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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Finding Love, Hope and Community in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

October 16, 2018

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.

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TMF’s Executive Pastors Group

October 01, 2018

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.

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Inconvenient Questions and “Woke” Answers

September 26, 2018

by John Thornburg, TMF V.P. of Area Staff

In this post, Rev. John Thornburg explains his response to an “inconvenient question” he fielded at a meeting of The Hymn Society: Who is your worship for?

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Recovery and Faith Formation on the Margins

September 16, 2018

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.

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Nothing in it for him, only kindness.

September 09, 2018

by Tom Locke, TMF President

Reflecting on the life and humanity of John McCain, Tom Locke reminds us of what is possible if we pursue, form, and value relationships based not on shared political opinions but on the shared personal values of love of God and (all) neighbors.

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Discerning Our Passion and Mission through Holy Conversations

August 28, 2018

by Rev. Cheryl Murphy, Senior Pastor of Waples Memorial United Methodist Church, as told to TMF

In the this blog, Rev. Murphy describes how intergenerational “holy conversations” are helping their congregation discern God’s unique call for them to serve their community.

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Showing God’s Love and Light Through Education and Service in Española, New Mexico

August 21, 2018

by Rev. Diana Loomis, Director of Development and Church Relations of McCurdy Ministries Community Center, as told to TMF

In this blog, Rev. Diana Loomis, Director of Development and Church Relations at McCurdy Ministries Community Center, shares how the transformation of their 29-acre campus from the original school more than a century ago is transforming lives in their community.

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The Call to “Admin-istry”

August 15, 2018

Heartspring Spotlight - Dorena Moore

There are people who would be hesitant to suggest that being a CFO was a calling or that financial positions could be considered ministries at all, but Dorena Moore knows otherwise. As the CFO for Heartspring Methodist Foundation, she often looks back at her career and can see God’s hand guiding her steps. “I was a teller in high school and college; then, I worked for a CPA and a real estate company. I served credit unions and even FUMC Houston as the Director of Finance. Now, I am here, and I have the experience I need to be successful. I truly believe God led me to this. God chose the church and opened the doors.”

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Building the Church Does Not End with the Last Nail

August 07, 2018

by Rev. Ricky Sanderford, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church McAllen, as told to TMF

In this blog, Rev. Ricky Sanderford, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church McAllen, encourages churches embarking on a building project to remain focused on the mission of the church and to trust that, in God’s time, the new resource will help fulfill that mission.

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Creating Pathways to Faith, Community and Opportunity

July 31, 2018

by Alison Young, Director of Development of SpringSpirit, as told to TMF

How is SpringSpirit changing lives? Alison Young describes how their founder's formative experience in youth baseball became the foundation for this ministry. Young is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and serves as the Director of Development for SpringSpirit in Houston, Texas.

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Giving Children the Gift of our Amen

June 27, 2018

by John Thornburg, TMF V.P. of Area Staff

In this anecdote, Rev. John Thornburg explains how he helps congregations navigate conversations by identifying desired outcome for worship practices.

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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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