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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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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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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