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#WeAreMore Campaign Highlights The Church in Action

published 4/25/2016
The bishops of the South Central Jurisdiction have joined together to produce a campaign focused on stories that connect people and proclaim that #WeAreMore when united through Jesus Christ. We Are More than 10 days in Portland. We Are More than any of our disagreements regarding hot button issues on which the press will likely focus. We Are More than budgets, sub-committees and procedural changes. We Are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ – a bright and shining beacon of hope in a bruised and ...

A Spring Break to Remember

published 4/1/2016
by Eva Pray* (photos by Erin Kiel*)   In typical college settings, if I said that I was spending my Spring Break in Mexico, most people (if not all) would assume I was headed to Cancun, Cozumel or one of the myriad other “fun-in-the-sun” destinations our neighbor to the south has to offer. In fact, I’d bet that the idea that I would be traveling to Acuña, Mexico – an impoverished border city across from Del Rio – to help a family build their dream home wouldn’t even crack the top 10 list of ...

Bishop Lowry Announces Changes to the Central Texas Conference Cabinet

published 2/26/2016
North District Superintendent Ginger Bassford’s decision to return to the local church compels unexpected changes to the Cabinet. by Vance Morton* and Julian Hobdy**   Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced the following changes to the Cabinet: Rev. Dr. Ginger Bassford has decided to forgo her final planned year as the North District Superintendent and return to the local church. Rev. Mike Ramsdell, who was announced ...

Dr. Lisa Neslony Appointed as West District Superintendent

published 2/25/2016
Dr. Lisa Neslony Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced that Dr. Lisa Neslony will be appointed as the District Superintendent (DS) for the West District of the Central Texas Conference effective July 1. The district’s current superintendent, Rev. Carol Woods recently announced her retirement from active ministry, creating the open position on the Central Texas Conference Cabinet and in the West District. It had been ...

Health Care Reform Update – IRS Extends Form 1095-B Deadline

published 2/5/2016
The IRS has extended the due date for mailing Form 1095-B to individuals for 2015 tax returns to March 31, 2016. As part of Section 6055 Reporting under the Affordable Care Act, Form 1095-B verifies the “individual mandate” for minimum essential health coverage.   The IRS Form 1095-B verifies the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “individual mandate” for minimum essential health coverage. The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBOPHB) will be issuing Form 1095-B, for the conferences covered ...

Rev. Mike Ramsdell Appointed as West District Superintendent

published 1/30/2016
Carol Woods will retire as DS and from active ministry at AC16. by Vance Morton*   Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced Rev. Mike Ramsdell will be appointed as the District Superintendent (DS) for the West District of the Central Texas Conference effective July 1. The district’s current superintendent, Rev. Carol Woods recently announced her retirement from active ministry, creating the open position on the Central ...

Rev. Leah Hidde-Gregory to Assume Central District Superintendent Role

published 1/18/2016
Current Central District Superintendent Rev. Don Scott to retire at AC16. by Vance Morton*   Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced that Leah Hidde-Gregory has been appointed to serve as District Superintendent (DS) for the Central District of the Central Texas Conference effective July 1. The district’s current superintendent, Rev. Don Scott, is in the final year of his eligibility to serve as a DS and recently announced...

Jeff Roper Joins Roberts Center for Leadership

published 1/14/2016
New Associate Executive Director for Leadership to focus mainly on clergy leadership initiatives. As the New Year dawned, the Dr. Sidney Roberts Center for Leadership also rang in the new by adding a new member to the team, Mr. Jeff Roper. Jeff officially* joined the team on January 1, and will serve the conference as the Associate Executive Director of Leadership, which includes serving as an active member of the Cabinet. (*though the role wasn’t official until Jan. 1, Jeff had already begun ...

Bishop Lowry Named One of Four Interim Bishops to Rio Texas

published 1/13/2016
Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops decides on unique approach for filling vacant episcopal leadership in Rio Texas Conference by Vance Morton An unprecedented approach to filling a vacancy in an episcopal office has been approved by the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops. During a called meeting of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops, North Texas Conference Bishop Mike McKee, President of the SCJ College, outlined a team approach to share leadership for the ...

John McKellar Named as 2016 Perkins Distinguished Alumni

published 1/5/2016
Rev. McKellar to be honored at annual awards banquet along with co-recipient, Rev. Linda Roby.   The Perkins School of Theology has selected Dr. John McKellar, co-pastor, White’s Chapel United to receive the 2016 Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumni Award. John, who currently serves as co-pastor at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, is joined in this honor by Rev. Linda Roby, associate minister, Local and Global Missions at First United Methodist Church Dallas.   Each year, the ...

