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about us

The Big Spring District of the United Methodist Church includes 45 churches in West Texas.  Each congregation is unique as each one fulfills the common mission of Making Disciples for the Transformation of the World.  Some of our church buildings stand on lonely prairies and others rise stately on downtown corners.  The music may feature praise teams or choirs in robes.  There may be stained glass windows and wooden pews or cushioned chairs and video announcements.  No matter how it is presented, the good news of God's love is proclaimed for all to experience.  Mission trips move us beyond the walls into our communities and around the world.  Our connection as United Methodists enables us to touch lives all over the globe with the good news of Jesus Christ.

New people are welcome to join the journey of faith.  Some come with deep beliefs and others with many doubts.  There is room for all as we seek to follow Christ and grow in our understanding of who God is and how God is at work in the world.  Being a part of a church is both comforting and challenging.  When life is shared, there is encouragement and guidance, laughter and pain.  Each of us has something we can offer to others and a need for what others offer to us. Because we live in and contribute to the brokenness of the world, being together can also cause pain--disagreements deepen, feelings get hurt, needs aren't met.  The church can be a place to receive and to practice grace.  We are not confined by past mistakes and old ways.  We are new creations in Christ moving toward wholeness.  This is the church and the churches in the Big Spring District.

 
 
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Big Spring District

 

Churches

Big Spring District has 45 churches across West Texas--rural and urban, large and small.  Find a church by clicking here.


District Leadership

For a current list of Big Spring District officers, contact the Big Spring District Ministry Assistant Karen Wilson, bspdistumc@sbcglobal.net.


Campus Ministry at Howard College

Engage in mission, worship and study with Beau Niewoehner, our director of campus ministry at Howard College.

Pastors

To find a Big Spring District pastor by name, click here.


Northwest Texas Conference

Big Spring United Methodists are connected to the Northwest Texas Conference.  Click here to learn more about United Methodists in our area.


Curious to Know More?

The United Methodist Church has a rich history and a promising future.  We are a truly global church that relies on scripture, learns from tradition, values experience, and encourages reason.  Explore who we are by clicking here.

Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can,
as long as ever you can.
— attributed to John Wesley
 
 
 
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Forms

 

S/PPRC Assessment of the Pastor

This form helps the congregation identify the pastor's gifts and areas for growth.  The Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee fills it out and returns it to the District Superintendent by October 1, 2017.

Pastor's Self Assessment

This annual assessment gives the pastor an opportunity to reflect on his/her ministry, prayerfully examining both strengths and weaknesses.  Please return the form to the District Superintendent by October 1, 2017.

 

 

S/PPRC Consultation for Future Appointment

Matching of pastor and congregation involves the thoughtful input of the congregation.  This form aides the Cabinet in appointive conversations.  Please return this form to the District Superintendent by January 12, 2018.

Pastor's Consultation for Future Appointment

Each pastor collaborates in the appointment process by filling out this form (due January 12, 2018) and in the annual consultation with his/her District Superintendent.

In addition to the above form, please fill out and bring to the consultation the Pastor's Consultation Information Form.

 

 
 

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District Superintendent

 

Rev. Kathryn Boren

Kathryn has pastored in churches across the Northwest Texas Conference from Amarillo to Abilene, Panhandle to Lubbock.  She also spent a year in the chaplaincy department at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  Most recently she was the Lead Pastor of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Midland.  During her nine years, the church completed two building projects and grew in young families attending.

Kathryn was ordained in 1995 after earning a Master's of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.  She graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies from The University of Texas in Austin.  Between college and seminary, Kathryn worked with the General Board of Global Ministries in Honduras and New York City. 

Kathryn has participated in a variety of District, Conference and General church ministries including Boards of Ordained Ministry and the General Board of Church and Society.  She values the connections of United Methodists around the globe and looks forward to working with the pastors and churches of the Big Spring District to further Christ's mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world.

Kathryn grew up in the First United Methodist Church in Booker.  There she first heard the stories of faith from people who lived them every day.   The congregation confirmed and nurtured her call to ministry.  

In October 2016, Kathryn took a month-long sabbatical to hike the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain.  It was a great experience with many lessons learned for the spiritual journey. This picture was taken the morning she arrived in Santiago de Compostela.  "Buen Camino!" was a regular greeting along the way.  Blessings on your journey/path/Way too!

 
 

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CONTACT US

 

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