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Welcome to the East District UMC

Of The Texas Annual Conference United Methodist Church


Small Membership Churches of the Texas Annual Conference 

     TEAMWORK makes the DREAM WORK

             Get your leadership team together.          

These high energy workshops are sure to inspire, educate and encourage!

They are designed for clergy and laity.


Find a workshop date and location  convenient for you and your team.

                   Email KeltysUMC@hotmail.com and a registration form will be sent back to you. Fill that out, pack up your team (and dream), and join others in learning how to put the negative parts to rest and build on the positive to make your church’s dream come true. Our workshops will help develop a plan for your vision,        establish  goals and create a timeline to execute and evaluate the dream your church wants to achieve.

SmaSmall Membership Church Committee Annual Workshop

Dates and Locations

August 31, 2019                           Blueridge UMC, Houston, TX


september 7, 2019                                      FUMC Buna, Tx


september 21, 2019                                    Fumc henderson, tx

Each day will start with registration at 9:30 am & will end at 2:00 pm.

 lunch will be included in the $25 per person registration fee, payable the day of the workshop. Designed for churches whose average attendance is less than 100 in mind, but all are welcome to attend.

Dig In

Cultivating generosity in a small church can be challenging at best. Often, there is not enough money in your church to ask for large gifts, much less a tithe. And the last time we checked, there were not any money trees growing behind your church!

So, to give you additional tools to take you to the next level financially, we have put together a one-day workshop designed for the small church pastor. Growing in Generosity will give you tools dig in and grow your congregation in their giving - producing a more confident ministry team.

Why should I come?

To learn together as pastors from an expert in the field. The workshop will sharpen your financial skills personally and as a senior pastor.

When and where is the workshop?

Choose from one of these workshops:

August 22, 2019  Dayton First UMC

August 23, 2019  Navasota UMC

August 24, 2019  Longview Winterfield UMC

Workshops are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Who is teaching the workshop?

Stewardship aficionado, author and pastor Dr. Scott McKenzie, with Horizons Stewardship will be leading our workshop. Dr. McKenzie passionately believes stewardship is a question of faith development and discipleship. As a national workshop leader and conference speaker, he teaches stewardship as “grounded in gratitude, revealed in prayer and lived in faith.” 

How much is it?

The workshop is free. The one-day workshop has been provided to our Texas Annual Conference pastors by a generous grant from Wespath.

Who should I bring with me?

Just you and any other United Methodist clergy from your church. There will be a second phase of Growing in Generosity that will engage lay members of your church through the recruitment of Generosity Teams. 

Will lunch be provided?


Will there be childcare


Who do I contact if I have other questions?

Rev. Robert Besser, Director of Congregational Excellence 

713-521-9383, ext. 334 or  rbesser@txcumc.org

How do I register?

Register Online Here

Planning to attend? Let us know more about you and your needs by taking our survey at: https://www.txcumc.org/growinggenerositysurvey

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1507 S. John Redditt Dr., Lufkin,TX 75904
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