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Please email the CTC Communications team (vancemorton@ctcumc.org, dustinkaps@ctcumc.org and/or bradleyalexander@ctcumc.org) with a summary of the story you wish to share and your contact information. (Of course, full drafts of the narrative, photos and/or videos are also welcome and encouraged!)
McMillan UMC Snack Pack Ministry of Witness

McMillan UMC Snack Pack Ministry of Witness

9/27/2022

One of the most vital ministries is the ministry of witness, and witnessing can be done in so many ways. As part of McMillan’s Witness Ministry, to Witness to the Children as well as their Parents, by showing them they care, every Friday after school members of McMillan UMC in Ft. Worth pass out ...


Update from Dr. Will Cotton on Reimagining Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the CTC

Update from Dr. Will Cotton on Reimagining Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the CTC

9/21/2022

We invite you to watch a brief video of Dr. Will Cotton, Executive Director of the Smith Center for Evangelism, Mission, & Church Growth, give an update on the Task Force for Reimagining Youth and Young Adults Ministries in the Central Texas Conference.    


Bishop Offers Episopal Address to the Special Session of AC22

Bishop Offers Episopal Address to the Special Session of AC22

9/19/2022

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church came together for a Special Session of the 2022 Annual Conference to take action on 81 petitions for disaffiliation from CTC local churches and to adopt the 2023 Conference budget. Prior to voting on the issues of the...


Bishop Saenz shares about the Upper Room Devotional Ministry

Bishop Saenz shares about the Upper Room Devotional Ministry

9/7/2022

For many years in the United Methodist Church the Upper Room Devotional Book has been a mainstay for Bible Study for all ages in the greater connection of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Saenz in today's video shares a little about his personal experience with the Upper Room and how it has ...


The CTC Cabinet Works to Reimagine Discipleship at the Texas/Mexico Border

The CTC Cabinet Works to Reimagine Discipleship at the Texas/Mexico Border

9/1/2022

Speaking from the Texas/Mexico Border, Bishop Saenz reminds us our call to Reimagine Discipleship in action of Crossing Over Borders that Christ calls us to cross. Borders that limit our reach because of culture, language, race, and much much more. What borders are preventing you and your local ...


CTC Cabinet Visits Texas/Mexico Border Wall

CTC Cabinet Visits Texas/Mexico Border Wall

8/31/2022

Bishop Saenz provides an update from the Joint CTC and Great Plains Cabinet summit at the Texas/Mexico border. As a part of their immersive experience the teams visited a section of the border wall and an organization that helps migrants legally and effectively transition. Bishop Saenz briefly ...


CTC Cabinet

CTC Cabinet "Crosses Over" in South Texas

8/30/2022

As part of the Central Texas Conference focus to Reimagine Discipleship and reach new people in new ways in our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, Bishop Saenz is leading the Cabinets from Central Texas and the Great Plains Conferences to several areas in ...


It's Game-Time!

It's Game-Time!

8/18/2022

Bishop Saenz trades his sport coat and tie for a coach’s hat and whistle and shares a rousing “pre-game pep talk” to the CTC as churches begin to emerge from their summer schedules and ramp up their disciple-making ministries and community outreach initiatives for this fall and beyond. “The ...


A Special Back to School Message from Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr!

A Special Back to School Message from Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr!

8/10/2022

Take a moment to watch and hear a special Back to School Message from Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. We are praying for all of you as you engage in discussions and study throughout the new school year. Study and learn and grow as a testimony of how much you love Jesus! Churches we invite you also to share ...


Cedar Springs UMC - A New #BeUMC Video Narrative

Cedar Springs UMC - A New #BeUMC Video Narrative

8/10/2022

Cedar Springs UMC is home to many who drive from far away to come to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Tragedy struck this beloved church building, but the foundation of Jesus' saving grace was still present and has propelled Cedar Springs UMC with new confessions of faith and baptisms! Rev....


First UMC Arlington Vacation Bible Camp - A NEW Video Narrative

First UMC Arlington Vacation Bible Camp - A NEW Video Narrative

8/3/2022

It has been said or inferred very heavily throughout the years of the church that ministry is the greatest science experiment in the church, and that is definitely at play in our young people's ministry all across the conference. At FUMC Arlington, under the leadership of the Director of Family ...


Summer Fun Day at Glen Lake Camp

Summer Fun Day at Glen Lake Camp

7/29/2022

The Waterpark was open and available for everyone to enjoy along with other activities, and Food Trucks will be available on-site. It was a wonderful day at Glen Lake Camp Summer Fun Day in 2022. Thanks for all that came!      


