UMM is working to implement a new model and vision of men’s ministry. We believe that the result will be men involved in all four areas of focus which will reach the world for Christ. United Methodist Men are responding to the four areas of focus in the following ways:

New places for new people and renewal of existing congregations…

  • Awakening and building new spiritually as a means to revive congregations.
  • Training clergy and lay leaders in effective discipleship of men.
  • Encouraging and equipping men to serve their pastors and congregations as ministry partners.
  • Assisting UMC leaders beyond the USA with relevant training and resources.

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Examine yourself

 

By Mark Lubbock

 

                                                   “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”

Psalm 26:2                                       

 

Easter is a fantastic time in the Church.

 

We are reminded of Christ’s rising from the dead –– of spring –– of a fresh start. Why not let this be the start of a “New Year” in both your personal life and ministry?

 

A wise man once alerted me to the fact that I was spending so much time, effort and energy working “in the ministry” that I was not able to “work ON the ministry,”

 

The point is I was looking only at what was before me –– my daily tasks, work, and goals. I was unable to look at the whole of my ministry in order to evaluate and adjust.

 

He offered me some practical steps:

 

  1. Begin by taking a break. Stop what you are doing and get away. Free yourself from your routine and familiar surroundings to allow a fresh perspective.
  2. Make a list of areas you want to improve. Let the ideas flow.
  3. Pray about the one item on which you want to focus; it may be personal, it may be something related to your ministry.
  4. Write it down. Make it short and to the point.
  5. Make this your number one daily priority.
  6. Do something each day until you see results.

Eastertide is a perfect time to review and implement these steps. This may be your opportunity to make a course adjustment that will ensure you reach your personal and missional goals this year.

 

Mark Lubbock is a certified men’s ministry specialist and a deployed staff member of the General Commission on UM Men

mlubbock@gcumm.org

 

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