The Texas Annual Conference has a long history of working alongside the people of Laos, a country nestled between Vietnam and Thailand. Churches of the Texas Annual Conference have faithfully traveled to Laos -- with God’s work growing and expanding every day. As sister conferences, there are many stories to celebrate and opportunities to maximize as we continue to work together. Please join Bishop Jones on August 26 as he shares more about how you can be in mission with our Laotian brothers and sisters.
Livestream event held on June 2, 2021
This is an interfaith roundtable discussion on how faith and spirituality have supported people during the pandemic and the role the faith community has played in building vaccine trust.
This event is moderated by Dr. Marc L. Boom President & CEO, Houston Methodist and features faith leaders from across the greater Houston area including Bishop Scott J. Jones from the Texas Annual Conference.
To watch a replay of this recorded livestream click the link below.
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.
“Coping with Stress: Two-Part Webinar for Pastors”
With an eye toward all pastors experiencing a deep tiredness, we want to offer a grace space. Join pastors from across the TAC as we listen to experts and those who have "been there" share about healthy and unhealthy coping patterns and what addiction is and how it manifests.
This two-part workshop led by Mercy Street and sponsored by the Moody Permanent Endowment will offer...
Both webinars will be presented LIVE and will not be recorded. Please make plans to attend the sessions to hear from colleagues and experts.
Please Register Here to receive materials that will be sent via email to you prior to the sessions.
For more info or questions, please contact Rev. Melissa Maher at (713) 354-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 1: Mental Health & Pastor Burnout April 15 10:00 – 11:30am
Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/93913245961
Part 2: Addiction & Recovery Resources April 29 10:00 – 11:30am
Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/93638663779
Meeting Information and Links:
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 email@example.com.
Sponsored by Center for Clergy Excellence.
The Pastor's Moving... Now What? Recorded Webinar
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.