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Bishops Lowry and Bledsoe Join Togther to Support the Bishops' Call to Action

published 9/20/2011
“Stay Focused on The Mission” by Vance Morton* div style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">Bishop J. Michael Lowry, Episcopal Leader of the Central Texas Conference and Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, the Episcopal Leader of the North Texas Conference released a joint statement Tuesday, Sept. 20 definitively stating their support for the Bishops’ Call to Action and subsequent recommendations by the Interim Operation Team. div style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;li...

Rolling Down the Road of Change - Conference Leaders Gather and Discuss What's New with the Exodus Project

published 9/19/2011
by Vance Morton* div style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">Last Sunday, Sept. 18, on a beautiful afternoon that the Lord made for us, more than 60 conference leaders – lay and clergy – travelled from the five corners of the Central Texas Conference (CTC) and gathered at First United Methodist Hillsboro for a three-hour training session around the implementation and progress of the conference’s new organizational structure prescribed in the Exodus Project. Now then, ...

A Crash Course on Customer Service

published 9/16/2011
span style="font-size:10.0pt;Arial","sans-serif"; color:black">by Rev. Randy Wild* span style="font-size:10.0pt;Arial","sans-serif"; color:black">In the corporate world it is called customer service. In the church world we call it radical hospitality. In reality, it is the Golden Rule and the manifestation of God’s Love!!   span style="font-size:10.0pt;Arial","sans-serif"; color:black">I would like to share with you a video produced by WalkTheTalk.com that I came across on the Simple Truths ...

Self-Care Covenant Workshop Coming This November

published 9/14/2011
The servant leaders of the Central Texas Conference (CTC) are invited to a Self-Care Covenant Workshop, Nov. 7-8. The Self-Care Covenant Workshop provides a structured opportunity for individuals to examine their current life- and work-style choices and see how those choices are affecting their mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual health. div style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">We are constantly presented with choices that either enhance or detract ...

2012 Financial Planning Workbooks Available

published 9/13/2011
  by David Stinson*   If you are a pastor, treasurer, financial secretary, finance chairperson, PPR chairpersons and/or involved in the financially planning/reporting process for your congregation, the following is for you.   As we all know, change has characterized the Central Texas Conference this year – new and fewer districts, new district offices, new personnel and structure in the Conference office are but a few of the many changes brought to life through the Exodus Project. As you look ...

September 11, 2011: A day of emotion and hope

published 9/12/2011
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Building Bridges to the Future on 9/11

published 9/2/2011
Bishop Goodpaster Calls for Building Bridges on 10th Anniversary of September 11   from reports by United Methodist Communications   In a statement just released from Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, president of the UMC Council of Bishops (photo right), United Methodists around the world are being asked to commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 with prayer and a focus on interfaith connection. In his statement, Bishop Goodpaster highlights his and the Council of Bishops’ ...

Early Bird Registration Extended for GBPHB Clergy Benefits Academy 2011

published 9/2/2011
by Vance Morton* The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) sent out word earlier today that they have decided to extend the Early Bird registration for the 2011 Clergy Benefits Academy through next Friday, September 9, 2011 a.d. Those registering by the Sept. 9 deadline will receive a discounted rate of $119 ($209.00 with spouse), the fee increases to $149.00 ($239.00 with spouse) after Sept. 8.   What do you get for that fee? Good question – according to the good folks at the ...

Economy Trumps Terrorism as Top Global Concern Among Americans

published 8/31/2011
New UMC-sponsored poll looks at American attitudes towards global citizenship by United Methodist Communications www.umcpresscenter.org   A decade after 9/11, only 16 percent of Americans believe terrorism is the most important issue in the world, according to a new survey on Americans’ interest in international concerns and related behaviors.   Economic weakness and unemployment were identified as the chief concern for most Americans, with twice as many respondents citing it as the most ...

Possum Kingdom/Irene Disaster Response Update

published 8/31/2011
by Kyland Dobbins*   The past several days have yet again served to remind how quickly lives can be turned upside down in the wake of a natural disaster. They have also served to remind how quickly the people of the Central Texas Conference are to offer assistance to those affected. As our brothers and sisters across the eastern seaboard of the United States and (closer to home) Palo Pinto County are beginning the long journey of picking up the pieces and moving on, we have already heard from ...

Here's a little taste of what to expect from our Fall Summit speaker Reggie McNeal

published 8/26/2011
by Vance Morton* As I was trolling around the interwebernet today I thought that I'd pop over toYouTube and see if there were any good clips from Reggie McNeal to help whet my appetite for our upcoming Fall Summit. Well, of course there were...it's YouTube, that site has clips of everything. Below are two that I found that I thought you might find interesting. The first (on the left) is an interview with Reggie before this year's On Target Evangelism conference. The other (on the right) is a ...

