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WIG Stories

Does your church or ministry have a WIG Story to share?
Please send the CTC Communications team an email (vancemorton@ctcumc.org and/or susancraig@ctcumc.org) with a summary of the story you wish to share and your contact information. (Of course, full drafts of the narrative, photos and/or videos are also welcome and encouraged!)
FUMC Crowley Messy Church - A CTC WIG New Faith Community

FUMC Crowley Messy Church - A CTC WIG New Faith Community

9/18/2019

The Central Texas Conference's Wildly Important Goal (or WIG) is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. One of the most effective and exciting ways we do this by launching New Places for New People to get to meet and know God through His son Jesus Christ. Something the CTC calls New Faith Communities. A few months ago, First United Methodist Church in Crowley, TX started one of these New Faith Community to reach out to its community in a new way called "Messy Church."


FUMC Taylor Beer & Bible - A CTC WIG New Faith Community Narrative

FUMC Taylor Beer & Bible - A CTC WIG New Faith Community Narrative

9/11/2019

The Central Texas Conference's Wildly Important Goal (or WIG) is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. One of the most successful ways for churches to activate the WIG and grow their church, make disciples and become a vital part of their community is by launching ...


Wesley Back to School - A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative

Wesley Back to School - A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative

9/4/2019

When asked “Why the Wesley?” a student at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX stated, "The one thing that the Wesley has done for me that I simply can't find anywhere else is the way that Jesus is so accessible to these people (college students)." Through worship nights, free lunches, popsicles and popcorn, bible studies and much more, these vital campus ministries are actively growing the next generation of leaders in the church and are enthusiastically living into our Wildly Important Goal (WIG) of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


CTC Youth in Mission - A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative

CTC Youth in Mission - A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative

8/27/2019

A new WIG video narrative highlights one of the many way CTCYM brings more than 1,400 youth and adults together to put Christian faith into action.


Reflect & Reconnect - A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative from FUMC Eastland

Reflect & Reconnect - A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative from FUMC Eastland

8/21/2019

The laity of Eastland UMC wanted to revive their Wednesday night gatherings to better reach out to their community and revitalize the church in general. After much prayer, a few brainstorm meetings and a willingness to take a leap of faith, Reflect and Reconnect was born.


Shoes For Kids - A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative from Hico UMC

Shoes For Kids - A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative from Hico UMC

8/14/2019

  Sharing God’s love in a tangible way is at the heart of a movement that’s reached far beyond the walls of First United Methodist Church of Hico. You might call it a Wildly Important Goal (WIG) set by the United Methodist Women in 2006 – years before the phrase was coined and became our focus ...


WIG Scorecards Show 18th Straight Month of Growth!

WIG Scorecards Show 18th Straight Month of Growth!

8/12/2019

The pattern of growth in the local churches of the CTC continued in May 2019. Avg worship attendance is up 2% and 3% for NFCs.


THE PORCH -  A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative from FUMC Grapevine

THE PORCH - A New Faith Community WIG Video Narrative from FUMC Grapevine

8/7/2019

The Central Texas Conference's Wildly Important Goal (or WIG) is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. One of the most successful ways that churches are activating the WIG and growing their church in size and importance to their community is by launching New Places ...


It only takes a SPARK . . .

It only takes a SPARK . . .

8/5/2019

Harker Heights UMC broke with its traditional VBS model and went outside the walls of the church and into the community to "reach families who were not already be reached" and introduce them to Jesus.


WIG Scorecards Show 17th Straight Month of Growth!

WIG Scorecards Show 17th Straight Month of Growth!

7/15/2019

The pattern of growth in the local churches of the CTC continued in May 2019. Avg worship attendance is up 2% and 5% for NFCs.


St. Stephen UMC Celebrates “Small Beginnings” with Saturday Morning B-Ball & Bible

St. Stephen UMC Celebrates “Small Beginnings” with Saturday Morning B-Ball & Bible

6/5/2019

A (very) small group of two men getting together to shoot hoops and study the Bible at St. Stephen UMC has grown to 12 strong in just six weeks - only three of which were members of the church when B-Ball and Bible began.


What's ‘On Tap’ for St. Barnabas?

What's ‘On Tap’ for St. Barnabas?

5/31/2019

St. Barnabas launches a New Faith Community designed to meet people where they are and get to know them while sharing the Bible and a beer.


An Amazing Time of Ministry in the Name of Jesus Christ

An Amazing Time of Ministry in the Name of Jesus Christ

5/13/2019

First UMC Corsicana’s 12 Holy Week services draw more than 1,000 worshippers – a first for the 168-year-old church - including Professions of Faith and baptisms.


Gifts and Graces (from Unlikely Places)

Gifts and Graces (from Unlikely Places)

5/1/2019

How does the death of a beloved church member turn into 20,000 meals? Maybe not how you'd expect. Sometimes, gifts and graces come from unexpected places.