Mel Bishara Shares Why He is Choosing to #BeUMC

Mel Bishara Shares Why He is Choosing to #BeUMC

7/14/2022

Coming to the Central Texas Conference all the way from Nazareth, yes, that Nazareth. As Mel says quite literally, "Jesus is my Homeboy." From our love of Christ to the Mission we do each and every day in the name of Christl, Rev. Mel Bishara, Senior Pastor at St Luke UMC in Haltom City, TX says ...


Joy Dister-Dominguez Shares Why She is Choosing to #BeUMC

Joy Dister-Dominguez Shares Why She is Choosing to #BeUMC

7/12/2022

Rev. Joy Dister-Dominguez, Associate Pastor at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, TX orginally hails from the great state of Michigan and has been a Methodist for many years. Through working with the Hotel Business she transferred to the state of Texas and the United Methodist ...


Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr Shares a Message for our CTC Laity

Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr Shares a Message for our CTC Laity

6/7/2022

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr., Resident Episcopal Leader of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church shared the following video message at our 2022 Annual Conference Laity Session this past Saturday. We are so thankful for all the ministry that the Laity all across the conference partner...


Rev. Daniel Hawkins shares his reasons for choosing to #BeUMC

Rev. Daniel Hawkins shares his reasons for choosing to #BeUMC

6/2/2022

Rev. Daniel Hawkins, Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Cleburne shares about the way of the Via Media (The Middle Way), a way of thinking now am I left or right, but where can we meet in the middle. It's true The United Methodist Church is not of one mind, but as Daniel reminds us, ...


Rev. Lance Marshall shares his reasons for choosing to #BeUMC

Rev. Lance Marshall shares his reasons for choosing to #BeUMC

5/31/2022

Rev. Lance Marshall, Co-Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church - Fort Worth, Texas shares his story of self study, listening to podcasts, and choosing to a United Methodist first before joining a church. Lance shares how important it was to him to first commit to a denomination. He chose to ...


Rev. Sharon Reid with Drs. Bill and Kristi Gaultiere, Journey of the Soul: A Practical Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Growth

Rev. Sharon Reid with Drs. Bill and Kristi Gaultiere, Journey of the Soul: A Practical Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Growth

5/30/2022

Rev. Sharon Reid, East District CTC Discipleship Coordinator and Associate Pastor at First Methodist Mansfield with Drs. Bill and Kristi Gaultiere, Journey of the Soul: A Practical Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Growth.     


Rev. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez shares her first experience in the UMC and how it really is all about Grace.

Rev. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez shares her first experience in the UMC and how it really is all about Grace.

5/19/2022

Before she was an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Zhenya first experienced the UMC in Russia as a translator. She experienced Grace on her first day in a UMC church and to this day she continues to experience Grace, for Zhenya it really is all about Grace and that is why she continues...


Rev. John Woodard Shares his reasons for Choosing to #BeUMC

Rev. John Woodard Shares his reasons for Choosing to #BeUMC

5/17/2022

Rev. John Woodard, Senior Pastor serving local churches Cross Plains United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church of Cisco shares about his faith journey as a young boy that was born into the Methodist Church, and our belief about Communion, that is Christ's Table, that it is a table ...


Allison Alvarado Shares her reasons for choosing to #BeUMC

Allison Alvarado Shares her reasons for choosing to #BeUMC

5/10/2022

Allison Alvarado, serves as the Executive Director at First United Methodist Church in Downtown Fort Worth and today she shares with the Central Texas Conference why she is choosing to #BeUMC. She in her own words doesn't remain the UMC because of loyalty but instead of what it stands for and how it...


Rev. Tim Bruster Shares His Reasons for Choosing To #BeUMC

Rev. Tim Bruster Shares His Reasons for Choosing To #BeUMC

5/4/2022

"The heart cannot embrace what the mind rejects," a Pastor once shared to a teenage Tim Bruster. To this day, as a Co-Senior Pastor of FUMC Fort Worth, Dr. Tim Bruster appreciates that moment because he had questions and always appreciates that the United Methodist Church is a place for you to ...


Rev. Tomeca Richardson Shares Her Reasons for Choosing to #BeUMC

Rev. Tomeca Richardson Shares Her Reasons for Choosing to #BeUMC

5/3/2022

Rev. Tomeca Richardson, Pastor of Morningside UMC & McMillian UMC shares her reasons for choosing to #BeUMC. The church throughout her life has been the welcoming sustaining community that taught her of the One Body of Christ. To be a part of the UMC according to Tomeca to be with people filled with...


Rev Meg Witmer-Faile on Responsive Discipleship with Matt Lake, Fresh Expressions

Rev Meg Witmer-Faile on Responsive Discipleship with Matt Lake, Fresh Expressions

5/2/2022

Join Matt Lake from Fresh Expressions and Rev. Meg Witmer-Faile, Associate Director of Evangelism, Mission, and Church Growth for a conversation about Responsive Discipleship. Rev. Meg and Matt both look at programmatic, virtual, and other concepts to bring your discipleship ministries to a new ...


