Childcare Available for AC21 Worship Services & Business Meetings

Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory, South/Central District Area Superintendent, has announced that childcare will be provided for anyone attending any of the AC21 worship services and/or business meetings in person. Childcare services are through the First Methodist Waco team and are provided at no cost. Please email sara@firstwaco.com to reserve your spot(s) as soon as possible.


Building Micro Churches & Small Groups Webinar Replay Now Available

While “the shutdown” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic revealed many methods churches can use to reach new people in new ways, perhaps the most unique discoveries were the birth of “Micro Churches” within an existing church, along with the rediscovery of the critical nature of small groups.On May 26, Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory, South/Central District Area Superintendent, lent her experience and expertise to the mix alongside Bishop Mike Lowry and Rev. Mike Ramsdell for the final webinar in the New Church for a New World Webinar Series. During their conversations, the trio focused on “Micro Churches” and small groups – both essential elements in our mission and Wildly Important Goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Click on the player below to view a replay of May 26 webinar and hear the insights and ideas shared by Bishop Lowry, Mike and Leah. To download a replay for sharing or use in a small group, please visit the CTC Vimeo page.


CTC Council on Finance & Administration to Offer Q&A Meetings on 2022 Budget

Zoom Meetings open to all voting members of AC21 scheduled for Wednesday, June 16 at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

To provide the clergy and lay members of Annual Conference with ample opportunity to seek clarification and/or additional information on the proposed budget for 2022, the Central Texas Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) is offering two Question & Answer meeting opportunities via Zoom on Wednesday, June 16. Gary Sult, President of CFA, and Jeff Roper, Conference Benefits Officer and Executive Director of the Robert’s Center for Leadership, will be on hand to answer questions and provide any additional information on the budget at 9 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m., June 16. Visit ctcumc.org/ac21-budget-meetings for full details.


The 2021 Preliminary Report to Annual Conference is Now Available

Visit ctcumc.org/AC21-preliminary-report to view / download the 2021 Preliminary Report.


2021 Glen Lake Summer Camp Volunteers Needed!

Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center needs approximately 95 volunteers for it 2021 Summer Camp season. Volunteers will be with us for the full week of camp, living in the cabins, leading campers through unique adventures, intentional community, and life in Christ alongside one of the Summer Staff. Camp dates can be found on the Glen Lake website. While volunteer opportunities are available for all camps and genders, there is a particular need for male volunteers at all camps and for the Expedition (Jr. High) camps.
 
If you are interested in volunteering this summer at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center, or just want to learn more, please visit glenlake.org/volunteer or contact Patrick Turkett, patrick@glenlake.org, 254-897-2247.
Volunteers must complete a background check, the 5 Steps of the MinistrySafe certification, and the camp's online volunteer training.

South/Central District Goes to Zone Coverage

In April 2021, The South Central District Area (SCDA) Superintendent Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory and the District Area Discipleship Team hosted a gathering of the District Lay Leaders and the newly named SCDA Zone Leaders at Bosqueville UMC for a time of introduction and discussion on the vision for the district zones and Zone Leaders, as well as to engage in a time of prayer and sacrament with each other. Please see the video below or click here to read more as Leah shares more on the establishment of zones, the role of the zone leaders and the need for all the district leadership – clergy and lay – to be active in covenantal and sacramental relationships.

 


Bishop Lowry Announces Retirement from Episcopacy Effective Jan. 1, 2022

Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church has announced that he will retire from the episcopacy effective January 1, 2022. Bishop Lowry, who will enter into Vocational Retirement as defined in ¶408.2b in the 2016 UMC Book of Discipline, is the longest tenured episcopal leader in the history of the Fort Worth Episcopal Area having served as bishop of the Central Texas Conference since his election to the episcopacy in 2008.
 
Because a new or permanent bishop cannot be assigned to the Central Texas Conference until a duly held meeting of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference (SCJ) is convened, the Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has the duty of providing episcopal coverage for the conference according to ¶407 of the UMC Book of Discipline. Though it is anticipated to be sometime this summer, currently there is no official timetable for when or who the Council of Bishops will announce as the bishop to cover the episcopal duties for the conference until a permanent bishop can be assigned. The 14th session of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference is tentatively scheduled to convene sometime in the fall/winter of 2022 following the announced Aug. 29 – Sept. 6, 2022 meeting of the Postponed-2020 General Conference. As such, it is anticipated that whomever the COB selects to provide episcopal coverage for the Central Texas Conference will do so until Jan. 1, 2023. Please visit ctcumc.org/bishop-lowry-to-retire-jan1_2022 for more details.

Meet Our District Discipleship Coach, Rev. Gary White

The Central Texas Conference’s video introduction series of the members of the CTC’s District Discipleship Teams continues as we meet those who have answered the call to serve as District Discipleship Coaches.

Making disciples of Jesus Christ is at the core of everything we do in the Central Texas Conference. The establishment of District Discipleship Coaches as part of the Forward to a New Spring initiative is designed to provide clergy and lay leadership with dedicated resources and work with each church’s unique character and mission field to develop, improve, implement and grow discipleship pathways that lead to a vibrant culture of discipleship in each of our local churches.

 

Please click on the video below to meet your District Discipleship Coach Rev. Gary White to hear a little about how he views his role as a District Discipleship Coach, some of the plans and visions he has in the short- and long-term for the South/Central District Area and how he is eagerly looking forward to contacting and beginning to work with the clergy and lay leadership in the South and Central districts as we together journey Forward to a New Spring in our wildly important goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Click here to view the video introduction of the South/Central District Area Asst. District Supreintendent Dr. Pat McCain.

Click here for a video featuring Gary and his East & North/West Distirct Area counterparts Rev. Sharon Reid and Rev. Joseph Nader.


New Faith Community Grants - Phase II

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


Nomination Deadline for Morris Walker Award for Laity is May 15

Do you know a lay person who is an exemplary leader both within your church and in the wider connection? The conference laity team is seeking nominations for an individual to receive the 2021 Morris Walker Award. Nomination letters can be as elaborate as you wish, but only a single letter of recommendation (per person nominated) describing the “above and beyond” ministries of the nominee is required. Previous Walker Award recipients are not eligible for the award. Nomination letters, along with any accompanying support materials or other letters of recommendation, should be signed by at least one nominator and emailed to the Central Texas Conference Lay Leader Darlene Alfred at darlenealfred@ctcumc.org, or sent via snail mail to Central Texas Conference Service Center, Attn: Darlene Alfred, PO Box 50517, Fort Worth, TEXAS 76105. The deadline for 2021 nominations is May 15.


2021 Central Texas Annual Conference Moved to June 20-22, 2021

AC21 to be Online with Limited In-Person Participation Available for Events in Waco

Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader for the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church has announced that the 2021 Central Texas Annual Conference meeting will be held June 20-22. The conference will be held online with limited in-person availability for events held at First Methodist Waco. Details about worship services, the Service of Commissioning and Ordination, the clergy and laity session, the business meeting and more will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch your email, ctcumc.org/ac21 and your district webpages for those details as they are available.


 

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