Respond to Hurricane Harvey – Texas Methodist Foundation

August 29th, 2017


The scenes from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey are heartwrenching and frightening. The lives of our neighbors in communities across a wide swath of Texas have experienced umimaginable loss. And the rain and life threatening crisis continue. People are stranded on rooftops, the freeways are impassable, basic needs are unmet.

As a living church, how do we respond? During worship at First UMC Georgetown on Sunday, Laura Hewett Becker, senior pastor at First UMC in Rockport near where Harvey made landfall, said, “We will be bold in saying what it is we need.” When addressing TMF staff on Monday morning, Tom Locke, TMF president, said, “I want us to be bold in responding to these needs.”

As an initial response toward addressing the acute needs resulting from this disaster, TMF has donated $200,000 to disaster relief efforts – $100,000 each to the Rio Texas Conference and the Texas Conference. We thank all of our partners in ministry who have made it possible for us to respond boldly to this crisis, and we encourage others to also be bold in responding.

To make it as easy as possible to respond, TMF has set up two funds to be used to help those affected by the hurricane in the Rio Texas and Texas conferences. Click here to donate to one or both of those funds.

We are hurting and afraid for our neighbors, but we must move beyond despair and fear and become the hands that enact life-giving change. This spirit of united purpose can be an agent of healing and hope, and the church must lead the way.

Texas Methodist Foundation
11709 Boulder Lane Suite 100, Austin, TX 78726

Interpreter Magazine in Digital format is FREE

November 21st, 2016

Anyone can receive the digital format of the Interpreter Magazine FREE.

Please remember that Interpreter Digital is available free to all church leaders and members, so spread the word with friends, family and others in your congregation. Use this award-winning publication to expand your congregation’s knowledge of The United Methodist Church. You will receive free access to six issues each year. 

South Central Jurisdiction Bishop Assignments

July 19th, 2016
South Central Jurisdiction Bishop Assignments
Northwest Texas & New Mexico : Bishop Bledsoe
Oklahoma : Bishop Nunn*
Texas: Bishop Jones
Rio Texas: Bishop Schnase
North Texas: Bishop McKee
Central Texas: Bishop Lowry
Great Plains: Bishop Saenz*
Missouri: Bishop Farr*
Arkansas: Bishop Mueller
Louisiana: Bishop Harvey

*Newly Elected

Rev. Dr. Jimmy Nunn Endorsed as Candidate for the Episcopacy

September 28th, 2015

Rev. Dr. Jimmy Nunn Endorsed as Candidate for the Episcopacy. 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference,

Each Annual Conference in our South Central Jurisdiction may endorse a candidate for the episcopacy and those persons lifted up from each Annual Conference are the persons most likely to be elected by the Jurisdictional Conference as a Bishop.  On behalf of the entire Northwest Texas Annual Conference delegation, it is my joy to share with you that on September 22, 2015 the Northwest Texas Annual Conference delegation unanimously endorsed Rev. Dr. Jimmy Nunn for the episcopacy.  Simply put, we have told all the other Annual Conferences in our Jurisdiction, “We have a guy here in Northwest Texas that ought to be considered for election as a Bishop!”


As most of you know, Jimmy has been elected a Jurisdictional delegate 4 times, a General Conference delegate 3 times and is now leading the Northwest Conference delegation for the second time.  He has served as the Director of Administration and Mission in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference since 2011 and was the Director of Church Development 2009-2011.


Some of the reasons our delegation has endorsed Jimmy as a candidate to be elected Bishop are:

  • He has a humble and authentic faith that points toward a trust in God;

  • He has been a proactive catalyst for innovative and effective ministry to the Latino/Hispanic Community in the NWTX AC;

  • He has built a strong conference staff that equips local churches for effective ministry, especially in the area of communications;

  • He has assumed significant leadership in prioritizing the conference budget that took the NWTX AC from a position of financial vulnerability to financial stability.


It has been 24 years since a person has been lifted up from the Northwest Texas Annual Conference for consideration of election as a Bishop in The United Methodist Church.  The last Bishop elected from the clergy of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference was Bishop O. Eugene Slater at the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference in San Antonio in 1960.   Many capable and faithful ministers have served in our conference over the years, but we believe that Jimmy’s ministry experience in the church in recent years has uniquely prepared him for the challenges of the office of the episcopacy.  At the South Central Jurisdictional Conference that meets July 13-16, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas we will elect three new bishops for our Jurisdiction.


