Sacred Places Spring 2013 - Page 17

UPDATE on Partners: Texas Office The Texas Methodist Foundation was founded in 1938 by a group of Methodist clergy and lay leaders from the Texas conference. They “sought to protect the church from fluctuating economies” by promoting long-term financial stability. TMF fulfills its charge in numerous ways, helping to strengthen clergy and laity so they, in turn, can guide their congregations in using financial resources to meet the church’s mission. Over the course of its work, TMF has learned that congregations need not just financial income, but strong leadership that can advocate on their behalf. In this, Partners for Sacred Places and TMF have goals in common. Earlier this year, staff from Partners and TMF convened in Austin for an afternoon to compare notes on the missions of the two organizations and the resources we each offer. The meeting’s goal was to determine how we can work together more closely to best to serve congregations throughout the state. St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, the site of the public launch of Partners’ Texas Office! TMF believes that Partners’ Public Value Tool and Halo Effect economic valuations could be of great importance to urban churches as well as suburban and rural congregations, helping them identify the value of their ministries and services in the communities they serve. Partners’ New Dollars/New Partners training and workshops can also provide opportunities for close collaboration between the two groups. We look forward to our partnership with the Texas Methodist Foundation and expanding upon the resources that both organizations have to offer. Texas Advisory Board Members James R. Nader, FAIA, Chair Kenneth Barr Cynthia Boyd Diane Bumpas Richard H. Bundy, AIA Kris Calvert Louise B. Carvey Robert I. Fernandez Donald Gatzke, AIA Marty Leonard Robert F. Pence, PE The Reverend Brenda W. Weir Ex Officio Fernando Costa Randle Harwood William J. Thornton, Jr. Sacred Places • Spring 2013 • 16