Drive-Through Prayer Opens a Window for Ovilla's Outdoor Faith Community

Drive-Through Prayer Opens a Window for Ovilla's Outdoor Faith Community

4/16/2019

From drive-through ashes to three-days-a-week drive-through prayers to and Outdoor Worship New Faith Community, Ovilla UMC is taking Christ to the people of Ovilla and the surrounding area..


Sharing Eight Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches

Sharing Eight Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches

4/10/2019

Mike Ramsdell shares his insights and comments on a new book focused on the things all rapidly growing churches do and do well.


Twenty Minutes of Outside Play Helped Lorena UMC’s Discipleship Efforts Really KLICK

Twenty Minutes of Outside Play Helped Lorena UMC’s Discipleship Efforts Really KLICK

4/5/2019

A simple idea about how to better engage children and youth has transformed Lorena UMC’s discipleship outlook and effectiveness and is producing results in worship/small group attendance, volunteers, giving and more.


Keeping Church Relevant in Groesbeck with Happy Hour Faith Talks

Keeping Church Relevant in Groesbeck with Happy Hour Faith Talks

3/26/2019

Happy Hour Faith Talks gather young parents together each week as part of Groesbeck FUMC’s intentional efforts to “keep church relevant” to its families.


Hallelujah Food Pantry Feeds the Hungry of Hewitt in Many Ways

Hallelujah Food Pantry Feeds the Hungry of Hewitt in Many Ways

3/25/2019

Since 2012, volunteers from Hewitt FUMC have transformed the lives of the needy in its community by providing food, Jesus' love and eager offers fellowship and worship.


CTC Churches Continue Growth Trend; Reaching New People in New Ways

CTC Churches Continue Growth Trend; Reaching New People in New Ways

3/22/2019

The CTC experienced unprecedented growth in average worship attendance in 2018 and is currently on a 13-month growth streak thanks to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and a focus on the WIG.


A Simple Way In

A Simple Way In

3/21/2019

What can happen when you open the doors of your church to a bunch of neighborhood kids to just come and play? Disciples can begin to be made, that's what.


How Fractals and Multipliers Help FUMC Round Rock Add New LifeGroups and New Disciples

How Fractals and Multipliers Help FUMC Round Rock Add New LifeGroups and New Disciples

3/18/2019

FUMC Round Rock is employing advanced mathematics and "passionate" laity as it prepares to launch as many as 13 New Faith Communities (or LifeGroups) on March 31 as part of “Vision 2025.”


Worship at a Church Without Walls

Worship at a Church Without Walls

3/15/2019

    St. Barnabas ‘bigs’ and ‘littles’ worship together at a church without walls as part of their discipleship journey by Susan Craig / photos courtesy of Lavell McCollum & St. Barnabas UMC   Youth from St. Barnabas United Methodist Church made their customary, annual trip south on a recent Sunday ...


Rev. John McKellar Challenges Confirmands to Make Church ‘A Part of Your Story’

Rev. John McKellar Challenges Confirmands to Make Church ‘A Part of Your Story’

3/11/2019

Earlier this month, White's Chapel welcomed 110 new members via its 2019 Confirmation Class - a class that was special to co-pastor John McKellar in a couple of profound ways.


Clifton UMC's Dinner Church Breaks Bread and New Discipleship Ground

Clifton UMC's Dinner Church Breaks Bread and New Discipleship Ground

3/8/2019

FUMC Clifton is reaching out to the folks in their community who don't have a church home via Dinner Church, with a focus of food, fellowship and learning about Jesus.


Project Transformation - Be “Blessed to be a Part of It”

Project Transformation - Be “Blessed to be a Part of It”

3/6/2019

PT Central Texas still has a few openings left for Summer 2019 interns with a love of learning, serving and ready to be transformed.


FUMC Joshua Takes a Unique Approach in Easter Sunday Promotions

FUMC Joshua Takes a Unique Approach in Easter Sunday Promotions

3/6/2019

First Joshua is always on the lookout for ways to connect with and welcome the unchurched. So, they are asking folks to make reservations for Easter?


Equipping and Empowering Laity is at the Core of the Revitalization Underway at First UMC Watauga

Equipping and Empowering Laity is at the Core of the Revitalization Underway at First UMC Watauga

3/5/2019

A focus on encouraging the laity to try new things in their efforts to make disciples of Jesus Christ is at the heart of the revitalization underway at First Watauga.


God Squad Gatherings Generate Quite a Crowd in Moody

God Squad Gatherings Generate Quite a Crowd in Moody

2/28/2019

The God Squad at Moody First is a labor of love, the result of prayer and hard work - hard work that is paying good disciple making dividends.


Mentoring Makes for More Effective Discipling Through “Freshley”’ at the TCU Wesley

Mentoring Makes for More Effective Discipling Through “Freshley”’ at the TCU Wesley

2/27/2019

Anna Breck - a TCU Junior - noticed that the TCU Wesley wasn't retaining freshmen by the spring semester. So she did something about it and now disciples are being made!


Equally Yoked: Laity Initiative at Smithfield UMC Empowers ‘The Priesthood of All Believers’

Equally Yoked: Laity Initiative at Smithfield UMC Empowers ‘The Priesthood of All Believers’

2/27/2019

The concept of being “equally yoked” in ministry is at the heart of a Lay Leadership Initiative which is transforming lives at Smithfield United Methodist Church in North Richland Hills.


