Certificate Investments Help Liberty UMC Prepare for New Construction

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Liberty UMC in Macon, Ga. is using some of its investments in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Certificate Program to prepare for the construction of a new building and renovation of existing facilities. Rev. Wayne Anthony, Pastor, explains why Liberty UMC chose this investment strategy.

“There are triple benefits to investing in the GUMF Certificate Program. No. 1, our investment gets a better return than we get from any other financial institution. No. 2, when we invest, GUMF loans those monies to churches to help them grow,” Anthony said. “No. 3, individuals can also invest. The more we all invest, the more that can be given back to the local church.

“GUMF also helped us establish a cemetery endowment fund. Preserving the cemetery is one way Liberty takes a comprehensive approach to ministry so that we serve the past, present and future. In 2023, the Church will celebrate its 200th anniversary. We are developing long-range goals to plan the mission and ministry for the Church locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for the next 100 years.”

In 2017, Liberty UMC launched a five-year Capital Funds Campaign to raise $7.7 million. The funds will be used to implement the Mission and Ministries Program, which includes new construction, renovation of existing facilities, program planning, and staffing. The Church hopes to break ground toward the end of the year and have the facilities complete in 2019.

“Liberty is located in one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Bibb County. We’re adjacent to three new facilities, Heard Elementary School, Lanford Public Library, and South Macon Recreation Complex,” Anthony said. “We want to impact our community by introducing everyone to Jesus Christ. The Church is the single greatest investment one can make. People are investing in something that will have a return for multi-generations.”

Here is just a partial list of some of the programs that will be made possible once the multipurpose facilities are complete:

The Activity Center

  • Provide classrooms for educational programming.
  • Teach Bible stories and Scripture verses from the Old and New Testaments.
  • Partner with the adjacent elementary school to provide year-round day-school and after-school programs.
  • Partner with students at local colleges and universities to provide daycare to children.
  • Expand the Upwards Sports Program designed for children and youth.
  • Serve as an evacuation center in the event of a hurricane.

The Home Improvement Center

  • Teach young people and adults how to do minor repairs to their homes.
  • Form teams that can work on homes in the local community and also respond to regional disasters.
  • Partner with Rebuilding Macon, House of Heroes, Habitat for Humanity, and other programs to provide affordable housing to the community.

Life Enrichment Skills

  • Teach people how to plan a menu, create a budget, manage finances, and save money.
  • Teach people how to improve their spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical lives.
  • Teach people how to improve their educational, vocational, and cultural lives.
  • Teach leadership, communication, and conflict resolution skills

Music and Arts Center

  • Raise up a new generation of Christian musicians who are committed to playing sacred music and participating in worship services.