Cast a Vision for Giving in 2019

Cast a Vision for Giving in 2019

I know what you are thinking, “Mike, you do realize that 2019 is almost over. It is a little late to be lifting up a vision for giving this year.” I believe that it is never too late to inspire someone to give. A person with discretionary giving or a Christmas bonus...
Listening As Communication

Listening As Communication

Communications is telling the story of Jesus and his love. Communications is sharing the lives changed because people give to the church. Communications is also listening to others. Sometimes, I have assumed to know what my wife is thinking. After almost forty years,...
The Spencer Award

The Spencer Award

For over fifty-years, the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation has assisted churches and individuals in telling the story of Jesus and his love.  One way we do so is through assisting individuals in creating an endowment fund. Mrs. Sadie S. Thorn and Mr. Frank E....
Listening As Communication

Communication Is Vital

You have probably seen the polls that show that very few people attend a congregation because of the pastor. The majority attend a congregation for the first time because a member invited them.  The same works with an invitation to generosity.  Most folks will never...
The Spencer Award

Money for Your Story

Years ago, I read an article about artificial intelligence. The writer said that the breakthrough will come when the computer answers a question with, “You know, that reminds me of a story.” The most human thing we do is tell stories. Stories are easier to remember...