Rev. Armando Alvarado Shares His Reasons for Choosing to #BeUMC

Rev. Armando Alvarado Shares His Reasons for Choosing to #BeUMC

4/29/2022

Rev. Armando Alvarado, Pastor at New Riverside UMC in Fort Worth, TX shares about his childhood through now being part of the UMC, from laity to now being a clergy of The United Methodist Church and why he continues to choose to #BeUMC.    


UMCOR Fire Clean Up - A NEW CTC Video Narrative

UMCOR Fire Clean Up - A NEW CTC Video Narrative

4/28/2022

When wildfires ripped through the western part of Texas earlier this spring – including several counties in the Central Texas Conference – tens of thousands of acres and more than 100 homes were destroyed. As soon as the area was considered safe enough, Central Texas UMC ERT teams were sent into the...


Mark Burrows Says the Being Together, Loved, Accepted and Cared For are Why He Chooses to #BeUMC

Mark Burrows Says the Being Together, Loved, Accepted and Cared For are Why He Chooses to #BeUMC

4/26/2022

Mark Burrows is the director of Children's Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. He believes that the more we get together as Christians the more empathy we have, the more learning and ministry that can be done and the happier we truly are. The sense of being together in a place...


Rev. Leslie Byrd Shares a Few of the Whys She Is and Will #BeUMC

Rev. Leslie Byrd Shares a Few of the Whys She Is and Will #BeUMC

4/25/2022

Rev. Leslie Byrd, Senior Pastor of New World United Methodist Church (Arlington) and the Assistant District Superintendent of the CTC's East District, shares how much she loves being able to learn and grow together in faith and her belief that we so much stronger together in the UMC Connection than ...


Dr. Mary Spradlin Discusses Having Faith Challenged and the Methodist Connection as Reasons She Chooses to #BeUMC

Dr. Mary Spradlin Discusses Having Faith Challenged and the Methodist Connection as Reasons She Chooses to #BeUMC

4/25/2022

Rev. Dr. Mary Spradlin discusses being able to disagree on the best way to confront difficult and controversial topic while still remaining a faithful Christian as one of the reasons she chooses to #BeUMC. She also touches on why being in a church that challenges your faith and beliefs is a good ...


Rev. Andy Tyler Talks About Why Choosing to #BeUMC Feels Like Coming Home

Rev. Andy Tyler Talks About Why Choosing to #BeUMC Feels Like Coming Home

4/23/2022

After many years of living on the east coast and serving in another denomination, Rev. Andy Tyler discusses how he came to realize that Texas and the Wesleyan tradition is where his heart is. And that's why his decision to #BeUMC feels like being home.  


Bishop Saenz Announces In-Person Clergy & Local Pastors/Associate Member Meetings

Bishop Saenz Announces In-Person Clergy & Local Pastors/Associate Member Meetings

4/22/2022

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr., episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference has decided to convene the 2022 Clergy Executive Session and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members meeting as in-person only events. The meetings had been previously scheduled as online meetings via Zoom. The date ...


Rev. Danny Tenney Details Why He Chooses to #BeUMC

Rev. Danny Tenney Details Why He Chooses to #BeUMC

4/22/2022

Rev. Danny Tenney, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Burleson details Why He Chooses to #BeUMC. Hear a few the reasons why in the video below. And if you would like to share your story for why you choose to #BeUMC (especially laity, come on now, don't let our clergy have all the ...


Rev. Beverly Connelly Shares a Few Reasons Why Even a Self-Described Conservative Chooses to #BeUMC

Rev. Beverly Connelly Shares a Few Reasons Why Even a Self-Described Conservative Chooses to #BeUMC

4/21/2022

Even as a self-described "Conservative", Rev. Beverly Connelly, District Superintendent of the South Central District Area - Central Texas Conference chooses to #BeUMC. Hear a few of her reasons why in the video below. If you would like to share your story for why you choose to #BeUMC (especially ...


Rev. Dr. Chris Hayes Shares Two of the Many Reasons He Chooses to #BeUMC

Rev. Dr. Chris Hayes Shares Two of the Many Reasons He Chooses to #BeUMC

4/19/2022

Rev. Dr. Chris Hayes says that the ideas of "Grace First" and "unity over uniformity are two of the many reasons he chooses to #BeUMC.


