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Observations and learnings from respected leaders committed to innovation and improved outcomes.

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“Not Unto Ourselves Alone Are We Born”

November 01, 2016

by Justin Gould, TMF Chief Development Officer

TMF’s Justin Gould explains how he enjoys helping individuals and families find purpose in their philanthropy, to the benefit of ministries down the street, across two states and even around the world.

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TMF Loan Becomes “Shelter from the Storm” for New Mexico Church

October 20, 2016

by Randy Worley, Chairman, Finance Committee, FUMC Artesia

Randy Worley of First United Methodist Church Artesia shares how TMF worked with FUMC Artesia to finance a building loan that would enable the church to better serve their congregation and community.

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The Power of Conversation and the Movement of the Holy Spirit

October 12, 2016

by Gil Rendle, TMF Senior Vice President

Gil Rendle, TMF senior vice president, discusses the power of conversation: "Conversation about a good question or new idea that involves deep listening and thinking changes the old conversations that weren’t getting us anyplace. It doesn’t make the conversations easier, but it can fill them with purpose and make them holy."

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Embracing Our Mission as a Downtown Church

September 28, 2016

By Rev. Monte Marshall, senior pastor, Travis Park United Methodist Church, San Antonio

Guest blogger Rev. Monte Marshal shares how a Holy Conversation with TMF’s Eric McKinney helped Travis Park UMC find new approaches to serving the needs of their diverse, evolving neighborhood.

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Providing Support for College Students in the Rio Grande Valley

September 15, 2016

By Rev. David J. Moreno, Campus Minister, Methodist Student Ministry, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Exploring and discovering new and better ways to serve students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with the help of TMF.

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Called to Serve

August 30, 2016

by Curtis Vick, TMF Executive Vice President

In this post, Curtis Vick explains how his calling complements the mission of TMF. He began working for Texas Methodist Foundation in 1982 and is now Executive Vice President. Here he reflects on what it means to be of value to the church from outside of its traditional walls. “Curtis’ leadership is his ministry here,” says Patti Simmons, Vice President of Foundation Relations. “He uses his gifts to serve God and, by his presence, encourages others to do the same.”

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Nostalgia and Three Changed Questions

August 15, 2016

by Gil Rendle, TMF Senior Vice President

In this post, Gil Rendle discusses how the lure of nostalgia can prevent us from living into God’s potential for us and our world.

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Clarksville’s Hub Community Center: Connecting the People of Red River County

August 02, 2016

by Melinda Watters, Zip Code Connection Director, Red River County, as told to TMF

Guest Blogger Melinda Watters explains how a grant from TMF enabled the Zip Code Connection to establish a presence in a poor, rural county and partner with residents working to transform their community.

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To Motivate Change, First Identify the Enemy

July 19, 2016

by Tom Locke, TMF President

In this post, Tom Locke reflects on identifying the enemy in order to motivate and create powerful change within a community.

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The Love of Grief

July 14, 2016

by Julie Yarbrough, Author and TMF Board Member

At this time of individual and collective grief for the victims of senseless violence and tragic death in Dallas; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; Baton Rouge; Orlando; and Nice, France, TMF board member Julie Yarbrough reminds us of the power of grief-born love to unite us as beloved human beings divinely created by God.

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Making Connections to Transform Urban Communities

July 05, 2016

by George Battle III, Zip Code Connection Director, South Dallas/Fair Park, as told to TMF

In this first of a two-part series on the Zip Code Connection, guest blogger George Battle III discusses how making connections within a community creates a foundation for achieving transformational, sustainable change.

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Something More

June 21, 2016

by Gil Rendle, TMF Senior Vice President

In this entry, Gil Rendle asks religious institutions to "listen and learn" from innovative communities sprouting up across the landscape.