Mission in an Age of Anxiety

The world of 24 hour news cycles have a way of ratcheting up our anxiety and making us fearful about the future.  News about the upcoming Called Session of General Conference in 2019 is definitely making United Methodists anxious.  It is so easy to allow our anxiety to lead us into a bunker mentality, where we essentially wait and do nothing.  I want to assure you that the Foundation is not hunkering down and hiding our talent in the ground.

The Foundation continues to conduct its mission of wisely investing funds entrusted to us for the sake of the church’s mission. We continue to provide scholarships because of generous donors creating endowments. The Foundation still provides resources for clergy and other leaders in the area of generosity. We are sponsoring a Communication Workshop once again in October. We have a received a Lilly Grant to encourage clergy to explore their financial reality and future. And the Foundation assists newly commissioned clergy in personal and church finance awareness.

After all, it is not about us or the institution called the United Methodist Church. What we do is all about connecting persons to a loving God made known to us in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is that mission that continues to drive us at your Mississippi United Methodist Foundation.

Annual Conference

You are invited to stop by our display booth at the 2018 Mississippi Annual Conference. You may wish to pick up a pen or a nifty, color changing stress ball.  You can even talk to us about generating more income for your church’s ministry, or how your church can invest in new spiritual leaders through Foundation Scholarships.

We hope to see you soon!

Telling the Story

Telling the Story

One of my devotional books I use suggested singing “I Love to Tell the Story” this morning.  The chorus goes:

I love to tell the story,
‘Twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.

How are we telling the story of Jesus and His love today? People respond and give because they are moved by the stories of lives being changed through ministry and mission. We often assume that everyone in our congregations know what we are doing, but that is a mistake. People are often unaware of all that is being done to share the story of Jesus and His love.

The time leading up to the offering is a great time to share a thirty second story about how the church is telling the story of Jesus to children or youth. What about the visit by the group to the local nursing home? A portion of your mission shares goes to educate new clergy, who will tell the story of Jesus and His love.

The Foundation can assist you in telling the story of Jesus and His love. Call us or email us today.

Mick Hicks