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A Parable of Texas Youth Academy

“A certain conference was preparing a great event and invited many young guests.  At the time to apply for the event, the conference sent an email to tell those who had been nominated, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just been named an officer of the school’s drill team, and I must attend officer camp. Please excuse me.’

“Another said, ‘I have been to Lakeview five years in a row, and I still want to go one more time. Please excuse me.’

 “Still another said, ‘I just started dating someone, so I can’t come.’

 “The emails came back and reported this to the conference. Then the conference became frustrated and sent out some more invitations, ‘Go out quickly into the churches and towns of the conference and bring in those whom God is calling; those ready to grow in their discipleship, seek authentic community, and explore their faith.’

 “‘Those investing in the young said that we’ve got some great students this year, but there is still room for more, plus some incredible staff.’

“Then the conference told those who are working to transform the lay and clergy leadership, ‘Go out to the worshiping communities and youth groups and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full."

As you can see through this email, and our other Center for Congregational Excellence communications, there are an abundant amount of incredible opportunities where we are making and growing disciples of Jesus Christ.  For all its benefits, mass communications are not the most effective means of sharing invitations to deeper discipleship.  Similar to the parable from Luke's gospel, until there is a personal relationships and personal invitation to an extraordinary event, folks do not show up. 

You all know the young people who need to join us, so please take a couple of minutes and pray about who you will invite to the banquets!

Jack Matthews is looking to connect with youth workers to share about U.M. ARMY.  If you have a lunch, gathering, training, or other opportunity for him to come and share about the ministry, please email him. 

You can find information and register for SUMMIT and JUMMP through U.M. ARMY.
Believing In God and Helping Others Understand Through Service Everywhere.  Mission Work Experience for Jr. & Sr. High Students. 

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center

Lakeview's new president/CEO, Josh Pulver, is excited to connect with folks around the conference! 
If you're interested in being a part of a cohort during the Spring, email Eddie
Growth Opportunities
Save the Dates
  • February 21-23 - Ignite - Carolina Creek
  • February 28 - March 1 - Ignite - Lakeview
  • April 17-19 LEAD - Leadership Retreat - 2 Locations
  • May 5-15 General Conference (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • May 15 & 16 - Foundations - Youth Worker training - 2 Locations
  • May 24-27 Annual Conference (Downtown Houston)
  • June 15-27 Texas Youth Academy
  • July 15-18 Jurisdictional Conference (The Woodlands, Texas)
  • July 30- August 10 Young Adult Taize Trip 
  • September 14-19 - 4th Annual Ministry Retreat Cruise
  • September 26 & 27 - Ichthus 9th grade retreat
  • November 6-8 - The Big Event 6th grade retreat
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