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.
Rev. Steve Miller, Project Director and Founder of US-CLO
As we enter 2019 this week, we share an essay by Rev. Steve Miller, 2018 Ashoka Fellow and Founder of the HBCU Truth and Reconciliation Oral History Project and the Unites States Christian Leadership Organization, known as US-CLO. This New Year brings a significant milestone in Rev. Miller’s nearly 20-year pursuit of a framework and action plan for racial healing and reconciliation, which he describes as the cornerstone of his ministerial calling.
by Dr. John Siburt, President and COO, CitySquare
This week’s guest blogger is Dr. John Siburt, President and COO, CitySquare. TMF Grants Ministry awarded a grant to CitySquare for the expansion of its ministry to the community of Paris, Texas. Here, Dr. Siburt reflects on this good news, which begins in the Old Testament.
by Tom Stanton, TMF VP, General Counsel and Sr. Area Representative for the Rio Texas Conference
Tom Stanton describes the first time he served as a legal representative for a child immigrating to the United States and what the presence of JFON in Texas means to him.
by Mary Balagia, V.P. of Board of Directors, Wesley Community Center, Houston
In this blog, Mary Balagia, V.P. of the Wesley Community Center Board of Directors in Houston, enthuses about Wesley’s ministry to all people: from its infants to its youth, young adult with families to its elders. Through Mary’s eyes, we see why investing in people can pay priceless dividends.
by Bethany Rivera Molinar, Youth and Family Programs Director, Ciudad Nueva, as told to TMF
This week we share an interview with Bethany Rivera Molinar, Youth and Family Programs Director, Ciudad Nueva El Paso, a nonprofit that embodies the gospel of Jesus Christ by advancing the renewal and development of El Paso’s Rio Grande neighborhood through the empowerment and transformation of its residents. An enthusiastic coach and cheerleader for her community, Bethany explains how the process of applying for TMF grants and the encouragement of TMF Grants Ministry is helping shape its programs for a new generation of families.
by Robin Dickey, Mercy Street member and volunteer
This week’s guest blogger is Robin Dickey, who worships at Mercy Street in Houston, a congregation that’s a part of the United Methodist tradition that believes the grace of God is available to all, offers forgiveness and calls us to a life of justice and mercy. TMF Grants Ministry supports Mercy Street’s outreach ministry that studies the connection between faith and recovery from substance abuse.
Written with Rev. Louis Carr II and Dan Henderson from Harvest UMC in Fort Worth, TX
“Two years ago, in the heat of the summer, I was considering how I could serve the homeless population. Our church is only one street over from one of the largest food deserts in the country. The homeless have to walk very far, sometimes many miles, to get to churches that serve meals. These folks wear out shoes trying to get to food,” Dan Henderson, member of Harvest UMC in Fort Worth, said with a heavy heart.
by Dr. Ron Swain, Executive Director of First United Methodist Church of Georgetown’s Getsemani Ministry Center
Dr. Ron Swain is the former part-time Director of Missions at FUMC Georgetown, now serving as the full-time executive director of the Getsemani Ministry Center at FUMC Georgetown. In this post Ron shares insights into how FUMC Georgetown is answering the call of “Who is our neighbor?” and serving its local mission field.
by Alison Young, Director of Development of SpringSpirit, as told to TMF
A little over a year after Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 26, 2017, we revisit organizations like SpringSpirit which received emergency funding from TMF to help their community recover. This category 4 storm caused record-setting flooding with accumulations of 30 inches of rain in just a few days. Alison Young recounts an inspiring story about the SpringSpirit community coming together in the face of this disaster. She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and serves as the Director of Development for SpringSpirit in Houston, Texas.
Interview with Pastor Yvonne Coone Snelson
One of TMF’s greatest gifts is the ability to bring church leaders together into the same space, so they have the opportunity to enter into courageous conversations with their peers. We believe it is critical to stewarding potential and we believe it invests in people who are agents of change… People like Rev. Yvonne Coon Snelson, former Executive Pastor and now Senior Pastor of FUMC Georgetown.
by Rev. Melissa Maher, Lead Pastor, as told to TMF
Rev. Melissa Maher is the pastor of Mercy Street Church, a worship community that is affiliated with Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston and is in partnership with Santa Maria Hostel for women. In this blog she explains how their relationship with TMF Grants Ministries supports their study of how spirituality and faith formation affect individuals in recovery.