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Important BSA Bankruptcy Update – Receipt of Disclosure Statement Package Expected at Churches Soon

published 10/12/2021
The Central Texas Conference continues to monitor the ongoing Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Bankruptcy as the CTC and the local churches of the conference work through different and forward-looking ways to continue to safely, carefully and effectively be together in ministry with BSA troops and packs. The conference was recently informed by the United Methodist Ad Hoc Committee* that thousands of United Methodist churches across the U.S. will soon receive a Disclosure Statement Package related to...

AACtion! Online Town Hall Announced for Oct. 21

published 10/7/2021
Meeting to be held via Zoom beginning at 7 p.m.  Register Here Last month (Sept. 22), the conference announced AACtion! Strengthening Our African American Witness – a one-million-dollar initiative imagined by the Central Texas Conference Cabinet. The aim of AACtion! is to grow and strengthen our African American Churches’ witness and fruitfulness in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As a follow up to the information and resources about AACtion! already ...

District Meetings on Changing Local Church Relationship with the BSA Announced

published 10/6/2021
Mandatory Active Clergy meetings set for Oct. 14, 18 & 28 via Zoom. Register Here Last month, Bishop Lowry sent a letter to Central Texas Conference clergy, lay leadership and Trustee chairs directing all churches, faith communities and ministries of the CTC to end all chartering agreements with the Boy Scouts of America by Dec. 31, 2021 and establish a Facility Use Agreement with their BSA troop or pack(s).   Beginning Oct. 14, Jeff Roper, Executive Director of the Roberts Center for ...

Dr. Tim Bruster Announces Plans to Retire in June 2022

published 10/4/2021
Rev. Lance Marshall and Dr. Bruster to be named Co-Senior Pastors on Nov. 1, with Lance as Senior Pastor following Tim’s retirement next June. Oct 4., 2021 On Sunday October 3, 2021, Dr. Tim Buster, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, announced his plans to retire from active ministry in June 2022. Tim has served as senior pastor of First Forth Worth for the past nineteen years. Rev. Lance Marshall has been announced to succeed Tim as senior pastor. Lance will assume ...

Dr. Meredith Bell Named as Central Texas Conference Coordinator of Emerging Leaders

published 9/30/2021
New, part-time position to support, enhance and grow impact of Campus ministries as well as increasing opportunities to reach and encourage young adults considering a call to ministry. September 30, 2021 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 ...

Changing CTC Churches Relationship with the BSA

published 9/15/2021
As circumstances regarding a proposed legal settlement by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) regarding ongoing litigation involving alleged sexual misconduct in scouting continue to evolve, Bishop Lowry issued the letter below to the clergy and Trustee chairs of the CTC directing all churches, faith communities and ministries of the Central Texas Conference to end all chartering agreements with the BSA by Dec. 31, 2021 and establish a Facility Use Agreement (FUA) if the church chooses to maintain ...

Rising from the Ashes – Mooreville UMC Consecrates Its New Sanctuary

published 9/6/2021
by Maddie Pittman* (more photos from the event are available on the CTC Facebook page) Congregants and honored guests of Mooreville United Methodist Church gathered to consecrate a brand-new sanctuary Sunday, Aug. 29. This long-time-in-the-making triumph began in tragedy more than two and a half years ago. On Feb. 7, 2019, the church’s 108-year-old sanctuary erupted in flames and burned to the ground due to an electrical issue. All that was left of the historic sanctuary was an angel, it’s ...

Natalie Davidson Announces Decision to Step Down as Executive Director of Glen Lake Camp

published 9/2/2021
Natalie’s positive influence on Glen Lake Camp began in 2009 as Program Director   Davidson to work with Glen Lake Board and Search Committee throughout transition process Sept. 2, 2021 A calling to serve children, youth and the young-at-heart adults who attend Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center which began more than 12 years ago will soon come to a very successful end. Natalie Davidson has announced that she intends to step down from her role as Executive Director of Glen Lake Camp (GLC).   “I ...

Rev. Beverly Connelly Installed as Superintendent of the South/Central Districts

published 8/25/2021
Many plans are in a person’s mind,     but the Lord’s purpose will succeed. Proverbs 19:21 Rev. Beverly Connelly was officially installed as the District Superintendent of the South and Central Districts during a powerful and moving service on Sunday, Aug. 22 at First Methodist Waco. While the service proceeded like a well-orchestrated event with fantastic music and wonderfully preaching, to say that the events which led to this day were part of anyone’s 2021 plans would be quite the stretch.   ...

Rev. Philip Rhodes Installed as Superintendent of the East District Area

published 6/28/2021
June 28, 2021 The Strength of Our Source In a service rife with joy, memories and emotion, Rev. Philip Rhodes was installed as the next Superintendent of the East District Area on Sunday, June 27. The event was beautifully hosted both in person and online by First United Methodist Church of Hurst. Rev. Rhodes will officially assume the DS duties from Dr. Randy Wild (who is making his at least his second attempt at retirement) on July 1.   Bishop Lowry recalled his first meeting with Rev. ...