Get Your Reggiestrations In Today!

published 8/25/2011
by Vance Morton*   As the temperatures remain firmly locked in the triple digits and continue to bake those of us who live, work and worship within the Central Texas Conference, it is hard to think anything related to Fall is close at hand. But, if you’ll take a closer look at the calendar, our annual Fall Summit featuring the teachings of Reggie McNeal, a world-renowned authority on shifting the focus of your church into a missional mindset, is but a few short weeks away – Sept. 10 to be exact....

Methodist Childrens Home Earns COA Reaccreditation

published 8/18/2011
The Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) in Waco has received word that the Council on Accreditation (COA) has granted reaccreditation to the institution. Methodist Children’s Home President Tim Brown received word of the reaccreditation earlier this month in a letter from Richard Klarberg, president and chief executive officer of COA. This recognition marks MCH as one of only 32 organizations in Texas to have received COA accreditation. “Reaccreditation is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates...

Powered by Prayer, Partners in Mission Brings Generations Together in a TEAMeffort

published 8/8/2011
by Amy Banta*   A diverse youth group from Ridglea UMC recently returned from a successful mission trip in Eureka Springs, Arkansas that left such an impact on the mission’s recipients, Elveto and Theo Walker, their tales of their generosity found the ear of the local newspaper, the Arkansas Carroll County News. While diversity in a group of missionaries from the CTC may not be all that unique (and ain’t that a good thing?!) it is the particular brand of diversity of which this group was forged ...

Dishing Out God's Love

published 8/5/2011
by Amy Banta*   The Central Texas Conference seems to be continuously finding new ways of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and Rev. Jason Valendy, associate minister at Arlington Heights UMC, is no exception. For him, “re-thinking Church” is more than just changing how the Sunday worship hour is conducted. After reading Andy Crouch’s Culture Making, he began to realize that as Christians, it is all too easy for us to “critique, condemn, copy and consume ...

Joshua UMC Takes a Half-Ton of Love to Haiti

published 8/2/2011
by Vance Morton* - from reports at joshuamission.wordpress.com   Ten representatives of First United Methodist Church of Joshua will arrive in Port-au-Prince, Haiti this Wednesday, Aug. 3, for a 10-day service project that includes rebuilding classroom security walls, plumbing, electrical work and constructing a playground area for a school near Puit Blains in Port-au-Prince. (Pictured - back row: Michael Hartman, Debbie Lehman, Nicole Hutchison, Rev. Lara Whitley, and Alan Eastering; front row:...

Shifting the Focus: Changing from a church-centric to a kingdom-centric culture with Author and Church Leadership Specialist Reggie McNeal

published 8/2/2011
by Vance Morton*   The Central Texas Conference is thrilled to announce a unique opportunity to come together and hear from one of the leading experts of the day on how to transform yourself and your church into a more missional mindset. Please join us Saturday, Sept. 10 at First Methodist Church Mansfield, for a conversation with Reggie McNeal, church leadership specialist and author of best sellers “The Present Future” and “Missional Renaissance,” – both definitive works on the widespread ...

REAP What You Sow

published 8/1/2011
by Vance Morton* and Dawne Phillips** On Sept. 16-17, you can gather seeds for sowing, build skills and develop confidence to build God's kingdom at REAP, a conference focused on “Renewing, Equipping, Affirming, Preparing” those in ministry with children, youth, adults and spiritual formation. This year’s event will be held at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston. REAP is a regional event sponsored by the Christian Educators Fellowship of the Texas Annual Conference, a group ...

Epworth Youth Return from Youth 2011 as Champions

published 7/29/2011
by Vance Morton* and Leanne Johnston**   The youth of Epworth UMC recently returned from Youth 2011 at Purdue University with more than memories and life-altering experiences. They arrived back in Arlington, Texas as the 2011 Champions of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral Competition (WQC) - a quiz competition with questions concerning scripture, experience, reason and tradition. [Pictured in the photo right are Allison Cyrier, Katie Donaldson, Suzanne Winter (second row), Amy Miller, Lacy Pulliam, ...

Prayers Requested for the People of Norway

published 7/25/2011
Bishop Lowry is asking that the people and churches of the Central Texas conference continue to be diligent in lifting up prayers for the people of Norway. As the reports from Norway continue to pour in regarding the July 22 bombings and shootings in Norway, it is clear that it will take much time and support for the people of that normally peaceful country try to come to grips with what is now the deadliest attack in that country since WWII. Yet, even in the midst of such horror, tales of ...

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