For Grace Ave, Holy Conversations was an opportunity to pause and listen to God’s voice to hear their calling anew within their current context. During this process, they discovered their neighbors were not who they had always imagined them to be.
"I wanted to create an event that would celebrate donors while they were blessing our ministry. When I was starting out at the Tyler United Wesley Foundation, I prayed to meet people who would want to become part of our Wesley family."
COVID-19 complicated the landscape of campus ministry along with the component of raising funds for these ministries. However, Wesley House at Tyler Junior College found a winning solution with a virtual step-a-thon!
Rev. Melvin Amerson was that tipping point for Rev. David Briggs. As a TMF Area Representative for the Texas Conference, Melvin had been working as a coach with David, encouraging him to tie the church’s bold new vision to stewardship.
Thinking about her Methodist History class at Perkins and a post-Civil War movement called the Epworth League, which provided discipleship experiences and leadership development for young adults, Katie realized the UMC had nothing similar in place.
Bible stories can unlock new learning and motivate the discernment process. When a congregation gathers to engage in TMF’s Holy Conversations one assignment is to answer the question, “What is the biblical story your congregation is now inhabiting?”