Central Texas Conference Service Center Open House

published 12/22/2015
Make your plans to come and be a part of the formal dedication ceremonies of the new Central Texas Conference Service Center located across from the campus of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. Doors will open at 3 p.m., Jan. 10, and the dedication will commence at 4 p.m. Light refreshments and hearty fellowship will be in abundant supply. So come one, come all and help us officially bless our new conference home.

Central and West District Superintendents Announce Retirement Plans

published 12/21/2015
Revs. Don Scott and Carol Woods to retire from active ministry July 1 Rev. Carol Woods and Rev. Don Scott have declared their intention to retire from active ministry in The United Methodist Church to Bishop Lowry, the Central Texas Conference Cabinet and to the members of the West and Central Districts. Both will officially retire at the 2016 Central Texas Annual Conference scheduled for June 5-8, in Waco.   Carol’s 30-year ministry journey has seen her serve local churches in two conferences ...

CTCSC 2015 Christmas & New Years Holiday Schedule

published 12/21/2015
The Central Texas Conference Service Center (CTCSC) will be closed for the Christmas and New Year's holiday Dec. 24 - Jan. 3. The offices will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4. If you have an emergency and need to reach a member of the CTC Service Center when the CTCSC is closed, call 817-994-0139 or send an e-mail to CTCSC@ctcumc.org.   2015 End-of-Year Giving Remittance Schedule. Refer to the timetable below as you plan your church’s year-end remittances to the Conference Service Center. ...

CTC Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships Team responds to divisive media reports with words from the Discipline.

published 12/16/2015
by Bliss Dodd*   The news media is filled with our Islamic neighbors – those already in the U.S. and those wanting/needing to come. As United Methodists, the only question is “How can we best work together to bring love, peace and hope to a fear-filled world. Well the Social Principles found in the United Methodist 2012 Book of Discipline offers the UMC’s official position on the Rights of Religious Minorities.   The most concise statement regarding this hot-button issue is found in Paragraph ...

Rio Texas Conference Bishop to Resign Jan. 1

published 12/4/2015
Bishop Michael McKee, president of the South Central Jurisdictional College of Bishops and episcopal leader of the North Texas Conference has announced that the College of Bishops has accepted the resignation of Bishop James Dorff of the Rio Texas Conference following a complaint. In a letter released Friday, Dec. 4, Bishop Dorff stated the following:   "It is so difficult to admit and share, but I must inform you that I did not uphold the sacred vows I made to God at my wedding, at my ...

Caring and Sharing – The UMC Connection at Work

published 12/3/2015
Louisiana Conference Remembers the CTC with a Generous Disaster Relief Donation Give and it will be given to you. A good portion – packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing – will fall into your lap. – Luke 6:38 CEB   One of the blessings of the United Methodist Church is found in the first word of the denomination’s title. United is defined by one online dictionary as “involving people or groups working together to achieve something – a group combined or connected together to make one.” The “...

Bishop Lowry / Council of Bishops Call for Prayers of Peace and Healing for Paris

published 11/14/2015
Bishop Lowry has issued the following call for prayers of peace and healing for the victims, their families and all people of Paris, France following the terrorist attacks that rocked the city of lights yesterday evening (Nov. 13). Even as we watch the reports from Paris, I am reminded of the words of Paul in his letter to the Corinthians. “May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. He’s the one who comforts us in all our ...

20 Ways to Reach out to Troops on Veterans Day (or any day)

published 11/10/2015
by Barbara Dunlap-Berg and Kathy L. Gilbert* The observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, began almost a century ago.   In the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Allied nations and Germany declared an armistice - a temporary cessation of hostilities - in World War I. Commemorated as Armistice Day the next year, Nov. 11 became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. After World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to ...

GCFA Reports on UMData.org, 2014 Church Statistics, New Treasurers Training Event and Virtual Appointment Software

published 11/10/2015
UMDATA.ORG replaces General Minutes as UM stats resource The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is announcing that general statistical information about the church, formerly contained in the printed General Minutes, is now available at www.umdata.org. The IT and Data Services Departments of GCFA, working throughout the connection, collects statistics and has developed a free, online resource that anyone can use to access public information about local churches. Because of the ...

Lamar E. Smith Center for Evangelism & Church Growth Receives Prism Award for Coaching

published 10/8/2015
The North Texas Chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF) honored the CTC’s Lamar E. Smith Center for Evangelism and Church Growth (CECG) and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma as co-recipients of its annual Prism Award. The CECG team was nominated and selected for the award based on Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) coaching that has helped to develop leaders, address strategic institutional goals and yield measureable positive results for many of the local churches in our conference.   The...

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