Daily Grat: Leadership Council

We had a fantastic Leadership Council meeting at church tonight. That’s not to say that all the news was easy or good. We had some disappointing financial news near the year-end. Namely, that we didn’t have the big December “push” that often comes late-year to balance out our budget.

So, we started this year in the hole. Then, despite more pledges than ever in the church’s history, we were still behind in terms of income we were hoping to have for this year.

A month ago then, at January’s Leadership Council meeting, the group left with several ideas for how to get us back to “even” financially. In the past 30 days, both our Finance and Stewardship Teams worked together on a quiet appeal to some of the church givers, in order to balance our budget.

The incredible news is that between tough-decision cuts by our Finance group, and the second appeal from our Stewardship group, last night we passed a balanced budget for the year. That’s a lot of hard work, condensed into about four or five sentences. But it was really really good work by some incredibly talented folks.

And for them, I am grateful.

(During this year, my goal is to find something new to be thankful for every single day, and to add that thanksgiving as a blog entry, under the title “My Daily Gratitude.” I started this kick back around Thanksgiving, and it’s already resulted in a favorite new song of mine. The goal of this ongoing spiritual exercise is to see if doing such a thing might inspire even more gratitude within me, and to foster general awareness of life on a deeper level.)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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