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by Stephanie Free, Executive Director, Tyler Street Tower
In this post, Stephanie Free, Executive Director of Tyler Street Tower, explains the challenges of growing old without family or a support network.
by Gil Rendle, author and recently retired TMF Senior VP
In this post, Gil Rendle examines how financial education and security can embolden clergy to become more effective and courageous leaders.
by Rev. Melvin Amerson, TMF Senior Area Representative and Resource Specialist
TMF’s Rev. Melvin Amerson encourages each of us to consider what our “now and later” giving will be and what legacy we are establishing both today and tomorrow.
by Sharon Stewart, Senior Pastor, Parker Lane UMC
In this post, Senior Pastor Sharon Stewart explains how the growing Matu community has transformed the congregation at Parker Lane UMC.
by David Austin, Executive Director, Kelly Memorial Food Pantry, El Paso
In this post, Kelly Memorial Food Pantry Executive Director David Austin shares how the pantry is able to offer much more than food to members of the community, thanks to support from TMF.
by John Thornburg, TMF Vice President of Area Staff
TMF Vice President and renowned worship leader John Thornburg tells a personal story of his own, an “ah-ha” experience that led him to ask better questions and to create truly transformational worship.
by Stan Cosby, Senior Pastor, St. Stephen UMC, Amarillo
In this post, Senior Pastor Stan Cosby discusses how a loan from TMF helped Saint Stephen UMC in Amarillo grow and transform its congregation to meet the needs of a growing community.
by John Rivas, TMF Executive Director for New Mexico Activities
In this post, John Rivas shares his thoughts on the importance of Transformational Philanthropy.
by Rev. Hannah Terry, Associate Pastor, Westbury United Methodist Church, as told to TMF
In this post, Rev. Hannah Terry, Associate Pastor at Westbury United Methodist Church, discusses how TMF Grants, and TMF’s Ministry with the Poor Learning Community, are helping the Fondren Apartment Ministry see miraculous transformations in the lives of neighbors starting their lives over in a new country.
by Carole Somers-Clark, retired Vice President, Pastoral Services, Methodist Hospital, Dallas
Carole Somers-Clark shares what she learned as a facilitator of TMF’s Leadership Ministries, and the importance of listening this Christmas season, and all year long.
by Tom Locke, TMF President
In this post, Tom Locke shares his reflections on generosity and our philanthropic journey.
by David McCaskill, TMF Senior Vice President Loans and Investments
In this post, David McCaskill, TMF Senior Vice President of Loans and Investments, reflects on his observations over two decades of meeting with pastors and congregations at hundreds of churches across across Texas and New Mexico, helping to finance their missions and callings. From the Rio Grande Valley to the Panhandle, McCaskill observes several qualities that fruitful churches share, no matter their size.