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Energizing and Equipping

The stated mission of the Central Texas Conference is to energize and equip local churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Local churches make disciples who engage (both individually and collectively) in world transforming ministry. The Conference energizes and equips. There is good news, really good news on how we are doing.  Randy Wild, Executive Director for Mission Support, developed the following report:

CATEGORY

2010

2011

DIFFERENCE

%     Change

# of churches with at least 1 Profession of Faith

152

195

43

28%

# of churches with at least 1 Baptism

151

189

38

25%

# of churches that held a Confirmation Class

50

101

51

102%

# of churches that showed a gain in Worship attendance

53

121

71

133%

# of churches with at least 1 Mission team sent into the world

74

124

50

68%

# of churches with at least 1 community ministry in Outreach, Justice and Mercy

146

206

60

41%

# of churches that paid at least 100% of their Connectional Mission Giving (CMG)

268

262

-6

-2%

  Every category save one is up!  They are not only up but up substantially.  Well done thou good and faithful servants!  The member churches, both lay and clergy leadership, are to be congratulated.  Represented within this report are the five practices: radical hospitality (profession of faith, baptism), passionate worship (worship attendance), risk-taking mission (mission team & community ministry in Outreach, Justice and Mercy), intentional faith development (baptism, confirmation class), and extravagant generosity (Connectional Mission Giving).  It is worth noting that 285 of our 305 chartered churches have completed their Vital Congregations sign up.  Narrative is crucial and must be yoked with metrics.  The two go together like salt and pepper.  I am proud and blessed to be the bishop of the Central Texas Conference!