Revs. Jannette and Jeff Miller Share Why They Choose to #BeUMC

Revs. Jannette and Jeff Miller Share Why They Choose to #BeUMC

4/19/2022

Rev's Jannette and Jeff Miller (pastors  at China Spring UMC and First United Methodist Church of Belton respectively) share a few of their reasons they choose to #BeUMC  


First Arlington UMC Confirmation Class Loves to #BeUMC

First Arlington UMC Confirmation Class Loves to #BeUMC

4/18/2022

The Confirmation class of First United Methodist Church of Arlington quite adorably shares just a few of the reasons that they are excited to #BeUMC   To join these young Christians in sharing your reason(s) that you choose to #BeUMC, please go to ctcumc.org/be-umc.


A Message for Easter from Bishop Saenz

A Message for Easter from Bishop Saenz

4/16/2022

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. offers a message of hope for Easter.


"A Rich Man Gives His Tomb to Jesus" Station 14 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series Cross Walk

4/14/2022

The Cross Walk Lenten journey concludes as Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. leads us in contemplating the 14th and final Station – A Rich Man Gives His Tomb to Jesus.  Luke 23:50-53    Joseph of Arimathea, a good, righteous, and rich member of the council, is compelled to honor Jesus, his Savior, and Lord, by...


Central Texas Methodists Show Up to #BeUMC for Granger Tornado Cleanup & Recovery

Central Texas Methodists Show Up to #BeUMC for Granger Tornado Cleanup & Recovery

4/14/2022

One of the impactful parts of being United Methodists is how we are all connected together. Communities connect to other Communities and when disaster hits United Methodists from all across the connection come together to help. We offer the following video of United Methodists from around Granger, ...


Rev. Jason Valendy Details Why He Loves to #BeUMC

Rev. Jason Valendy Details Why He Loves to #BeUMC

4/12/2022

Rev. Jason Valendy, co-pastor of Keller UMC loves to #BeUMC because of the grace that's found in Jesus and lived out in service to the world, AND stands over and against a culture that says that the only way for us to be in communion is if we agree on every detail of life and the church.   To join...


"Jesus Commits Himself to God" Station 13 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series Cross Walk

4/12/2022

The Cross Walk Lenten journey continues as Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. leads us in contemplating the 13th Station – Jesus Commits Himself to God.  Luke 23:44-46    A 2021 article by hospice physician Dr. Karen Wyatt provides experienced observations about why some people die in peace, and some don’t. She...


Rev. Don Moore on Why He Chooses to #BeUMC

Rev. Don Moore on Why He Chooses to #BeUMC

4/12/2022

The warm, welcoming and accepting nature of United Methodist Churches that demonstrated Wesley's understanding of grace are just some of the reasons that brought Rev. Don Moore back to the family of Christ more than 20 years ago - reasons that are still part of why he chooses to @BeUMC.   Share ...


Rev. Estee Valendy Shares a Few of Her Reasons to #BeUMC

Rev. Estee Valendy Shares a Few of Her Reasons to #BeUMC

4/11/2022

Rev. Estee Valendy, Co-Senior Pastor at Keller United Methodist Church shares a few of the reasons why she loves the United Methodist Church and why she chooses to #BeUMC.  


"Jesus Creates a New Household of Faith" Station 12 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series Cross Walk

4/9/2022

The Cross Walk Lenten Devotional series continues as Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. contemplates the 12th Station of the Cross - Jesus Creates a New Household of Faith.   The Old and New Testaments offer a gallery of images, metaphors, and pictures that help us grasp the totality of the meaning, purpose, ...


Rev. Bob Rainey Discusses Why He Chooses to #BeUMC

Rev. Bob Rainey Discusses Why He Chooses to #BeUMC

4/9/2022

Rev. Bob Rainey, Senior Pastor at Central UMC in Waco lends his voice to the growing #BeUMC chorus in the Central Texas Conference as he discusses why he chooses to #BeUMC.  


Louis Carr Chooses to #BeUMC

Louis Carr Chooses to #BeUMC

4/8/2022

Rev. Louis Carr, District Superintendent of the North & West Districts of the Central Texas Conference of The UMC shares a few of the reasons he chooses to #BeUMC and joins the country-wide grassroots #BeUMC effort of sharing personal and inspirational narratives of United Methodists living their ...


Kevin Tully Shares Why He Chooese to #BeUMC

Kevin Tully Shares Why He Chooese to #BeUMC

4/7/2022

Rev. Kevin Tully of First Waxahachie UMC joins the country-wide grassroots #BeUMC effort of sharing personal and inspirational narratives of United Methodists living their faith and celebrating what draws us to The United Methodist Church.  


Bishop Saenz Shares Updates on Official CTC Disaffiliation Process

Bishop Saenz Shares Updates on Official CTC Disaffiliation Process

4/7/2022

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. has released a video updating the Central Texas Conference's official procedures of disaffiliation from The United Methodist Church. In the video, Bishop Saenz shares updates on... A church’s ability to take as much time as needed to prayerfully and carefully consider all ...


