4 Ways GUMF Empowers People to Change Lives!

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By Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf, GUMF Vice President of Development

We have a new tagline for the Georgia United Methodist Foundation: Empowering People to Change Lives! We believe our mission is to promote transformation by helping churches and individuals be better stewards of God’s gifts and blessings. We continue to honor God’s call to sow the seeds of faith. As we move forward together, we sense God’s direction to provide programs and services which empower you. Here are four examples.

1. CLERGY FINANCIAL LITERACY ACADEMY
Few ministerial students were ever offered a class on financial management in seminary. In August, United Methodist pastors from across the state had a chance to learn and refine financial skills to help them be more effective leaders in their churches during our Clergy Financial Literacy Academy Pilot.

Read Financial Literacy Academy gives clergy tools, teaching needed for financial literacy by Kara Witherow, South Georgia Advocate Editor

2. WILLS CLINICS
Many people think that you don’t need a will unless you have a lot of property or investments to consider. In today’s world, EMTs and caring medical personnel are often forced to make critical decisions. Why not interest your church in a free workshop to learn about healthcare directives and how to pass important possessions to loved ones! We can also show you how to make a special gift to continue to bless your church.

3. WEEKLY DEVOTIONS
We always try to point to God in everything we do at the Foundation. We include devotional thoughts in our emails because we realize we have been blessed to be part of this exceptional ministry with you!

4. CHURCH ENDOWMENTS AND TREASURERS
We would be remiss if we did not encourage you to take the time to learn about how endowments enable ministry and especially the role, ministry, and value of your church treasurer. Our treasurers have such a critical ministry in helping us discover the joys of receiving, giving, and investing in God’s work.