Council of Bishops Designates Ruben Saenz Jr as Coverage Bishop for Central Texas Conference Effective January 1, 2022

published 6/3/2021
Bishop Saenz, Episcopal Leader of the Great Plains Conference UMC, will succeed Bishop Mike Lowry, who recently announced his plans to take vocational retirement, until the South Central Jurisdictional Conference can convene and elect a permanent bishop for the Central Texas Conference.  June 3, 2021 The United Methodist Council of Bishops (COB) today announced that Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. has been designated to cover the episcopal duties for the Central Texas Conference (CTC) upon the ...

Bishop Lowry to Retire from Episcopacy Effective Jan. 1, 2022

published 5/7/2021
The mission/WIG of the Central Texas Conference (CTC) of Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World Remains the Focus and Priority Council of Bishops Expected to Name CTC Episcopal Coverage This Summer Coverage Bishop to Lead CTC Throughout 2022 Bishop Lowry Confident the CTC and the Next Bishop to be Blessed by the Vision and Faithfulness Each Brings May 7, 2021 Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist ...

Meeting of Postponed 2020 General Conference Delayed Until Aug/Sept 2022

published 2/25/2021
COB Calls a Special, Online Session of General Conference for May 8, 2021 Feb. 25, 2021 The Commission on the General Conference has announced its decision to further postpone the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church until late summer 2022. The decision, which was reached during the Commission’s meeting on Feb. 20, is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, its effect on the safety of mass gatherings and global travel and the lack of reliable technology available to all of the ...

Are Individuals in Your Area Eligible for FEMA Assistance?

published 2/24/2021
FEMA adds 31 Texas Counties to Individual Assistance Eligibility List – Website Makes it Easy to Determine if You Are Eligible. Feb. 24, 2021 Late on Tuesday (Feb. 23), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Texas homeowners and renters in 31 additional counties who suffered damage from last week’s winter storm may now apply for Individual Disaster Assistance. This brings the number of counties in Texas in which individuals are eligible to apply for FEMA assistance to 108 ...

$10,000 UMCOR Grant Made Available to the Central Texas Conference

published 2/19/2021
Emergency Financial Assistance from UMCOR is On the Way. Feb. 19, 2021 Mrs. Betty Alexander (left), executive assistant to Bishop Mike Lowry witnesses Bishop Lowry (right) signing the letter to UMCOR officially requesting an emergency relief grant to the Central Texas Conference. The UMCOR Grant will release as much as $10K is emergency financial assistance to the conference. Bishop Lowry has officially requested an emergency relief grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (...

Rev. Philip Rhodes Appointed as East District Area Superintendent Effective July 1

published 2/7/2021
Dr. Randy Wild to give retirement another try after rejoining the Cabinet as East DS in 2019 Feb. 7, 2021 Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced that Rev. Philip Rhodes will be appointed as the Superintendent of the East District Area of the Central Texas Conference effective July 1. Dr. Randy Wild, the East District Area’s current superintendent, will (again) retire from active ministry on July 1.   On Jan. 1, changes ...

CTC Cabinet Update - Dr. Lisa Neslony and Rev. Brad Brittain Begin Local Church Appointments

published 2/2/2021
The Forward to a New Spring Initiative Continues to Bring Changes & New Opportunities Feb. 2, 2021 When the Forward to a New Spring plan was officially adopted by the 2020 Annual Conference, the wheels of change related to the structure of the conference were put into motion. On Monday, Feb. 1, one of those changes became official as Dr. Lisa Neslony and Rev. Brad Brittain officially moved into their appointments as the senior pastor of St. John the Apostle and St. Barnabas UMCs respectively. ...

Conference Service Center Christmas/New Year Office Closed

published 12/17/2020
We, here at the Central Texas Conference Service Center wish you and your family a very Happy and Holy Christmas and New Year, we join you in prayer for all of our local churches ministries as we journey forward into 2021 and beyond. The Conference Service Center will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays beginning Dec. 24. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 4.

Central Texas Conference Announces District Discipleship Teams, Updated District Lines

published 11/23/2020
Assistant DSs, Discipleship Coaches and Student Discipleship Coordinators for each District Area announced. Teams officially begin duties Jan. 1, 2021. Nov. 23, 2020 When the Forward to a New Spring initiative was adopted by the Annual Conference in October, the wheels of change were set in motion to reimagine and restructure conference resources to best energize and equip the local churches of the Central Texas Conference. Forward to a New Spring is not a new direction for the Central Texas ...

Hurricane Laura Response Update

published 8/26/2020
Prayers and Patience are What's Needed Now Aug. 26, 5:15 p.m. As Hurricane Laura takes aim on the Louisiana/Texas coastline with what is projected to be a devastating storm surge, many of the good people of the Central Texas Conference are already asking “what can we do to help?” The immediate answer is to pray and hold tight until the areas of need are revealed once the storm passes and proper damage assessments can be completed. The CTC disaster response team has been, is and will continue to ...

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