Bishop Mike Lowry has announced a series of Episcopal Teaching sessions / conversations on the three plans put forth by the Commission on A Way Forward (COWF) and other matters related to next February's Called General Conference in St. Louis (Feb. 23-26). These times of sharing will take place in each of the five geographic districts of the Central Texas Conference and consist of two meetings - one for clergy and local church staff, one for laity (see the schedule below). Each session will run approximately two hours. During the meetings, Bishop Lowry will lead those gathered through the nuances of the three proposed plans - One Church, Traditional and Connectional Conference - provide some clarity into the upcoming 2019 Called Special General Conference and engage in a Q&A-style discussion with those attending the meeting on the three proposed plans on A Way Forward as well as other matters related to GC19.
Please note that this will not be a time of debating the issues that have resulted in the 2019 Called General Conference, rather this is a time of teaching, learning and sharing on the three plans presented by the COWF. 
While you are encouraged to attend the meeting scheduled for your district, you may choose to attend one of the others should that work best for your schedule. Clergy/staff and laity serving local churches in the New Church Start District are also encouraged to attend the meeting hosted in their geographic district, though they are welcome to attend any of the scheduled conversations. 

Please contact the host district office for details and/or questions related to the meeting you plan to attend


Schedule for the District Sharings with Bishop Lowry 

Clergy/Church Staff Session Time
Laity Session Time
Oct. 2
West / First Eastland UMC
10 a.m. - Noon
3 - 5 p.m.
Oct. 11
East / New World UMC (Arlington)
10 a.m. - Noon
7 - 9 p.m.
Oct. 22
South / Salado UMC
1-3 p.m.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 27
Central / Cogdell UMC (Waco)
2 - 4 p.m.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 6
 North / Arborlawn UMC (Fort Worth)
2 - 4 p.m.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
A video recording of a clergy/staff session and laity session will be available for on-demand viewing and downloading following the final meeting on Dec. 6.


View and Contact the Central Texas Conference Delegation to GC19 -

Council of Bishops Report and Summary

Statements by / Info from the Commission on A Way Forward -

Statements by / Info from the Council of Bishops -

Commentary from Bishop Lowry on A Way Forward and other issues related to the mission of the CTC -

Bishop Lowry's Presentation Materials - Available following the Dec. 6 meeting

More content and meeting updates will be posted to this page as they become available. Please contact your district office with any questions.


A Parable for Today - Gil Rendle from Central Texas Conference UMC on Vimeo.


Visit for a longer, more in-depth Overview of the Purpose, Principles and Importance of the work of the Commission on A Way Forward from Gil Rendle