and please feel free to also share with friends and family:
To view the webinar please click the link here: Community Health Forum Covid-19 Vaccine Webinar
How your local church can protect its interests regarding the bankruptcy proceedings of the Boy Scouts of America webinar with Bishop Scott J. Jones.
Recorded November 2, 2020
To view webinar click link here: Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy Webinar
How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning - when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? In times of uncertainty, how do we learn from our mistakes and find our way forward?
Susan Beaumont - a consultant, author, and coach, who has worked with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies calls such in-between times liminal seasons - threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos. In a liminal season it simply is not helpful to pretend we understand what needs to happen next. But leaders can still lead.
How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, a four-part webinar with sessions that took place on September 24, October 1, October 8 and October 15, 2020, offered practical hope for tired and weary leaders who risk defining this era of ministry in terms of failure or loss. Learn more at https://www.txcumc.org/how-to-lead.
This webinar was designed for all Active Clergy, Under 65 Early Retirees, Spouses and TAC Fiscal Office Lay Employees who are enrolled in the TAC Group Health Plan (Boon Chapman / Script Care).
It occurred October 29, 2020.
See the archived video at: https://youtu.be/d_qnWKUfJYM
Texas Annual Conference hosted a free three-part webinar series, “Whiteness 101: Equipping Pastors to Work for Racial Justice,” to provide the perspectives and skills needed for white clergy to build their racial stamina and lead their congregations in this area.
The sessions were led by Bishop Scott J. Jones in collaboration with the Project Curate Team under the leadership of Rev. Matt Russell, Associate Pastor of Chapelwood UMC Houston, and Rachel Schneider, MA, PhD, Co-Managing Director. To learn more, visit https://www.txcumc.org/whiteness-101.
This webinar was led by our Director of Clergy Excellence, Rev. Morris Matthis and Rev. Elizabeth Duffin, Associate Director of Clergy Excellence on the topic of saying hello and goodbye in to pastors in transition during these very unusual days.
See the archived video at https://www.txcumc.org/gbhwebinar.
Webinar: Road to Re-Opening the UMC Wednesday
Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. there was a panel discussion on how to prepare for regathering in person.
Panelists discussed topics such as strategies to decide on timing of re-opening our spaces, how to safely gather for worship, communication to the community, and other important topics to consider. See the archived video at: thewoodlandsumc.org/reopen.
New Faces in New Digital Spaces Webinar
Aired Thursday, May 14 at 2 p.m.(central)
As the congregations of the Texas Annual Conference are living into unprecedented times, the Center for Congregational Excellence is offering practical and timely support for congregations to connect with their Communities and Congregations while social distancing measures are necessary and as Christian practices are moving into digital spaces.
In light of the need for churches to offer ministry and connect people online in this new context, we will answer four questions:
- How do you reach new people?
- How do you collect data?
- How do you connect with new people who worship with you?
- How do you disciple them?
See the archived video at: https://www.txcumc.org/newfacesdigital.
Pastoral Care in the Days of Covid May 21 at 2:00 p.m.
The Texas Annual Conference hosted a webinar focused pastoral care in the days of Covid on May 21, 2020 at 2:00 via Zoom. The purpose of this webinar was to provide support and guidance to pastors as they care for themselves and those who are under their pastoral care. Learn More at: https://www.txcumc.org/pastoralcarecovid.