Basic Training Camp * July 18-21, 2021


What is Basic Training Camp?
Basic Training Camp is a 4 day, 3 night retreat that gives your child the opportunity to experience God through worhsip, games, friends and much more. All activities will be supervised by adults with high school and college students assisting as junior staff. 

Safety Requirements: Details may change, but we are curretly asking that all campers bring a mask to wear throughout the camp, with the exception of meal times. Temperatures will be taken by the camp nurse upon arrival and twice daily. 

Basic Training Camp is located at El Shaddai Retreat Center in Yorktown, Texas. 

Age Requirement: 
This camp is for children who have completed the 3rd through 5th grades during the 2020-2021 school year. 

Early Registration Fee:  $160
Registration Fee after June 1, 2021:  $185

Last day to register: Thursday, July 1st

Scholarship Application

Register Here

Church Mission Work Survey

2021 Clergy Appointments


Click HERE to see the newest appointment changes around the Rio Texas Conference. 

Have you or your church received a new pastor?
Have you been assigned to a new church?

Click HERE for details on Appointment transitions. 

Grant Deadlines for New People New Places 2021

Click the INFO CENTER for more details on the New People New Places Grant 

Important Deadline Dates:

April 29, 2021

July 29, 2021

Leadership Interest Survey

Click HERE to print the Leadership Interest Survey. 

If you are interesting in serving on a District Committee such as Trustees, Building & Location, Disaster Response, Young People's Team and more, let us know by checking that box and sending in your form to the Crossroads District Office. 

Mail: 5606 N. Navarro Ste. 200 C/D
        Victoria, TX 77904


Fax: 361-573-4392


Rio Texas Conference PSA COVID-19

Recommended Reading List

Is there a book that you've read lately that has impacted or encouraged you?  Please share the title and author.

(We will post the list on the Resources Tab.)

Recommended Reading List 

5-Star Advanced Special Information

The conference’s Five Star Church Program was developed in 1990 to encourage local churches in the Rio Texas Conference to grow in mission giving and mission outreach every year.   Five Star churches receive an award certificate and special Annual Conference recognition of their giving through the Advance.

“Five Star” is the designation and recognition given to Rio Texas Conference congregations that participate in the Advance program by doing the following things every year: 

-       Paying 100% of their apportionments
-       Contributing toward UMCOR Sunday (formerly called One Great Hour of Sharing)
-       Contributing in each of the FIVE mission categories

CLICK HERE for more details on the mission categories and Advanced Specials. 

Scholarships Available


Looking for funds for school? The Rio Texas Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry strongly supports our seminary students and offers financial assistance whenever when funding becomes available. Scholarships and Book Expenses are awarded to qualified applicants once a year. 

The Board of Ordained Ministry is currently offering $15,000 in Scholarships per academic year. Completing the application will qualify a student for the BoOM scholarship, the "Then Sings My Soul" scholarship and the Rio Texas Perkins Alumni scholarship (for Perkins students only).

CLICK HERE for more information and ways to apply.


The scholarship deadline for 2021/2022 is July 10, 2021

Scholarships for Book Expenses are also available at this time, with deadlines as follows: 

January Term:             January 30
Spring Semester:       February 28
Summer Term:            July 30
 Fall Semester:            September 30

Safe Gatherings & Trusted con Confianza trainings


For those who are applying for Safe Gatherings certification or in need of renewal, visit to complete the background check, and begin the modules.

Once modules are completed, you will need to sign up for a facilitated session called "Trusted con Confianza".
Click on the link below for the next available Trusted con Confianza training session!

Trusted con Confianza trainings

If your church is looking for clarification, policy and release form templates or other Safe Gatherings resources, click on the link below. 


Editable Policy Template (Info Center tab)

The Rio Texas Conference website also has details on several in person and online trainings to complete your Safe Gatherings training as well as special webinars on specific topics like how you can choose the best policy your church. 



Books for Sale


Attention Crossroads District

Monday, September 16th, we had a working retreat at Cathedral Oaks led by the District Strategy team. There were several books recommended and available at a Book table

We have several of these books still available for sale at the District office!

CLICK HERE to view the books we have, details on prices, etc. 

Stop & Pray


 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” 

~Matthew 18:19-20

*Let's take a moment each day to pray for the church, the Crossroads District, the Rio Texas Conference, and the United Methodist body as a whole.