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RIO TEXAS CONFERENCE
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Judicial Council Decision on Rio Texas Structure
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Mission Vitality Events
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Bishop Dorff names new director of Immigration Ministries
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Letter from Bishops in Texas
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New Confirmation Curriculum 
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Disaster Response
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Administrative Resources
2014 Journal
2014 Feb Called Session Journal
2015 Clergy Compensation
2013 Year End Giving Report
Property Insurance
Pension and Health Benefits
Clergy Development/Wellness
Forms and Reports
Financial Integrity Project
Five Star Advance Specials
Feed My Sheep 2014 Apportionment brochure


Current News

Video documentary turns
into organization

Four years ago, Rick Gold felt a burning desire to "bring attention to the dire situation" and daily struggles of the poor living in the colonias of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the border from Eagle Pass.
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Advance Special giving helps accomplish mission of Church
Last year 68 percent of churches in the conference participated in Advance Special giving. This year, as of September, 64 percent have participated.Learn more


Tattoo ministry: a fresh expression of Christian commitment
A tattoo parlor is hardly the likeliest place that Christians would be found on a Saturday morning studying the Bible
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Mount Wesley

Southwest Texas Conference’s
retreat facility near Kerrville, Texas

Located in the heart of the beautiful
Texas Hill Country, the Mount Wesley
Conference Center is situated
on a hillside within the city limits
of Kerrville. The scenic, peaceful
64 acres of woodland provide a
unique, secluded, and safe haven
—a sanctuary from the real world—
where guests can retreat to become
refreshed and renewed.
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Bishop Dorff

Jim Dorff
Bishop
San Antonio Area


Christmas and New Year will bring newness among us

These are my earnest prayers for you, your family, your church and all of God’s children everywhere. These are also my prayers for all who have served and are serving our Lord Jesus Christ through the Rio Grande and Southwest Texas Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church.

Truly, this Christmas and New Year will bring newness among us in very significant ways. In this Area, we shall become one annual conference, not two. The Río Texas Annual Conference will begin. The Spirit will lead us in new directions in order to strengthen discipleship and reach new persons for Christ.

As the Three Wise Men experienced the baby born in the manger, the Bible tells us they presented their gifts to the child. They also were aware of the celestial significance of this child. They bowed in awe and reverence. Perhaps most importantly they returned home, but by a different route! Certainly there were practical considerations to the route they used to return home, but I have always been convinced that their primary reason for changing their route home was because they were changed people! An encounter with the Christ Child will change things.

May it be so for us all. May we be more fully engaged with our Lord, each other and our neighbors. May they see in us acts of justice and mercy toward all. May our churches and new faith communities be stations of mission and proclamation for troubled hearts and communities. May new disciples be made for the transformation of the world.
Barbara and I will never forget the Christmas card we received some years ago from a dear pastor friend.   It had a depiction of the Wise Men on the cover. Inside he wrote, " The reason they call these men Wise, is because they were smart enough to know it when they met the Christ Child. A right smart Christmas to you!"

So be it. May we move together in faithful new directions, led by the baby born in the manger. God bless the Río Texas Annual Conference and God bless you and yours. Merry Christmas!