From your partners in men’s ministry
A bimonthly email letter from agency officers and staff
to leaders of United Methodist Men
Bishop James Swanson Sr. recalls a Buffalo Springfield song that invites us to “stop” and look at “what’s going down.” He hopes these unpredictable times will lead men of faith to lean on Jesus.
Gil Hanke invites UM men to take the UM mission statement personally. Quoting from the hymn “It’s me, it’s me O Lord . . .,” Hanke suggests the decline in church membership is because men don’t invite others to join them in worship.
Dan Ramsey is nearing the end of his term as president of NACP. He encourages men to set God-type goals and continue to provide devotional books and Bibles and to engage in mission activities.
Larry Coppock has been a big brother to two youngsters under Big Brothers Big Sisters, a ministry with which the commission has been related for the last 10 years. He asks men to think and pray about becoming big brothers.
Mark Lubbock suggests that “men will engage in activities that have a worthy objective even if it is not their favorite way to spend time.” He encourages units of UM Men to establish mission statements that embrace large visions.
Jim Boesch offers a four-part visioning format that concludes with setting your “church’s goals and expectations.” He asks us to “make it clear who will perform what, when, where and how often.”
Mark Dehority notes that everyone knows why Dairy Queen exists. He wants UM Men units to be equally clear about why they exist. “It is time to get to the basics . . . God wants us to love Him and God wants us to love our neighbors.”
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