2017 Northwest Texas Annual Conference
The Northwest Texas Conference met June 8-10 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe presided over the 108th session, with more than 500 clergy and laity in attendance.
The conference theme was “Sent” based on John 20:21: “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’”
The Rev. Andrew Forrest, senior pastor of Munger Place (United Methodist) Church in Dallas, was the guest teacher.
The Northwest Texas Conference ordained two elders, commissioned four elders and one deacon and licensed four local pastors. There were also six graduates from The Christian Academy and six pastors who celebrated their retirement.
A new strategic plan, with a new mission statement and five priorities, was approved and will lead the conference for the next five years:
The mission statement: “Inspire and empower creative ministries through innovative leadership to make new and deeply rooted disciples of Jesus Christ.”
The five priorities:
- Equip pastoral leaders
- Launch new churches and new worship communities
- Inspire revitalization and innovation
- Expand Hispanic/Latino ministry
- Grow the pipeline for future leaders
Membership: 57,473, down about 1,200 from previous year
Current Worship Attendance: 17,793, up 15 from previous year
Professions/reaffirmations of Faith: 669, down 171 from previous year
Adults/young adults in small groups: 15,970, up 205 from previous year
Submitted by Angie Brokaw, digital media specialist for Northwest Texas Conference