"Jesus Receives a Criminal in Paradise" Station 11 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series Cross Walk

4/5/2022

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr continues the Cross Walk Lenten Devotional series by contemplating the 11th Station of the Cross - Jesus Receives a Criminal in Paradise. A King crucified on a cross on a hill surrounded by two criminals and a mocking crowd is out of place, isn’t it?  But then, this King was ...


"Jesus Forgives Those Who Crucify Him" Station 10 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series Cross Walk

4/2/2022

Bishop Saenz continues his Lenten Cross Walk Journey by contemplating Station 10 of the Cross - Jesus Forgives Those Who Crucify Him. Forgiveness, humanly speaking, is hard, yet it is one of Jesus' most mentioned topics and something he ultimately modeled and taught from the cross. Our capacity to ...


Bishop Saenz Shares Why He Is Choosing to #BeUMC

Bishop Saenz Shares Why He Is Choosing to #BeUMC

3/29/2022

Bishop Ruben Saenz, episcopal leader for the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church has released his statement as to why he is choosing to remain in The United Methodist Church. The heart-breaking but inevitable announcement of the launch of the Global Methodist denomination on May ...


The Mary & Elizabeth Coalition

The Mary & Elizabeth Coalition

3/29/2022

As the 2022 Women’s History Month rolls to a close, the Central Texas Conference would like to highlight one of its most vital organizations - the Mary and Elizabeth Coalition. The Mary and Elizabeth Coalition is a network of female clergy in the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist ...


Prayers, Financial Support Needed in Wildfire Relief & Recovery Efforts

Prayers, Financial Support Needed in Wildfire Relief & Recovery Efforts

3/24/2022

Bishop Saenz offers an update on the relief and recovery efforts underway in the Central Texas Conference in response to the recent wildfires in the western part of the conference. As in all active disaster situations, the best way anyone can help at this time is to pray. Financial support is also ...


"Jesus is Scourged & Crowned with Thorns" Station 6 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series Cross Walk

3/19/2022

The Cross Walk Lenten journey continues with a contemplation of the Sixth Station of the Cross: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns. The crucifixion of Jesus reveals the depth and horror of the human capacity for cruelty and inhumanity. In the gospel of John, Pilate first orders the Roman ...


Leaning on the Good News that Christ is With Us Even in the Bad Times

Leaning on the Good News that Christ is With Us Even in the Bad Times

3/16/2022

A WIG Narrative with Rev. Dr. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez On Sunday, Feb. 27, Rev. Dr. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez, associate pastor of Grace Groups & Discipleship, was slated to deliver the Transfiguration Sunday sermon to those gathered at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. As she strode to the ...


"Jesus is Judged by Pilate" Station 5 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series Cross Walk

3/15/2022

Bishop Saenz continues his new video series for Lent, “Cross Walk,” today with Station 5 – “Jesus is Judged by Pilate.” In Station 5, Pontius Pilate, the Roman Govenror of Judea at the time of Jesus' crucifixion, questions Jesus not because he finds any fault in him, but because the Sanhedrin ...


"Jesus is Denied by Peter" - Station 4 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series "Cross Walk"

3/12/2022

Bishop Saenz continues his new video series for Lent, “Cross Walk,” today with Station 4 – “Jesus is Denied by Peter.” Peter, in Matthew’s gospel’s portrait and understanding of him, has an elevated role. He is the spokesperson and representative for the disciples. He is presented as a model, both ...


"Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin" - Station 3 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series "Cross Walk"

3/8/2022

Bishop Saenz continues his new video series for Lent, “Cross Walk,” today with Station 3 – “Jesus is Condemned by the Sandherin.” We like to be right. We get baffled when people don’t share our narrative or sense of reality. We get irritated and frustrated when “they don’t get it,” or “can’t see ...


"Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested" - Station 2 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series "Cross Walk"

3/5/2022

Bishop Saenz continues his new video series for Lent, “Cross Walk,” today with Station 2 – “Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested by Judas.” This Lenten journey is a contemplative pilgrimage through Christ’s sufferings, death, and burial based on fourteen biblical Stations of the Cross found in the gospels...


Bishop Asks for Prayers and Special Offering for Ukraine

Bishop Asks for Prayers and Special Offering for Ukraine

3/5/2022

Bishop Saenz is calling on the people and the churches of the Central Texas Conference to a time of dedicated prayer on Sunday, March 6, and until a peaceful resolution is reached in Ukraine. He is also asking that churches receive a Special Offering in support of UMCORs relief efforts for Ukraine. ...


Bishop Saenz on the Further Postponement of General Conference

Bishop Saenz on the Further Postponement of General Conference

3/3/2022

On March 3, the Commission on General Conference officially announced the further postponement of the August 2022 worldwide gathering of delegates to conduct the business of The United Methodist Church, until the regularly scheduled General Conference in May 2024. Please see the following video to ...


