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.
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 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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.