Observations and learnings from respected leaders committed to innovation and improved outcomes.
Our TMF blog shares stories and essays inspired by our purpose: to help individuals, families, congregations and like-minded organizations achieve their God-inspired potential.
by Rev. Melvin Amerson, TMF Senior Area Representative and Resource Specialist
During the year, these questions arise: “Are there any new annual stewardship campaign programs?” and, “Do you have any ideas on how to get members to give more?” The typical follow-up statements are “Our members are all on fixed incomes,” and “They are giving all they can.” These are code words for “I am not comfortable/do not like leading money- or generosity-related conversations in the church.”
by Rev. Dr. Will Reed, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church Pasadena
TMF Director of Grants Jacki Lammert visited with Rev. Will Reed, whose leadership at First UMC Pasadena began during a crisis in the state’s foster care program and a year before Hurricane Harvey. In this two-part blog series, Dr. Reed shares how conversation, communication and leadership help his congregation follow their calling to be a church that loves its community and kids.
Rev. Kenneth Green, Sr. Pastor, Mount Vernon UMC, Houston
In this post, Rev. Kenneth Green, Sr. Pastor, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, explains why, after selling some property, it was important for his church to invest in the Methodist Loan Fund.
by Rev. Jason Fry, Sr. Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church
In this post, Jason Fry, Sr. Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church, discusses how his congregation felt to be spared by Hurricane Harvey when the storm wiped out communities just a few miles away - and what they’re doing to help their neighbors.
by Dietrich “Deech” Kirk, Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
In this post, Dietrich “Deech” Kirk, Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training talks about the challenges faced by youth ministers, and how creating a specialized training and education program has prepared youth ministers to succeed in their mission to help young people.
by John Thornburg, TMF Vice President of Area Staff
Big or small, urban or rural, established or plant – no matter how you describe a church or ministry, it is likely its leaders and members will engage in both planning and discernment. Both are important, and at TMF, we like to discuss how they are different.
TMF Implements Disaster Relief Program for Existing Borrowers Providing Flexibility in Payment Terms
by David McCaskill, TMF Senior Vice President of Loans
To aid in the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort, TMF is implementing a disaster relief assistance program to TMF borrowers that provides a reduction in interest rate and options to defer payment for up to four months.