"In the Garden" - Station 1 of the 2022 Lenten Video Series "Cross Walk"

3/1/2022

From Ash Wednesday (March 2) through Good Friday (April 15), Bishop Saenz is offering a new video series for Lent he’s calling “Cross Walk.” This Lenten journey is a contemplative pilgrimage through the drama and chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings, death, and burial based on fourteen biblical ...


Bishop Saenz Invites All to Check Out ES22 Video Replays

Bishop Saenz Invites All to Check Out ES22 Video Replays

2/28/2022

Bishop Saenz, still full of excitement following Evangelism Summit 2022, suggests that folks check out the video replays of the event and share them with their churches and small groups. Go to ctcumc.org/es22-videos to access all the replays. Click on the player below to see a brief message from ...


A Black History Month Narrative: Mt. Zion UMC - the CTC's Oldest Black Church

A Black History Month Narrative: Mt. Zion UMC - the CTC's Oldest Black Church

2/17/2022

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, located in Belton, TX is the oldest Black Church in the Central Texas Conference. The church was built in 1893 and was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places in 1990.   The original worship space was a stucco building erected on the banks of Nolan Creek ...


A Bishop’s Passion for Making Disciples of Jesus, Evangelism & Outreach

A Bishop’s Passion for Making Disciples of Jesus, Evangelism & Outreach

2/14/2022

Just a few days before Evangelism Summit 2022 officially kicks off at First Methodist Waco (9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19), Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr and Rev. Armando Alvarado, pastor of New Riverside UMC got together or a Zoom to discuss Bishop Saenz's passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ,...


Black History Month - Hear From Darlene Alfred - The First African American Lay Leader of the Central Texas Conference

Black History Month - Hear From Darlene Alfred - The First African American Lay Leader of the Central Texas Conference

2/11/2022

The CTC continues to shine the spotlight on some of the amazing leaders of color in Conference as we share some thoughts and insights from Darlene Alfred, the Central Texas Conference Lay Leader, on being the first Black female Conference Lay Leader and what that means to her. She also reflects on ...


Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow - Hear from Rev. Beverly Connelly, The First African American Female DS in the Central Texas Conference

Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow - Hear from Rev. Beverly Connelly, The First African American Female DS in the Central Texas Conference

2/8/2022

One of the more important things Christians who care about diversity, equity and inclusiveness can do is to highlight the incredible work being done by some of the amazing leaders of color in the Central Texas Conference. In the first of two videos focusing on such leaders, the Central Texas ...


Church Marketing, Evangelism Planning, and

Church Marketing, Evangelism Planning, and "Felt Needs" Ministries - A conversation with Rev. Kyland Dobbins and Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory

2/7/2022

Rev, Kyland Dobbins, Pastor at Harvest UMC in Fort Worth, TX, and Dr. Leah Hidde Gregory, Executive Director of the Smith Center for Evangelism, Mission, and Church Growth conversate today about the paradigm shift that we all feel in the church in 2022. This conversation brings up many things to ...


Bishop Saenz's Quick Insight Surveys Open Thru Feb. 25

Bishop Saenz's Quick Insight Surveys Open Thru Feb. 25

2/2/2022

Bishop Saenz is inviting the people of the CTC to complete a very short survey so that he might gain some valuable insights as to how clergy and laity feel about their churches, ministries and conference – what we do well and where we believe we have opportunities to do more. Bishop Saenz sees the ...


Faith Sharing & Introducing People to the Transforming Power of Christ

Faith Sharing & Introducing People to the Transforming Power of Christ

1/31/2022

In the third of five pre-Summit teaching videos, Revs. Jay Fraze and Steve Moss share a hearty discussion on Evangelism as faith sharing and introducing people to the transforming power of Jesus Christ.  


Innovation in Evangelism

Innovation in Evangelism

1/24/2022

In the second of five pre-Summit Teaching conversations, Rev. Meg Witmer-Faile discusses the innovations in evangelistic efforts - especially in the COVID era - with Revs. Lisa Greenwood adn Blair Thompson-White from the Texas Methodist Foundation.  


Bishop Saenz's MLK Day Message of Acceptance, Equality, Unity & Justice

Bishop Saenz's MLK Day Message of Acceptance, Equality, Unity & Justice

1/21/2022

"His words mattered then and they still matter today." Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. offers a video message in celebration of the life, work and impact of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of Martin Luther King Day 2022 . As he reflects on the significance of MLK Day, a day first commemorated ...


