WAXAHACHIE FIRST CHOSEN FOR INNOVATIVE MINISTRY PARTNERSHIP
Our mission as a church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We are excited to announce a new partnership that will enable us to further that mission!
The Administrative Board of our church has unanimously endorsed a partnership that will allow us to sponsor a new Hispanic Ministry at our church. Funds for this effort have been given through a grant from the Central Texas Annual Conference.
Reverends Jesus and Lili Molina are United Methodist pastors currently serving from their home base in Italy, Texas. They are graduates of our United Methodist Garrett Seminary in Illinois. When the United Methodist Church in Italy closed, the Annual Conference had the foresight to retain the parsonage in Italy for their use, as they had begun a Hispanic ministry in Dresden. They then began a similar ministry in Corsicana. That ministry is known as the Alpha Community. Then, they began a house church in Carrolton – so they became pastors to three different congregations in those locations.
After conversation with the Annual Conference, we realized it would be more effective for them to be in one place. First UMC of Waxahachie was chosen as that location, filling the need for a United Methodist Hispanic congregation in this area. We have a building and resources, and a larger Hispanic population than Italy, Corsicana, or Dresden. We will become the sponsoring church for the Alpha Community ministry.
The Annual Conference will provide salary funding for a period of three years. The Alpha Community will become part of our church. Their ministries will happen here. The original Dresden ministry will also continue under the Molina’s care. It is hoped that at the end of a three-year funding period, this ministry will be self-sustaining and fully centered at First UMC.
We also hope for true cross-cultural experiences of worship, mission and friendship. Our largely Anglo congregation at First UMC Waxahachie will be encouraged to welcome, worship with, and join in mission alongside the members of the Alpha Community. We hope all our church family will warmly welcome and support this new ministry!
Welcome Lili and Jesus Molina