“Over the years the Foundation has helped our congregation think through how to set up an endowment fund, how to invest wisely and how to design an inspiring stewardship effort. Just as we were establishing a new Stewardship Committee, we got an invitation from the Foundation to participate in a comprehensive stewardship seminar called ‘Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity.’ The timing could not have been better! It helped us get a fresh perspective on the ways that giving is changing in the 21st century, and it gave us new and creative tools to help us on the journey toward deeper generosity.”
“Our experience with the UM Foundation/Development Fund has been nothing short of amazing. We were able to drop the interest rate on our large mortgage by 1.2%. This translated into nearly $100,000 in savings that could be used for ministry instead of interest. They also worked with us in securing funds for some capital maintenance that was badly needed.
What was most encouraging to me and our leadership, was that in working with Phil, we were working with someone who just doesn’t care about the numbers, but more importantly, people, and our ministry to them.”
“Our UM Foundation is a wonderful gift to the Tennessee Conference and Memphis Conferences. President Dr. Phil Jamieson has always been quick to respond to our inquiries and willing to share his expertise as we have made decisions about the financial health and goals of our church. We trust them with our special funds and are pleased with the return on our investment. They can be counted on whether you are borrowing or saving, educating your congregation about wills and estates, or need a financial consultation. I would encourage you to checkout our UM Foundation.”
“After experiencing significant growth, Homestead UMC found itself in need of guidance and education regarding Stewardship. The stewardship grant offered by the UM Foundation was simple to apply for and sparked our creativity and initiative to begin intentional movement towards building a stewardship plan. After our first year of teaching and structuring we are looking forward with anticipation to a second year grant with goal setting and visioning for our ministries.”
“We are so pleased with the service we received when we refinanced our debt with the UMDF. We had been paying 7% interest and we were able to get a lower rate of 3.99%. We started working with them early March and by May had closed the loan. Our payments were reduced by almost $7,000. The UMDF made the whole process simple. Our financial administrator was able to easily complete the paperwork and provide all the necessary documents. I strongly recommend the Development Fund. The staff is very helpful and understands the Church.”