During this important time in the life of The United Methodist Church, we believe that Dr. Jimmy Nunn is the kind of leader that The United Methodist Church needs as a Bishop.  The only downside of this endorsement is the potential loss to the Northwest Texas Annual Conference if Jimmy is elected a bishop.


For one to offer themselves up as an episcopal candidate requires deep faith in Christ and a love for the church.  Jimmy has both.  So let’s surround Jimmy and Mary Nunn in our prayers!


Every Blessing,



Dr. Burt Palmer

Sr. Pastor, Polk Street United Methodist Church
1401 S. Polk St.
Amarillo, TX 79101

Delegates Endorsing Rev. Dr. Jimmy Nunn:

Rev. Rich Jones
Rev. Burt Palmer
Rev. Amy Wilson Feltz
Rev. Richard Edwards
Rev. Stan Cosby
Ron Enns
Randy Stutes
Leia Williams
Jeff Fisher
Murray Murphy
Mark Pitman

“Make Disciples of All Nations: Hispanic, Latino/Latina Edition”

March 16th, 2015

The Amarillo District and Polk Street UMC present “Make Disciples of All Nations: Hispanic, Latino/Latina Edition”, with Rev. Dr. Owen K Ross,  Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.. This is an opportunity for pastors, staff and lay teams ($10 per registrant). 

You may print the registration form ( MakeDiscipesOfAllNations.Hispanic.LatinoEdition.RegistrationForm.April11.2015.3-12-15 ) or register online. Registration deadline is April 7th. If you register online, you may either bring your payment on April 11th, or mail your payment to:

Amarillo District UMC
P O Box 108
Amarillo, TX 79105

If you are registering online, please enter the following in the “Leave a Reply” box below:

Church Name
# attending
contact person, email and phone #
names of registrants

Then click the Check box “I’m not a robot” to indicate you are a real person and then click the “Submit” button.

The District office will notify the contact person of receipt of the online registration.

For more information about this opportunity and Rev. Dr. Owen Ross, MakeDisciplesOfAllNations.Hispanic.Latino.Edition.Brochure.April11.2015.3-12-15


September 4th, 2014

Think you want to pursue a calling to ministry?

Click this link for more information and specific times/dates: Explore Your Calling

A one day workshop for anyone age 18-35 interested in pursuing service in pastoral or professional lay ministry.
• Explore options and opportunities for service in the church.
• Connect with other young adults pursuing the same calling in their lives.
• Get equipped with tools to explore the next steps toward church vocations.
• Learn how to begin candidacy or ministry in the United Methodist Church.

To register, visit and follow the registration link.

For more information Contact Rev. Josh Kouri at or
join the young adult facebook page (NWTX UMC Young Adults)

February 11th, 2014

<h2><span style=”color: #008080;”>”Creating a Culture of Growth” March 29, 2014 <br /></span><br />Seminar &amp; Registration Information (click “read more”)  </h2>Jim Ozier is the Director of New Church Development and Congregational Transformation for the North Texas Conference. Previously he pastored Trietsch Memorial UMC  for 18 years, which grew from 500 to over 4000 members.  <br /><br />You may register (<span style=”text-decoration: underline; color: #ff0000;”>deadline March 25, 2014</span>) by giving us the following contact information in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom of this screen:<br />Church<br />Contact person<br />email address <br />phone number<br />Names of persons attending with this registration, $10 per person<br /><br />Checks made payable/sent to:<br />Amarillo District UMC<br />PO Box 108<br />Amarillo, TX 79105<br /><br /><a href=””><img src=”×1024.jpg” alt=”CultureofGrowthSeminar.AmarilloDistrict.StStephen.Brochure.2-12-14″ width=”541″ height=”1024″ class=”alignleft size-large wp-image-1499″ /></a>


May 28th, 2013

Pastor Kelly Inman is issuing a challenge to churches to bring as many relief kits as possible to annual conference.  St. Luke’s, Midland has already committed to bringing 3,000 water bottles, 300 health kits, and 30 flood buckets. Everything will be donated to UMCOR to respond to the recent tornadoes. Will your church step up to the challenge and care for those in the midst of disaster? You can find items for the kits at

The Mission in Motion trailer will be at Annual Conference. You can bring your items on Tuesday evening after dinner from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.  

