2012 Texas Annual Conference
Texas Annual Conference
June 4-7, Galveston, Texas
The Texas Annual Conference met June 4-7 at the Convention Center in Galveston, Texas, under the leadership of Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. The theme was "On Earth as in Heaven."
Featured speakers for the conference were Dr. Jorge Acevedo of Grace United Methodist Church, Cape Coral, Fla., and Dr. Greg Jones, consultant to the TAC Strategic Assessment Team. Dr. Acevedo encouraged the conference leaders to work in teams to "turbo-charge the Methodist tradition." Dr. Greg Jones asked the delegates to imagine a "new church" and to use three of our areas of focus to build that church: investing in the young, creating vital congregations, and growing and transforming lay and clergy leaders.
Delegates to the conference contributed 2,641 lbs. of food to the local food bank during the four-day conference. Each delegate was asked to contribute two cans of food, but many exceeded that request. General Board of Global Ministries presented an award to the Texas Annual Conference, recognizing it as the #1 contributor.
The conference voted to adopt the Strategic Assessment Team report that outlines the three areas of focus mentioned above. The report included specific assignments for each of the target activities and a commitment to accountability for implementation of the plans. Three resolutions were adopted: Resolution to Support Abolishing Human Trafficking, Call to Civility, and Resolution Calling United Methodists Out Of The Pew To Serve As A Transforming Force in the World.
The conference adopted a budget of $23,371,449 for 2013. This represents a 0.42 percent decrease from the budget for 2012.
Dr. Chappell Temple was nominated for bishop from the conference.
Bishop Huie commissioned 13 into the ministry of elder or deacon and ordained five deacons and 26 elders into full connection.
Membership is down 2,486 from the previous year at 284,850. Worship attendance stands at 106,210. Average church school attendance stands at 44,202.
2011: Average Worship Attendance was 106,210 compared to 2010 at 103,925 so attendance is up. Church school average for 2011: 44,202 compared to 2010: 44,443 so a small decrease in church school.
Paula Arnold, Director of Communications, Texas Annual Conference