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.