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Welcome to the Center for Evangelism and Church Growth!
Who invited you into the joy of God’s kingdom?
Who are those special people who have influenced and helped you along the twists and turns, mountain tops and valleys of your faith journey? Perhaps the more pertinent question for these times is who will share the love of Christ with your children, your grandchildren, your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers... and even that nice barista at Starbucks? Will it be you?
Evangelism and church growth comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes. It is the role of the Center for Evangelism and Church Growth (ECG) to help the excellent souls of the Central Texas Conference to identify and capitalize on all the ways that we can bring the Good News to our communities and to the world. Just as Paul wrote to the church in Rome: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith…” (Romans 1:16),
The ECG team is doing all we can to help you and your church be the ones whom who help introduce others into a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Two primary areas of focus for ECG are:
  • Starting New Faith Communities: As a center, we continue to identify areas in which the conference can establish new faith communities. We will be looking to start urban and suburban churches, ethnic congregations, traditional and nontraditional starts. Our goal is to partner with established congregations to birth new starts and to build into the DNA of new congregations the desire to multiply by starting a new congregation within 10 years. The “Partners in Growth” or SHAREHOLDER Program will continue to be the primary funding source for new church starts.
  • Transformation: The center is ready to assist pastors and laity to move through periods of transformation. One process that will be available in 2012 will be the Healthy Church Initiative. This is a comprehensive process of learning, congregational self-study, prescriptions for transformation and coaching to fulfill the prescriptions. Also, the center is contracting with several different individuals to provide coaching for pastors and congregations alike – all with the goal of energizing and equipping local congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world at the forefront.
Our success is largely dependent upon you! So just as we’ll be coming to you looking for ideas and feedback, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail or pull me aside at a fellowship dinner and share your ideas and thoughts about how we can bring the Good News of salvation to the people of our communities and go "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Gary Lindley
Executive Director, Center for Evangelism & Church Growth
Central Texas Conference – United Methodist Church
“Energizing and Equipping Local Churches”
464 Bailey Avenue Fort Worth, Texas 76107
817-877-5222 ext 17