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Places to Play - A Pitch for Recreation and Mentorship

Leadership Ministry

Sometimes innovative leaders just need a bit of affirmation that they are going in the right direction. For Pastor David Briggs, that is just what Launch 1.0 did. The Courageous Leadership Imperative’s Launch 1.0 was a cooperative event with the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) Foundations and Bishops that occurred in St. Louis last fall.

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Empowering Leaders in New Ways - A Pitch for Cooking Classes

Leadership Ministry

The church is located in an area with, well… High crime. High teen pregnancy rates. High drug use. Do you want to live here? Serve here? What if you were called to pastor here? Could you see it for what it truly was, a beautiful, culturally rich community whose vibrancy cannot be contained by negative statistics?

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From the Kitchen to the Pulpit - A Pitch for Investing in Hispanic Clergy Women

Leadership Ministry

During Launch 1.0, Pastor Liliana Padilla did something quite unexpected. She stood in the very back of the church were participates were gathered and donned a cardboard box that looked like a stove from one side. As she walked to the front of the church, it seemed as if she was standing behind a stove and she conveyed to the room that Hispanic women feel tied to traditional expectations of femininity – cooking, rearing children, cleaning. No matter how they feel God is calling them to ministry the expectation that they will serve their families in the home can prevail over God’s call.

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An Intersection of Callings

Leadership Ministry

Our call stories are as varied as our fingerprints. Some are called in very ordinary ways. Like Elijah, they feel God calling them out of sheer silence. Others, however, are moved into ministry dramatically. When Rev. Dr. Eddie Rivera was a 15-year-old boy growing up in Mexico, he was a fourth generation Methodist. Joining the “family business” of ministry was not a difficult decision, but it did not feel like a calling. It felt like following his dad’s legacy.

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Apportionment Success in the El Paso District

Area Representatives, Leadership Ministry

Measurable results. They are necessary to determine success, but so often in ministry they seem elusive. How do we measure discipleship growth? What fruit indicates positive change and who makes that evaluation?

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Supporting Causes that are Part of God’s Movement

Leadership Ministry, Legacy Giving

“I think your truest self surfaces when you practice the discipline of giving,” First UMC Lubbock Rev. Dr. Craig Curry shared. “That self is transformed by what love has really done to us. God calls us together to accomplish his will on earth and our resources are his. As we give ourselves away, this new self blossoms, and we grow in our trust that God will replenish us.”

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Launch 1.0 Recap

Leadership Ministry

This October, 122 courageous leaders from across the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) gathered together for Launch 1.0! Launch 1.0 was the kick off event for the Courageous Leadership Imperative (CLI) and would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of the SCJ Bishops and Foundations. We are grateful for the work that was done in order to bring these vibrant, creative leaders together to network, dream, and explore ministry possibilities.

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Economics and Fights - Part 2

Leadership Ministry, Legacy Giving

For leaders like Rev. Todd Salzwedel, Pastor of FUMC Odessa, his experience in TMF’s Entrepreneurial Pastors Group was transformative. “TMF is on the cutting edge of creating incubator groups for leadership development,” Todd noted. “Through this group, I have been given opportunities to be resourced for success and had the chance to network with other leaders who have helped me grow.”

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Economics and Fights

Leadership Ministry, Legacy Giving

Rev. Todd Salzwedel, Senior Pastor at FUMC Odessa, came to ministry via economics and fights. It is an unusual combination to say the least, but, for Todd, it was exactly the combination of experiences he needed to be a more effective pastor.

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The Spirituality of Generosity – An Interview with Bob Dupuy, TMF Board Member

Leadership Ministry, Legacy Giving, Gifts To TMF

I grew up in comfortable, but modest circumstances. There was not much talk of philanthropy in my childhood home, but both my parents were generous with others in small and subtle ways.

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