TMF Blog

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.

 
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Cultivating Generosity All Year Long Part 1 of 2

April 17, 2018

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.”

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After the Eye of the Storm

March 20, 2018

by Rev. Dr. Will Reed, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church Pasadena

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Transforming Resources to Meet Community Needs

March 06, 2018

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.

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New Blessings from a Landmark Church

February 14, 2018

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.

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Inserting Goodness

December 18, 2017

by Tom Locke, TMF President

Tom Locke reminds us to seize opportunities - big and small - to insert goodness into our world during Christmas and all seasons.

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Feeding the Good Wolf:  Making Choices Around Love

December 11, 2017

by Tom Locke, TMF President

As the story goes, one evening an old Cherokee grandfather was telling his grandson about a battle between two wolves that goes on within each of us.

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Comfortable Guilt

December 04, 2017

by Tom Locke, TMF President

In this post, Tom Locke discusses how comfortable guilt and attitudes of scarcity are at odds with TMF’s core purpose of empowering the church in the achievement of her God-appointed missions.

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Committing Our Interest to Serve Those Who Need it Most

November 26, 2017

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.

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Training Youth Ministers Today to Lead the Disciples of Tomorrow

October 30, 2017

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.

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It Was There All the Time:  the Beauty of the ‘AHA’ Moment

October 16, 2017

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.

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Focusing on Outcomes to Bear More Fruit

September 20, 2017

by Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Senior Consultant, Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary

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TMF Implements Disaster Relief Program for Existing Borrowers Providing Flexibility in Payment Terms

September 09, 2017

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.

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