January 2010 is the beginning of a new decade. Who could have seen all of the changes that took place in the last ten years; it has been a whirlwind. But the old saying still is true, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

The biggest thing that is still the same is people need to know Jesus Christ. The core value of the church remains the same, to win people to Jesus Christ.

The core value of the camping ministry is to bring children, youth and young adults to Christ. Sure they have fun, swim, hike, ride horse and all of the activities that make camping enjoyable, but the purpose is to bring children, youth and adults to a place where they will meet Christ and make a personal decision to follow Him all the days of their life. It is about evangelism and discipleship, that is the core value.

The other thing that never changes is that how money is spent truly reflects a person’s core values.

Matthew 6:21 reads, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” There are lots of demands for our time and money. Every day in the mail is a stack of request from some very good causes. As this year begins, decisions are made about charitable giving for the year and even decade. Please ask yourself this question, “what is my true core value?”

Revisit yearly charitable giving, long terms gifts such as endowments or trusts and review your estate planning. What is your commitment to your congregation, to the ministry of Indiana Conference, to the kingdom? In the decade to come, folks need to know Jesus, to be an active part of God’s Kingdom. Christ invested His life and love in you. Loving and saving you is the core value of Christ. Loving and living in Christ is to be our core value.

With all of the changes in the world, the old adage continues to be true, “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).

Be a blessing in the new year.

If you are interested in learning more about giving to the camping ministry, the Capital Fund Project for Epworth Forest, or other opportunities to share in the ministries of the Annual Conference, please e-mail jean.brindel@inumc.org or call the conference office 317-923-1321.

The Rev. Jean Moorman Brindel, CFRE, AFP, serves as Development Director: Camping for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.


How money is spent truly reflects a person’s core values.