Ministry of Hospitality

Ministry of Hospitality can help support ministries in the most unlikely places. In the respected halls of academia, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafts from the office of the Wesley Foundation at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), in Murfreesboro, TN. This smell of coffee helps to usher students into a ministry of hospitality.

When the MTSU Wesley Foundation meets, it is able to provide not only holy fellowship in the Wesleyan tradition to the students who attend, but also drinks and snacks.

Reverend Tyson Ferguson who oversees the Foundation says, “With the dollars from UMCmarket we are able to purchase fair trade coffee through equal exchange and provide free coffee and tea to students at the MTSU Wesley Foundation on a daily basis. Having drinks and snacks is one way we are able to be a ministry of hospitality to the students, build relationships, and share about their faith journey in a meaningful way.”

By using UMCmarket and designating the MTSU Wesley Foundation as their ministry to support, Reverend Ferguson points out that alumni, friends, and others have an opportunity to provide support in a new and innovative way.

He notes that “Extension ministries, like Wesley Foundations, have to raise funds and programs like the UMCmarket are helpful in keeping mission outreach possible.”

With, those who shop online can select from several thousand vetted retailers who offer a percentage-of-the-purchase-donation to a local church or other UM ministry.  Each purchase generates a donation to the ministry.  When several people select that ministry, the donation grows.

“… but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”  Proverbs 13:11b (NIV)