Katharine Yarnell, the Field Outreach Minister in the North Central District, is a featured author in the current edition of the Circuit Rider magazine. Her article, “Get Your Money’s Worth: Stories Drive Apportionments,” is written for pastors and other leaders of local churches.
She describes “two rules of thumb [that] apply to teaching financial stewardship.” First, include numbers with a narrative. Tell the story of ministry in conjunction with the dollar figures in budget proposals. Second, make sure to connect money with a mission. Tell about the benefits of donations to a particular cause. Her article addresses both practical ideas and the theological foundation of our Christian giving.
The eight Field Outreach Ministers serve on our district ministry teams, working with local churches in pursuit of the United Methodist mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Their work is supported with apportionment gifts from our congregations through the state of Iowa.
The FOMs brings a range of expertise to their ministry. Among Katharine Yarnell’s specialties is her work in financial stewardship. She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She is also a certified fund-raising executive (CFRE) and a certified counselor in philanthropy (FCEP).