The 2023 financial plan for underwriting the ministries and outreach of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church totals $6.3 million. The chart on the left below shows the amounts supporting ministries within the annual conference as well as the general (worldwide) and jurisdictional (south central US administration) levels. The chart on the right shows how various ministries are funded within our annual conference. (Click on the chart below to enlarge)
The Smith Center for Evangelism, Mission, and Church Growth
The Smith Center for Evangelism, Mission, and Church Growth exists to help the local churches of the Central Texas Conference reach people we are not already reaching. Missional programs are directed to develop churches through programming and new church starts support. The Smith Center will also focus missional efforts for the Conference youth and young adults in supporting a youth coordinator, campus ministries, and Glen Lake Camp. The Conference property held until sale is funded by the Smith Center. Conference outreach strategies are funded by New Church Starts designated fund with new faith community grants, pastor compensation of new church starts, and property loans.
The Roberts Center for Leadership and Administration
Leadership. The Roberts Center exists to equip and support clergy leaders in our mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Clergy are called to be visionary leaders, to perceive a future that increasingly mirrors the kingdom of God, and to equip and empower the church to live into that reality. The Roberts Center works to support clergy in their mission through coaching and cohort groups, clergy days apart, mental health initiatives, retreats, scholarships and in its partnership with the Board of Ordained Ministry.
Administration. Administration is a ministry that helps enable other ministries. The financial and administrative services of the annual conference include budgeting, financial planning, accounting, pensions, health benefits, statistical data, archives, stewardship, connectional mission giving, legal services, and helping resource local churches in their administration.
The area of the budget designated as “Annual Conference” includes a number of ministries and programs: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program, Cabinet Teams, Communications and Technology, Clergy Moving Expenses, Conference Chancellor (legal expenses), the Bishop's Preaching Award, Cabinet Consultants and Expenses, Core Team, Laity Team, Nominating Team, Connectional Resources, Funds for special clergy needs that may arise, equitable compensation and interim pastoral support, MinistrySafe program, retiree health benefits, expenses for delegates to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences, the Conference Journal, expenses for the session(s) of the annual conference, and general administrative expenses.