Along with purpose and courage, resilience is one of the leverage issues on which congregations will live or die in the future. What is needed to enlarge the capacity of pastors, congregations, and the denomination to become more resilient?
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.
In the next ten to fifteen years, Troy, TX is projected to triple in size, moving from less than 2,000 people to over 6,000, and Troy UMC is gearing up for the boom. In order to reach them, Troy UMC decided to move up a massive building project.
US-CLO employs the biblical account in Exodus to demonstrate God’s activation of compassion and healing from being heard. I believe our work through US-CLO will serve as a healing source, which the US and its current racial environment need.
“I am excited about continuing my work with TMF. This organization is willing to look into the future and is not afraid to challenge us to think about where we put our resources, to innovate, and to reach new people in new ways,” Mark expressed.