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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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.

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Asking the Right Questions

June 09, 2016

by Tom Locke, TMF President

In this post, Tom Locke describes how asking the wrong questions can lead to endless dispute while asking the right questions can help us stay in relationship and be open to the new thing that God is inviting us to discover.

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Bigger Roads Lead to Better Community Relationships

May 25, 2016

by Steve Heyduck, Senior Pastor of Euless First United Methodist Church, as told to TMF

Guest Blogger Steve Heyduck shares how conversations about discernment are shaping the way Euless First United Methodist Church plans to engage and serve its community.

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Reversing the Question

May 11, 2016

by Tom Locke, TMF President

In this post, Tom Locke discusses the importance of Reversing the Question and where it can lead you, and others.

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Advancing Theology Education in Houston

April 27, 2016

by Matt Russell, Founder and Executive Director of ProjectCURATE, as told to TMF

Guest Blogger Matt Russell shares how TMF is helping ProjectCURATE transform theological learning, one relationship at a time.

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A Transformative Journey for Clergy from New Mexico and Northwest Texas Conferences

April 13, 2016

by John Rivas, Executive Director for New Mexico Activities

John Rivas shares the reflections and gratitude of clergy from the New Mexico and Northwest Texas Conferences that visited the Holy Land in January 2016. These inspiring responses to the trip are vivid examples of the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives, and the ministries, of those who made the journey.

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