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?”
One thing that we can do as Area Representatives is facilitate a Putting Your House in Order workshop. This workshop focuses on questions around end-of-life giving, so it can start a conversation about leaving money to your congregation.
Last fall, Tom Stanton had the chance to visit with FUMC Jonesboro. Tom introduced them to a woman named Nancy Elizabeth West, a woman who was passionate about supporting missions and had a heart for Jonesboro, TX.