College Pastoral Internship Program

12/11/2017
We are now accepting applications for the 2018 College Pastoral Internship Program! This Pastoral Internship Project for College Students was designed to encourage a diverse group of gifted young candidates to enter pastoral service in the Texas Annual Conference, and to equip local congregations to identify and encourage persons with appropriate gifts and graces and a clear sense of call to commit to pastoral ministry, the Center for Clergy Excellence offers a pastoral internship for college ...

Get Spiritually Fit in 2018

12/11/2017
The Texas Annual Conference and GBHEM are offering two Resiliency Workshops for Clergy, Lay Ministers, and staff. January 31st in Longview and February 1st in Baytown. Come join us at a special Resiliency Workshop for Clergy, Lay Ministers, and Church and District staff. Guest presenter – Chaplain and Retired Brigadier General Ray Bailey Description of the Workshop: Spiritual fitness” is the development of those personal qualities needed to sustain a person in times of stress, hardship and ...

A Season of Gratitude

11/29/2017
Interpreter Magazine's final issue is focused on gratitiude. You can read this issue by clicking  on the individual articles listed below, by clicking here on ISSUU (best used on tablets) or by downloading the PDF. Interpreter, a publication of the United Methodist Church, will cease publication with the November- December 2017 issue. UMCOM is encouraging audiences to subscribe to United Methodist Now  - a free biweekly eNewsletter for church members.  Living in Gratitude, http://www.interpret...

Perkins Houston-Galveston Open House

11/29/2017
The Perkins Houston-Galveston Extension Program is hosting an Open House at St. Paul’s UMC, Houston on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm. Speakers include Bishop Scott Jones and Dean Craig Hill. An overview of the plans for Extension Program will be given, as well as an update on the process. Please RSVP to Dr. Dallas Gingles at dgingles@smu.edu. Address: St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 Main St. Houston, TX 77004 Learn more about the Houston-Galveston Extension Program   

Preaching After a Catastrophe

11/29/2017
Dr. Richard Lischer offers the following ten suggestions for preaching after a catastrophic event Don’t try to encompass the meaning of the event. Although you are expected to reflect upon it by means of God’s Word, you aren’t expected to explain it or to have mastered its significance. Don’t be too quick to extrapolate on the implications of the event. Here the preacher is merely relying on TV analysis and conventional wisdom, both of which are available outside the church. Don’t get caught up...

2018 Program Calendars

11/28/2017
UMC.org is offering Black Friday discounts on 2018 Program Calendars through December 1, 2017. Wall calendars, desk blotters, pocket calendars and classic book style versions are available.   https://shop.umc.org//category/6/calendars  

Gratitude in the Midst of Loss

11/28/2017
In Paul's letter to the Philippians, he writes these well-known words: "Rejoice in the Lord always." (Phil. 4:4, emphasis added.) And try as we might to follow Paul's admonition, there are times when it is just plain hard. There are times, in other words, when tragedy strikes, natural disasters occur, death lands on our doorstep or disease and heartache abound. Is it possible, even amid tragedy and loss, to find something to rejoice about? Is it possible to give thanks for the thing that ...

Texas Conference Receives Grant for Harvey Relief

11/20/2017
We are proud to announce that The Texas Annual Conference has received $500,000 in funding from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund!  These funds will be put to work to help repair around 50 homes and go toward rebuilding the lives of approximately 120 people in the Greater Houston area over the next 120 days.   The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) was established to provide support and relief to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Harris County and Houston area (which may include City ...

Texas Conference Runs Hurricane Harvey Ads

11/13/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 11, 2017 To raise money for Hurricane Harvey rebuilding, The United Methodist Churches in the Texas Conference are running newspaper, radio and billboard ads beginning this Sunday. Ads will run across major markets across the Texas Conference. Money for the advertising was given by a grant from United Methodist Communications and other generous donors. The ad reads:  Headlines fade. Water recedes, we’ll still be there. It will take years to clean up the ...

Catalyst for Renewal

11/9/2017
Some leaders are hardwired for leading change; others have to learn to discern the ideal combination of wisdom, skills and accountability. Several leaders from the Texas Annual Conference (TAC) learned this firsthand at a Turnaround Pastor training session in Houston.   Since the two-day boot camp training is based on scientific research using The Birkman Method, TAC Birkman consultant Rev. Peter Cammarano of Chapelwood UMC Lake Jackson was more than intrigued. He attended along with Associate ...

COB Receives Report on Way Forward

11/9/2017
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. - Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality - all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops (COB) is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. With the mission of God through the risen Christ at the core, the bishops this week received an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward that offered three sketches of models that would help ease the impasse...

Cohort Camaraderie

11/9/2017
At 23, Bethany Brown recently moved to Texas to follow God's calling into youth ministry as the Children's and Youth Director at the First United Methodist Church of Dayton. She recently learned about an opportunity to join an online cohort of youth directors from across the south district. Although her group has only met in one Google hangout, facilitated by Eddie Erwin, Conference Director of Youth/Young Adult Ministry, she already has a sense of belonging and support.   Bethany says, “Our ...

Consulate on Wheels

11/9/2017
In diverse communities there are many unmet needs. When the Mexican Consulate realized that many people of Mexican descent were unable or unwilling to travel into the city of Houston for help with documentation requirements, they looked to their community partner, Armstrong Elementary School in Missouri City.   Once the decision was made to bring a temporary Consulate office to southwest Houston, the leaders at Armstrong turned to their long time partner, First UMC Missouri City. As the school’s...

Growing and Going

11/9/2017
Each summer, students hone their leadership and ministry skills at the Texas Youth Academy (TYA) leadership event hosted by the Texas Annual Conference. This annual “spiritual boot camp” helps several dozen high school students clarify their ministry calling. For Patrick Golden and Barinaale Dube, TYA was a launching pad that prepared them to stretch their leadership muscles in the weeks and years that followed. Just recently, they were both elected to serve as delegates to the 2018 Global Young...

Neighborly Love

11/9/2017
In December of 2016, members of the Texas Annual Conference's cabinet traveled to Baton Rouge Louisiana where they helped repair damaged homes following the devastating floods.  After the flooding of Hurricane Harvey, members of the Louisiana cabinet felt a strong desire to return the goodwill.   “It’s an opportunity to be the physical hands and feet of Christ but also to provide the emotional support,” says Rev. Wybra Price, Shreveport District Superintendent. “We can bring that gift of an ...

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