- Bishop's Corner
- Center for Clergy Excellence
- Center for Congregational Excellence
- Center for Connectional Resources
- Center for Missional Excellence
Center for Clergy Excellence
The 2006 Texas Annual Conference created the Center for Clergy Excellence to foster an environment of support and accountability that continuously moves the clergy of the Annual Conference toward excellence. The Center empowers clergy with resources and skills to equip congregations to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world to the glory of God. Leading clergy to be Spirit-led, faithful, and fruitful is the Center’s goal.
When Conference clergy--guided by our Conference core values--are leading vibrant congregations to change lives and reshape futures for Jesus Christ, the Center will be fulfilling its mandate. The Center’s four primary tasks include affirming the giftedness of each clergy; equipping clergy with resources for professional development; recruiting gifted candidates for ministry; and providing resources for clergy to develop lay leadership in congregations.
In its first year, the Center continued the work mandated by The Book of Discipline by coordinating Pension and Health Benefits, the Board of Ordained Ministry, Equitable Compensation, the Committee on Investigation, the Administrative and Review Committee, the Joint Committee on Incapacity, and Extension Ministries in a new area named Clergy Support Ministries. Additionally, the Center created three new Ministry Areas--Clergy Development and Spiritual Formation, Clergy Accountability, and Clergy Recruitment.
Along with the Center, a Transition Leadership Team and three new Ministry Area Teams were created at Annual Conference 2006. During Summer 2006, the Director and Associate Director met individually and in three extended group sessions with the Transition Team and the Facilitators of all three new Ministry Areas to further discern, define, and prioritize objectives in the new Ministry Areas. Then, in Fall 2006, the three new Ministry Area Teams began meeting, creating 14 task forces of gifted clergy and laity to plan and implement priority objectives.