Several new developments in the BSA Bankruptcy case have recently come to light that indicate that the bankruptcy proceedings are coming to an end, and UMC churches may very likely be asked to vote or otherwise participate in the bankruptcy proceedings and do so in a relatively quick time frame. Jeff Roper and our Conference Chancellor Wilson Woods have studied and attended several hours of meetings on the new developments and are prepared to take churches step-by-step through the actions required - how to fill out the appropriate forms, what forms to keep, what forms to ignore or shred, deadlines for the court to receive forms and more. Please make your plans to attend one of the BSA Update Zoom meetings with Jeff Roper. Those meetings are scheduled for...
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The development of the next generation of clergy and lay leadership is a long-standing core conviction and driving force in the Central Texas Conference’s mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. “Bishop Lowry has repeatedly reminded us on the Cabinet, as well as the entire conference, of his firm belief that God is calling us to identify, grow and lift up a new generation of leadership in the church, and that we need to invest in leaders who can creatively and faithfully work to move forward to a new spring the Methodist movement,” said Jeff Roper, executive director of the Roberts Center for Leadership and Administration. “That is one of the several reasons why I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Meredith Bell will be joining the Central Texas Conference team as our Coordinator of Emerging Leaders.” The Coordinator of Emerging Leaders role will primarily focus on working with Campus Ministries and cultivating the call to ordained ministry in young adults – two areas about which Meredith is quite familiar and passionate. Visit ctcumc.org/news for more details and quotes from Meredith about this new opportunity.
During the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, reporting weekly narrative and statistical data via VitalSigns to the Districts and Conference was not seen as a priority. However, the time has come to resume accurate, weekly reporting via VitalSigns. Knowing where we are is the first step in leading to where we are going. The metrics reported should include worship attendance (in-person and online), professions of faith, number of small groups (in-person and online), and probably most importantly, the stories of the daily life and mission of the church that speaks so much to what God is doing in our churches and communities throughout the CTC. Please visit ctcumc.org/vitalsigns for more info and/or to access the VitalSigns tool. See also Rev. Mike Ramsdell's Weekly eNote from July 7, 2021 for more details and context.
As the CTC continues to move Forward to a New Spring and reimagine all the ways that our churches and people go about our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, the Center for Evangelism, Mission and Church Growth (CEMCG) has also reimagined its New Faith Communities Grant Initiative by adding two new levels of grants and changing the request process from an application to a proposal. Click on the graphic to the right to view a video from Rev. Mike Ramsdell, executive director of CEMCG, in which he highlights Phase II of the New Faith Community Grants. For more details, be sure to visit ctcumc.org/new-faith-communities-grant
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