West District Churches Unite in Funding a New Well Near Maua, Kenya

West District Churches Unite in Funding a New Well Near Maua, Kenya

2/25/2019

Earlier this year, a West District Mission team's discipleship grew along with that of local Maua-area villagers as water began to flow from the ground.


Civil Rights Pilgrimage is a powerful part of the Navarro Wesley journey

Civil Rights Pilgrimage is a powerful part of the Navarro Wesley journey

2/12/2019

UCF Wesley students recently took a Civil Rights Pilgrimage - a discipleship journey designed to help students become active Christians and leaders.


Despite the Fear - 2019 Mid-Winter 1 Fosters Hope & Discipleship

Despite the Fear - 2019 Mid-Winter 1 Fosters Hope & Discipleship

2/5/2019

Teens from all over the CTC gathered for Mid-Winter 2019 last weekend. The annual event is led the young disciples of CCYM.


Trinity Arlington Rises Up Against Hunger

Trinity Arlington Rises Up Against Hunger

2/4/2019

Nearly 150 member of Trinity Arlington UMC responded to Jesus' call to his disciples to "'feed my lambs" by packing more than 2000 meals to help people in need all around the world.


Cookies for Heroes

Cookies for Heroes

1/30/2019

Upwards of 94,000 to 102,000 cookies were delivered shortly before Christmas to Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo


Planning for Easter

Planning for Easter

1/30/2019

Fear of failure? Avoid these 12 common mistakes when planning your Easter services


Kennedale Soup Kitchen Nourishes Its Community Body & Soul

Kennedale Soup Kitchen Nourishes Its Community Body & Soul

1/28/2019

What can a small local church accomplish with little more than an idea and prayer? How about feeding the community and boosting professions of faith in the process.


Reaching New People with New Faith Communities

Reaching New People with New Faith Communities

1/23/2019

Churches who have received a NFC grant have 4.4 percent growth in Average Worship Attendance for the last 12 months - more than double the total Conference growth. Is your church ready to get your grant?


Georgetown Family Bakes God’s Love into Their Discipleship

Georgetown Family Bakes God’s Love into Their Discipleship

1/22/2019

How did a chance Christmas encounter at a Wal-Mart, a love of baking and a girl's desire to serve transform into a thriving discipleship ministry?


Ovilla UMC Offers God's Love Via Drive-Thru Prayers

Ovilla UMC Offers God's Love Via Drive-Thru Prayers

1/21/2019

Ovilla UMC's Drive-Thru prayer ministry is inspiring the church to reach out and make disciples in new and unconventional ways.


Jambalaya Soup for the Soul

Jambalaya Soup for the Soul

1/18/2019

Volunteers of all ages spent part of their Saturday being disciples (and growing a few) packing 20,000 jambalaya lentil soup kits at Arlington Heights UMC (Fort Worth).


New ERTs Prepare to Serve

New ERTs Prepare to Serve

1/16/2019

25 people said yes to being called to serve as ERTs and began the training process on Jan. That’s two to three times the number of folks in a typical training session.


How the Holy Spirit and a WIG are Growing Central Texas Conference Churches

How the Holy Spirit and a WIG are Growing Central Texas Conference Churches

1/15/2019

Average weekly worship attendance & professions of faith have increased for 11 consecutive months – a trend that’s expected to continue into 2019.


Disciple Making Missions in Alvarado

Disciple Making Missions in Alvarado

1/10/2019

FUMC Alvarado is activating the WIG and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by engaging in Disciple Making Missions across its community and around the world.


Troy UMC Prepares for The Boom

Troy UMC Prepares for The Boom

1/9/2019

Troy UMC is gearing up for the projected population boom by accelerating the planned opening of its Ministry Activity Center dedicated to missions and ministry, children and youth, and the community.


Bishop Lowry's District Sharings

Bishop Lowry's District Sharings

12/12/2018

Bishop Mike Lowry held a series of Episcopal Teaching sessions / conversations on the three plans put forth by the Commission on A Way Forward (COWF) and other matters related to the 2019 Called Special General Conference in St. Louis (Feb. 23-26). These times of sharing took place in each of the ...


WIG Tales

WIG Tales

12/12/2018

The following are some “quick hit” summaries of how the local churches across the Central Texas Conference have been trying new ways to reach new people in response to our WIG mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. If you have a quick tale to tell of how you, ...


WIG and Project Transformation

WIG and Project Transformation

12/11/2018

The mission of Project Transformation (PT) is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support children in holistic development and connect churches with communities. For the past two summers, local churches of the Central Texas Conference have actively lived out The WIG and ...


Tarleton Wesley Facelift

Tarleton Wesley Facelift

12/7/2018

Almost any clergy person will tell you that your first year at a new appointment is about three things: learning, observing and loving. It is vital to a new ministry setting to learn all you can about the ministry/ministries of your new faith community, to observe every aspect of the life of the ...