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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.
Interviewer: When TMF Area Representatives are asked to assist churches, whether it is with generosity, purpose, or something in between, what guides your work? Richard: TMF Area Representatives have a set of seven stances that truly guide our work with churches.
by Curtis Vick, TMF Executive Vice President
Reflecting on my childhood, I have a clear memory of the Woolsey family. They sat in the first pew of our church, where my father was a minister. Although they had no children of their own, they were surrounded by kids every Sunday morning. When time came to collect the offering, they gave every child a nickel. Each child heard the satisfying clink as he or she put their nickel on the plate each week.
by Tom Locke, TMF President
Recently, in the pocket of a suit I was wearing, I found the notes for my comments at the memorial service for my friend Rev. Tom Graves in 2012. Reading through those reflections, I was struck by how timeless Tom’s values are, and how the things he taught me about life continue to be so relevant to today.
by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, TMF Leadership Formation
In an excerpt from her monograph, Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: A Call for Resilience in Uncertain Times, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie reflects on how her father modeled resilience. Her reflection introduces an exposition and courageous discussion of today’s time of anxiety, uncertainty and accelerating change in the Church.
Breaking out of boxes. No doubt you’ve heard people talk about the importance of breaking out of old boxes as a prerequisite to doing new things. It is a frequently repeated idea. However, what is not so often considered is that breaking out of boxes is a discipline to be practiced, not a quick fix that suddenly sets someone free.
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.