The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church hosted this webinar on May 21, 2024 with guest speaker and presenter Brenda Thomas.

SIDES FROM WEBINAR

 

Brenda Thomas, CIC, ACSR
Senior Vice President / Risk Manager
Hibbs-Hallmark & Company
Tyler, Texas
Direct Phone: 903-266-5616
Email: 

BIO:
As a dedicated Independent Insurance Agent, Brenda Thomas is driven by a profound passion for educating and consulting. She has established herself as a trusted authority known for her technical knowledge in insurance.

Brenda is the Senior Vice President and Shareholder of Hibbs-Hallmark & Company, a privately owned independent insurance agency with Corporate Offices in Tyler, Texas. The company also has sales offices in Austin, Dallas, Forney, Houston, and San Antonio. Her insurance licenses authorize her to sell Property & Casualty Insurance and Employee Benefits Insurance AND serve as a licensed Risk Manager in Insurance.

Brenda’s expertise spans over a 44-year period and includes service, sales, education, internal auditing, and risk management in the insurance industry. A large portion of her time is dedicated to risk management services for Churches and Independent School Districts throughout the State of Texas. Educating others is her passion and her customers find the manner that she explains insurance comforting and very beneficial.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Brenda has family connections to the United Methodist Church. Her father-in-law, husband (deceased), and brother have dedicated their lives to serving God as pastors in the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Brenda considers it an honor to share her insurance knowledge with churches across the conference and assist them maneuver thru this distressed insurance market.

 


Rethinking Church Property Webinar from May 13  

We continue our series on ways to maximize use of properties and their potential for the benefit of both the church and the community. Understanding how to make the most of these spaces can impact our communities and contribute to supporting and sustaining our churches and our ministries.

 

Thank you for joining us. Please take the post-webinar survey 
UBIT Handout .PDF

Webinar speakers include:

Rev. Kerry Sumpter Smith, Senior Pastor, White Rock UMC in Dallas

https://wrumc.org
Rev. Sumpter Smith will share how they’ve created revenue with their building.
Their experiences include renting space to multiple non-profits and community residents.
They will also discuss involvement where a nearby church had closed and was turned into a community center and community garden. 

Matt Austin and Matt Patrick – Co-Pastors of University UMC in Tulsa, OK

https://www.uumctulsa.org
Rev. Austin and Rev. Patrick will share from their experiences with leasing out their building to non-profits and residents. They created a for-profit enterprise selling coffee that creates revenue above expenses for the church. 

Ashley Voss, CPA, Ratliff + Associates

https://ratliffcpas.com
General Overview of UBIT (Unrelated Business Income Tax)
Ashley Voss will cover a general overview allowing that UBIT is a broad topic that can be very nuanced and unique to individual organizations.

Rethinking Church Property: Webinar from January:

 

The slide deck from the presentation may be viewed below or downloaded.

 

Thank you for joining us. Please take the post-webinar survey.

See Additional Resources at: www.txcumc.org/churchpropertyresources

 

During this session, we will explore strategies to monetize church properties and maximize their potential for the benefit of both the church and the community. Understanding how to make the most of these spaces can impact our communities and contribute to supporting and sustaining our churches and our ministries.

 

Our discussion will cover topics centered around:

  • Creative ways to utilize church property for additional income.

  • Legal and tax considerations in monetizing church spaces.

  • Resources and connections to help find guidance.

 

Your participation will not only equip you with new insights, but it will also foster conversation and collaboration among our congregations to share ideas and resources.

 

Webinar speakers include:

      • Dr. Will Reed – Strategies for engaging TAC approved real estate firms and others.

      • Rev Jill Daniel – United Methodist early childhood centers.

      • Vendors to monetize your parking lots, buildings, and other properties.

 

Why attend?

      • Churches have under-utilized buildings, parking lots and vacant land.

      • Aging property is expensive!

      • Expert help is needed to know the opportunities of rental market and commercial real estate factors.

      • Churches and pastors feel isolated in this work.

      • Decisions about church buildings are emotional.

      • Times have changed. Churches need revenue beyond the offering plate.

 

Together, let's explore innovative ways to empower our congregations and the communities we serve. Contact Rev. Robert Besser with questions at: