Welcome to the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northwest Texas --a place where the vast open plains are as wondrous as the big sky above! As depicted in the pectoral cross of Bishop J. Scott Mayer, the stars, moon, and sun are representative of the beauty one may find in this region of Texas. The landscape, covering 77,000 square miles is as diverse as the cities and people, with the canyons and rangelands of the Staked Plains; agricultural fields abounding; and the rough and ready country of the Rolling Plains. The people here are known for their warm and friendly smiles, making one feel like an old and trusted friend.
The earliest followers of Jesus Christ called our faith “The Way.” They understood a life of discipleship as one that follows a particular path, exemplified by Jesus’ revolutionary new worldview and way of life.
As the Christian faith struggles with major societal shifts, and itself stands at the threshold of a new reformation, can we again embrace discipleship of Jesus as an adventurous, boundary-crossing, bridge-building, holistic way of life? Come be inspired by a deeper exploration of Jesus’ response to the question once posed of him:
What is the most important thing in life?
Join us on Saturday, March 7th at St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church as we host a retreat led by Rev. Rich Nelson, a discipleship journey guide and Episcopal priest. Rich is the creator and guide of Following the Way, an online discipleship journey. He is also the co-founder of Bridge Ministry in Burton, Texas - an example of what it can look like when all the churches in and around one town come together across denominations and races to serve their community together in Christ's name.
This year there has been, and will be, discussion surrounding the 2016-2018 draft budget recently approved by Executive Council, as well as discussion connected to the reorganization of The Episcopal Church. The discussion in both cases centers on the Five Marks of Mission, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990.
The 2016-2018 draft budget is built around the structure the marks provide, as is the 2013-2015 budget. Similarly, The Task Force for Reimagining the Church (TREC) was charged by the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church to create a plan for reforming the Church's structures, governance, and administration. Through Resolution C095, their task was outlined using the Five Marks of Mission. The resolution may be found by following the link to the TREC website.