Friday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 2
North Texas Conference Ministry Center
500 Maplelawn Dr., Plano, TX 75075
Cost: $109



Purpose of Gathering

  • To share with one another what is working and what we are learning in our contexts
  • To build relationships and connections with colleagues in similar roles across the SCJ



  • Rev. Rob Spencer, Senior Pastor at First UMC Paris
  • Rev. Holly Bandel, Associate Pastor for Mission and Advocacy at First UMC Dallas
  • Jason Lewis, Executive Director for One + One Dallas
  • Rev. Gaston Warner, Executive Director for Zoe
  • TBD, representative from International Justice Mission



Friday, Nov. 30
9 a.m. Gather
9:15 a.m. Welcome and introductions
9:45 a.m. Devotional
10 to 11:45 a.m. Share what is working and what we are learning in our contexts
Noon Catered lunch
1 p.m.

Presenter 1: One + One Dallas – Rev. Holly Bandel and Jason Lewis

2:30 p.m. Break
3 to 4:30 p.m.

Presenter 2: CitySquare – Rev. Rob Spencer

6:30 p.m. Dinner out together
Saturday, Dec. 1
9 a.m. Gather
9:15 a.m. Devotional
9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Share what is working and what we are learning in our contexts
Noon Catered lunch
1 p.m. Presenter 3: Zoe  Rev. Gaston Warner
2:30 p.m. Break
3 to 4:30 p.m. Presenter 4: International Justice Mission -- Michael Lewis
Evening Options for hanging out together in Dallas -- TBD
Sunday Dec. 2
Attend worship Modern worship – Access at First UMC Richardson
Hispanic worship – Christ’s Foundry UMC or Casa Linda UMC
Innovative urban ministry – White Rock UMC
Multi-cultural worship – Grace UMC or Lovers Lane UMC
Depart after worship



We recommend staying at Staybridge Suites, which is just a couple of blocks from the North Texas Conference Ministry Center. Its rate for North Texas events is $119 a night and includes a full, hot breakfast buffet every morning and a dinner buffet on Thursday. The hotel is within walking distance or you may prefer the hotel’s shuttle to get you to the NTC Ministry Center.

To make reservations, please call (972) 612-8180, ask for Kim Tanner and mention you are with the North Texas Conference UMC Ministry Center. You can also her. You will need to guarantee the reservation with a credit card.  For this rate, you must register by Oct. 31.


Agency information

CitySquare – Paris. An innovative partnership between CitySquare and community leaders from the county-seat town of Paris for the purpose of fighting the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. For more information

One + One Dallas. The mission of One + One Dallas is to connect faith communities and schools in partnership with Dallas ISD. The vision of One + One Dallas is for each of the Dallas ISD schools to have a thriving school partnership with a faith community in five years. For more information

Zoe. Is a non-profit organization that empowers over 28,000 orphans and children in seven countries across three continents, including Africa, India and Guatemala. For more information

International Justice Mission. IJM is a global organization with a plan to eliminate the slave trade everywhere. For more information