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, 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.
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.
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.
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.