After Doubt - How to Question Faith Without Losing It

After Doubt - How to Question Faith Without Losing It

1/17/2022

In this first of five Pre-Evangelism Summit 2022 video trainings Rev. David Johnson and Professor A.J. Swoboda discuss the topic of doubt and how to question faith without losing it.  


Bishop Saenz Video Greeting and Introduction to the CTC

Bishop Saenz Video Greeting and Introduction to the CTC

1/17/2022

“I want you to know that serving as your bishop in Central Texas doesn't come as an afterthought. It is THE work Christ and the church have called me to this season.” In his first video message to the Central Texas Conference as its episcopal leader, Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. greets the people of the ...


Episcopal Conversations with Bishops Lowry and Saenz

Episcopal Conversations with Bishops Lowry and Saenz

12/27/2021

In the fall of 2021, Bishops Mike and Lowry and Ruben Saenz recorded a series of discussions about what it is to be a bishop in the United Methodist Church today. As the Central Texas Conference prepares to transition from the episcopal leadership of the retiring Bishop Lowry (2008-2021) to ...


Descend On Us We Pray - A Message for Christmas from Bishop Lowry

Descend On Us We Pray - A Message for Christmas from Bishop Lowry

12/21/2021

In his 2021 video message for Christmas to the Central Texas Conference – his final as the CTC's episcopal leader – Bishop Lowry reaffirms the truth that most know, but often need to be reminded of amidst the secular media blitz of the season: Christmas isn’t found in Santa, parties or gifts, rather...


According to Your Word! - A Message for Advent from Bishop Lowry

According to Your Word! - A Message for Advent from Bishop Lowry

11/28/2021

In his annual – and final – Advent message to the Central Texas Conference, Bishop Lowry focuses on the witness and example of Mary, the mother of Jesus – the one who New Testament scholars regard as “the first and the ideal disciple.” Bishop Lowry also recognizes several similarities between the ...


Millsap UMC Horse Arena Church - A NEW Video Narrative

Millsap UMC Horse Arena Church - A NEW Video Narrative

11/17/2021

Millsap UMC Isn’t Horsin’ Around in Its Efforts to Reach New People in New Places There have been myriad wonderful narratives shared throughout the COVID-19 pandemic of how Central Texas Conference churches have creatively found ways to continue to be the church for their congregations and in their ...


Ever Faithful to the Call - A New Video Narrative

Ever Faithful to the Call - A New Video Narrative

10/21/2021

First Round Rock UMC Member Composes New Military Hymn for Veterans Day Free Download of Music available at everfaithfultothecall.com Tom Lough, a member of First UMC Round Rock and an Army veteran has written a new “Army-focused” hymn titled "Ever Faithful to the Call" to fill a musical gap its ...


What's New with the New Faith Community Grants for 2021-22

What's New with the New Faith Community Grants for 2021-22

10/15/2021

Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory highlights what's new with the CEMCG New Faith Community Grants! The Smith Center for Evangelism, Mission and Church Growth (CEMCG) exists to help the local churches of the Central Texas Conference reach people we are not already reaching. One of the many ways the CEMCG team ...


Ferris Heights Doesn’t Let Delta Stop Its Worship Outside the Walls - A New Video Narrative

Ferris Heights Doesn’t Let Delta Stop Its Worship Outside the Walls - A New Video Narrative

10/4/2021

by Rev. John Han, pastor, Ferris Heights UMC “WOW should still be 'WOW!' in spite of the pandemic!” Ferris Heights United Methodist Church has been participating in an annual, community-wide service project called “Worship Outside the Walls” for several years. The community-wide project — also ...


Living on a Prayer and Coffee

Living on a Prayer and Coffee

9/20/2021

Is there anything better (or quite often, more necessary) than a delicious cup of coffee to get your morning rolling on the right foot? How about a FREE cup of coffee? Better yet, how about a FREE cup of coffee and a prayer to start your day? Sounds pretty great, right? The good folks of FUMC ...


Back to School WITH God - A NEW Video Narrative

Back to School WITH God - A NEW Video Narrative

9/1/2021

For nearly a decade, Mt. Zion UMC in Belton has engaged in a backpack ministry to help provide the children of their community with new backpacks and school supplies at the start of the school year. Each year the program has grown and this year, Mt. Zion formed a ministry partnership with First UMC ...


Rev. Beverly Connelly, NEW South Central District Superintendent

Rev. Beverly Connelly, NEW South Central District Superintendent

8/31/2021

Rev. Beverly Connelly, newly installed Area District Superintendent for the CTC’s South and Central Districts, recently sat down with the CTC Communications team to discuss her first few weeks in the role, her initial plans for the districts, her excitement to work and partner with the clergy and ...


