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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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The Vital Work of Conference Lay Leaders - Part 2

June 11, 2018

Interview with Leah Taylor

While Bishop Huie was charting a new course for conference lay leaders, Leah Taylor was serving as the chief implementor. Leah was the conference lay leader for the Texas Conference from 2004 until 2012. In that time, she changed the face of lay leadership at the conference level and inspired other conferences to reconsider how the person in this position served.

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The Vital Work of Conference Lay Leaders - Part 1

June 06, 2018

Interview with Bishop Janice Riggle Huie

Have you ever wanted to know more about a subject and been completely unable to find information about it, so much so that you felt the internet had personally failed you? Today was that day for me. I googled conference lay leader for over an hour, delved into Wikipedia, and scoured the dregs of the internet to discover - notta. I tried history of the conference lay leader, Methodist conference lay leaders, and more. Still nothing. I mean, I did happen upon the contact information for all lay leaders within Methodism, but knowing where these fine people live is not exactly what I needed.

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When My Preference Moves to God’s Heart for the Community

May 29, 2018

by Tom Stanton, TMF Vice President and General Counsel and Senior Area Consultant

Leaders of an established urban church in Texas realized that its neighborhood and congregation look very different in 2018 than they did in 1988. Their invitation to TMF to facilitate a meaningful conversation gave me the opportunity to help them learn about God’s heart or purpose for that urban church. At TMF we call this conversation – a day-long workshop – “Holy Excavation.”

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Cultivating Generosity All Year Long Part 2

May 22, 2018

by Rev. Melvin Amerson, TMF Senior Area Representative and Resource Specialist

In part 1, we reviewed the stewardship practices that are consistent among bold and courageous leaders who offer creative and ongoing responses to God’s generosity. Now we will look more closely at each best practice and why it is integral to a year-round campaign. At the end, we’ll explain how a narrative budget weaves together your year-round plan.

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Jim Argue, 1951 – 2018, Creates Platforms for Stewarding Potential, in Life and in Death

May 14, 2018

by Tom Locke, TMF President

The smile tells you a lot, doesn't it? Jim Argue's smile let you know that here was a man who enjoyed life – who not only enjoyed it but soaked it up. He was also a man who was genuine, who was caring, who understood how to live abundantly, and who, in my life and in the lives of so many others, was a most cherished friend.

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Planting a New Church in Odessa, All in God’s Time

May 01, 2018

By Rev. Donnie Williams, Lead Pastor of The Bridge Church, as told to TMF

Planting a new church takes time, prayer and the flexibility to know that it will all come together in God’s time. The Bridge Church, located in Northeast Odessa, has been in the works for almost two decades. Our parent church, First United Methodist Church of Odessa, and many people worked tirelessly to make our dream of a new church a reality. We wanted to create a new church home for young families and younger people who were moving into the northeastern part of town.

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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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