Martinez UMC Investment Helps Churches


In 2005, Martinez UMC in Martinez, Georgia became the first church to invest in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation Certificate Program. Since that time, this small church with a big heart has renewed its certificate on two separate occasions.

“We decided to invest because the interest rate on the three-year note is extremely competitive,” said Jenny K. Bales, financial officer at Martinez. “Our church also wants to foster the development of additional Methodist churches.”

Being a good steward of God’s resources is very important to this nearly 300-member church whose mission is to impact our world by transforming the hearts of mankind through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Certificate Program is a unique investment opportunity that offers financial and spiritual rewards. One hundred percent of Certificate Program investments are used to provide below-market loans to United Methodist churches and entities in Georgia.

When asked to describe her experience of working with the Foundation, Jenny said, “Great! The staff members have always been friendly and professional. Calls are always returned promptly, and questions are always answered in detail. Communication, which includes everything from annual reports to quarterly statements, is also excellent.”

This article was originally published in the Summer 2011 edition of Faith & Money.