CTC COVID-19 Response Update from Bishop Mike Lowry

CTC COVID-19 Response Update from Bishop Mike Lowry

8/25/2021

If you’ve read or watched the news, been on social media or even overheard a conversation at the store in the past week, you are likely aware that the secular response to the surge in COVID cases in Texas caused by the Delta variant has shifted from the medical to the extremely political. While ...


2021 Episcopal Address

2021 Episcopal Address

7/9/2021

On Monday, June 21, 2021, Bishop Mike Lowry delivered his final Episcopal Address to the lay and clergy members of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Click on the image below to view. To view and/or download the video, go to the CTC's Vimeo Page here. The text of the ...


Bishop Lowry COVID-19 Response Update: It's Time to Reopen

Bishop Lowry COVID-19 Response Update: It's Time to Reopen

6/11/2021

In what he hoped would be his "final video about dealing with and responding to COVID-19," Bishop Lowry provided an update to the official Central Texas Conference COVID-19 Response Guidelines and asserted that it is time for those congregations who have not returned to in-person worship to do so. "...


South Central District Area Goes to Zone Coverage

South Central District Area Goes to Zone Coverage

5/11/2021

Last Month, South Central District Area (SCDA) Superintendent Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory and the District Area Discipleship Team – Dr. Pat McCain, Asst. DS; Rev. Gary White, Discipleship Coach; Rev. Joann Dominguez, Student Discipleship Coordinator; and Della Conner, District Administrator – hosted a ...


Meet the CTC District Discipleship Coaches

Meet the CTC District Discipleship Coaches

4/23/2021

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 ...


Meet Your Assistant District Superintendents

Meet Your Assistant District Superintendents

4/16/2021

As a part of the Forward to a New Spring initiative, each of the District Areas established District Discipleship Teams designed to assist the District Superintendents in their duties, get as many resources as possible directly to the local churches and assist, develop and grow the clergy and lay ...


CTC New Faith Community Grants Phase 2

CTC New Faith Community Grants Phase 2

4/13/2021

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 ...


Easter Message from Bishop Mike Lowry

Easter Message from Bishop Mike Lowry

4/4/2021

Bishop Lowry places readers in the same place as the women who first encountered the empty tomb – teetering on the edge of eternity. Today, as it was on that first Easter morning, the edge of eternity is now bridged by a cross of hope put there by our Lord who invites us to a future of hope filled ...


UCF Wesley Foundation at Navarro College at 2021 Retreat

UCF Wesley Foundation at Navarro College at 2021 Retreat

3/30/2021

The UCF Wesley Foundation at Navarro College recently hosted their largest retreat in the past five years at Sky Ranch in Van, Texas. The focus of the retreat was “Find Your Swing.” After a year full of challenges – many of which were unprecedented and COVID related -  students enjoyed a weekend ...


The Silos at Waco are Central to a Winter Storm Fixer Upper Story

The Silos at Waco are Central to a Winter Storm Fixer Upper Story

3/29/2021

The UMC Connectional system, a local church with a strong community involvement and social media presence and a Pennsylvania couple’s hope of bumping into Chip and/or Joanna Gaines come together to provide assistance and relief to someone still struggling with damages caused by February’s severe ...


Palm Sunday / Holy Week Message from Bishop Mike Lowry

Palm Sunday / Holy Week Message from Bishop Mike Lowry

3/27/2021

As we prepare for the week that we Christians call “Holy,” Bishop Lowry challenges us to engage in “revolutionary thinking” and to remember that Your King is Coming. Click on the player below to hear this years Palm Sunday/Holy Week message from Bishop Lowry.    


Replay of

Replay of "Building a Spiritual Core" Webinar Now Available

3/26/2021

In this presentation, Bishop Lowry, Rev. Ramsdell and special guest Rev. Joseph Nader focus on making disciples and strengthening our Churches' spiritual lives. The Churches spiritual core is the foundation of the new future. This event is part of the A New Church for a New World webinar series. ...


CTC Winter Storm Response Update

CTC Winter Storm Response Update

2/23/2021

We are working as a Conference Team with District Superintendents (DS) and members of the District Discipleship Teams to provide assistance and disaster relief across the Central Texas Conference. The following video shows what all is being done and what you can do to help us in this vital process! ...


A Message for Lent 2021

A Message for Lent 2021

2/17/2021

Bishop Lowry shares his annual message to the Central Texas Conference and Christians everywhere.


A Statement on the Storming of the U.S. Capitol

A Statement on the Storming of the U.S. Capitol

1/7/2021

Following the stunning events unfolding at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Bishop Lowry has issued a statement calling for peace and to actively live as faithful followers of the Prince of Peace.


Bishop Lowry's Message for the New Year 2021

Bishop Lowry's Message for the New Year 2021

1/1/2021

Click the above link to hear the hopeful message from Bishop Mike Lowry of the New Year in 2021. Happy New Year to all!


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