Jesus Table – A CTC WIG Narrative

At the core of what the clergy, laity and churches of the Central Texas Conference do lies our Wildly Important Goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our mission involves many ministries and many pathways into relationships with our local communities – and it’s the relationship with and in the local community that Central UMC has embraced with its Jesus Table ministry. 


In ministries like the Jesus Table of Central United Methodist Church in Waco, TX, we see what an answer to the sometimes scary question, “What If?” What if our original idea for a downtown ministry is quite what the Holy Spirit had in mind for us? What if we had the courage and faith to follow where the Spirit leads us?
The Jesus Table is a ministry that employs something that Jesus himself used on many powerful occasions – the dinner table/sharing a meal. Jesus used the dinner table to befriend the stranger, to include those looked down upon by the society of that time.  This is something that Jesus Table efforts to emulate every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at “The Hangar” near downtown Waco. We can see what happens when we embrace our communities,  because IT IS HAPPENING via our local churches active involvement in our WIG initiative and through the power and guidance of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. We are embracing our communities, and our communities ARE RESPONDING. 
Check out the following short video to learn more about The Jesus Table and all that the WIG initiative has enabled us to do.

FUMC Mart J.A.M. Jesus and Me – A CTC WIG Narrative
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 – aka. New Faith Communities. After recognizing a need for kids to have a place to go after school,  First United Methodist Church in Mart, TX  opened its doors and hearts to the children of their community and launched a New Faith Community they call J.A.M. – Jesus and Me.
Jesus and Me is an after-school ministry where students in first through sixth grade come together for fun, food and fellowship two days a week – at NO COST to the students. The people of FUMC Mart share a meal, structure, hugs and the Good News of Jesus Christ during every J.A.M session – things that many of the children who participate don’t get on a regular basis, if at all. Volunteers from FUMC Mart also offer homework assistance and tutorials; activities and bible stories and worship. This is just one of the ways that FUMC Mart is actively bringing the Gospel to the community. Hear more from two of the major players in the bi-weekly J.A.M. sessions in the short video below.