The Free Methodist Church has a rich history of stewardship, beginning with B.T. Roberts’ focus on the gospel for the poor. From our earliest days, the Free Methodist Church laid a firm foundation of stewardship –in our individual lives, in our local churches, and together as a denomination. FMF Financial Services is humbled to be part of continuing this rich legacy.
The history of FMF Financial Services begins with the 1931 General Conference of the Free Methodist Church which called for the establishment of an Investment Committee to manage the investment of funds for the general church.
In the early 1950s, the Free Methodist Church established the Church Extension Loan Fund (CELF) which took investments from Free Methodists and provided loans to growing churches while also providing interest to the investors. The Investment Committee assisted in administering this fund.
The Investment Committee gained new responsibilities in the 1960s and 1970s. It first became responsible for investing the new pension plan for ministers, missionaries and church employees. In 1975, the Investment Committee broadened its services to the denomination by establishing the Division of Planned Giving to assist Free Methodists in their giving through outright gifts as well as planned gifts, including bequests and charitable trusts.
In 1987, the growing responsibilities of the Investment Committee led to the creation of a new entity known as The Free Methodist Foundation (FMF), responsible to the denomination’s Board of Administration. The Investment Committee served as the nucleus of the Board of Directors for the Foundation.
In recognition of a growing need for stewardship services to individuals and families, FMF expanded its services to include financial planning, individual and retirement accounts, as well as a donor-advised fund. These were offered under two new subsidiaries, GuideStream Financial, Inc. and GuideStream Charitable Gift Fund.
Today, this family of services is now called FMF Financial Services. We stand on the shoulders of all those who came before us to establish a legacy of stewardship in the Free Methodist Church. We are honored to serve our denomination, its churches and ministries, and its individuals in accomplishing a life of Stewardship Well Done.