It is Well. It is Well With the Souls of West

May 2nd, 2013


by Vance Morton* – April 22, a.d. 2013
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.”
The words of the Horatio G. Spaffords great hymn “It Is Well with My Soul” (No.377 in your United Methodist Hymnal if you’re playing along at home) have been sung countless times by countless worshipers in countless churches over the years. There is little doubt, however, that the words have ever held more meaning to those doing the singing at First United Methodist Church of West Sunday morning.
The mood of those filling the pews of the nearly 120-year-old church would best be described as that of a people still in shock or mourning – at least that would be the perspective of someone visiting for the first time. Such a perspective, while understandable and probably even accurate on some levels, was quickly proven to be mistaken. During the course of the morning service and in conversations following, West FUMC proved to be a congregation dealing with the tragedy that has befallen its community with a peace and strength that comes from an unshakeable faith in the goodness and mercy of God.
Whether brought forth in the opening statements and sermons, prayer requests, songs or during a special time of sharing, the message of the day was consistent and clear – there is nothing to fear for God has been, is now and forever will be with us.
“It is well with my soul.”
From the first few lines of his message, Rev. Jimmy Sansom’s (Pastor Jimmy), senior pastor, West FUMC, made it clear that this service was to be a service of thanksgiving, praise and inspiration. “We, as a church and a denomination, have come together tremendously well,” he declared. “It has been inspiring to see people helping people again.”
In the midst of all the chaos in those first few hours following the blast, I saw people helping people, over and over and over again,” Rev. Sansom continued. “People from [West FUMC] helping other people! There were no strangers – only God active in us and through us.”
Rev. Don Scott, District Superintendent of the Central Texas Conference’s Central District, opened the service with a word of welcome from the entire conference and assured those gathered that the conference and the entire United Methodist Connection is standing with and praying for West. “I just want to let you know that the United Methodist Church stands with you,” said Rev. Scott in his remarks. “My phone and computer have been inundated with calls, texts and tweets from people from all over wanting to know how and when they can help. This is part of the glory of our connection…we are together and we will continue in that.”
Rev. Scott also introduced members of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) who were on hand to support and address the damage we cannot see and touch. “We can see the broken windows and we can see the ashes and we can see the lacerations and the bandages, but there is another injury we can’t see. And that is of our human soul and heart,” remarked Rev. Scott. “We will be here for those hurts and pains and to rebuild those houses which are our very being and soul”
Following Rev. Scott, it was time for the joys and concerns of the congregation to be brought forth and this is the moment that it became evident to all that this collection of Christian believers was bruised not broken. Instead of the expected prayers of concern for what had been lost, the first prayer was a prayer of joy for all the ways that God has revealed Himself since the explosion. This was followed by prayer of thanksgiving that it happened when it happened because the human losses could have been so much worse during almost any other time. The next comment was a reminder for all to find time amidst all the chaos to travel a few quick moments in any direction from town to witness the springtime glory that is the Texas Wildflower season.
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”
Tales of heroism, divine assistance and awe were offered by church members during a special time of sharing set aside so that those gathered could talk about their experiences, needs or whatever was on their heart. While many comments were emotional, there was never a sense of betrayal or loss conveyed. It was rather a sense of praise and thanksgiving of all the ways that God has revealed Himself during these trying times. Carol Waddell, a long-time resident of West and member of the West FUMC family, summed up the feelings expressed very well in her closing comments. “This experience has blessed me greatly,” she said. “I hope all folks feel these blessings as that’s what’s going to get us all through this.”
Before sending the faithful back out into the community to continue the healing and recovery process, Pastor Jimmy took the opportunity to say what was seemingly on the minds, hearts and lips of everyone in West that day. “Death and destruction will not define us as a church or community!” Pastor Sansom exclaimed. “How we show the love of God to each other and the world is what will define us. This will be around for a little bit, but what will be remembered in the long term are the people who gave their lives and those who came together to help others get out of this tragic state.”
It is indeed well with the souls of West FUMC.
Please look for a video tomorrow featuring highlights of the comments made during the service.
*Vance is the director of communications & IT for the Central Texas Conference (and a huge fan of the beauty and power of the Christian spirit).



April 15th, 2013

The Nurture Ministry Team is offering $750 scholarships for pastors and their spouses or single pastors at attend SonScape Retreat. SonScape is a place for rest – renewal – and reviatalization. Call Lewis Holland if you have questions,(806) 868-2040 or