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

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Turning on the Worship Power Grid

October 13, 2015

by John Thornburg, Director of Area Staff and Area Consultant for the North Texas Conference

Before I became a pastor, I spent 12 years as a “Song Enlivener.” My job was to help churches help their congregations to welcome, embrace and participate in the power of song. While I had a title most people have never heard of, my role in working with congregations across Texas always felt vital.


The Red Queen’s Dilemma

October 06, 2015

by Gil Rendle, TMF Senior Vice President

The leaders who planned the adult Sunday School forum were justly proud of their program which had a widely known reputation. Colin Powell and former President Jimmy Carter were two of their guest teachers in the past year. Lesser known, but equally stellar, leaders in a variety of fields filled out the rest of the guest roster for the year. Proud, indeed.


Making Joyful Noise in Albuquerque

September 14, 2015

by David McCaskill, TMF Senior Vice President of Loans and Investments

St. John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque has been welcoming visitors and serving its active congregation since 1950. While the church has done much to support the community over the years, St. John’s has excelled at using music to help people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with God.


Gratitude for Jim Waterfield

August 31, 2015

by Tom Locke, TMF President

My friend Jim Waterfield died recently. Jim lived his splendid life in the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle, in the community of Canadian.


They’re Having a Party in Paris, Texas

August 27, 2015

by Bob Dupuy, TMF Senior Vice President of Charitable Services and Jacki Lammert, Director of Grants Ministry

How does a church reach out to members of the community who might not feel comfortable at a traditional Sunday worship service? In Paris, Texas, they throw a party.


Encouraging Congregational Leadership Through Conversation

August 10, 2015

by John Thornburg, TMF Director of Area Staff and Area Consultant for the North Texas Conference

As TMF Area Consultants, we are in the business of conversations. Whether those conversations are with a pastor, lay leadership, or other individuals or groups within a congregation, we always strive to communicate that we are there to serve. We want to help that congregation to discern and achieve what they see as God’s dream for their community.


Stewarding Potential by Showing Hospitality

July 27, 2015

“Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.” - Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life


Our Potential

July 06, 2015

by Tom Locke, TMF President

It was Ghandi who once said, “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” That notion of what we are capable of doing represents our God-given potential. At TMF when we use the term, “stewarding potential,” we’re talking about what we all need to do to help bring about the world that God desires.