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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Listen for God

 

By Steve Nailor

 

  “My son, if you stop listening to what I teach you, you will wander away from the words of knowledge.”

Proverbs 19:27                         

 

Greetings on behalf of the National Association of Conference Presidents of UM Men. 

 

We had enthusiastic responses to our Feb. 22-15 Nashville meeting of conference presidents and conference prayer advocates.

 

As we have concluded the Lenten season and celebrated the resurrection, I am reflecting on the words with which my pastor introduces scripture readings on Sunday mornings:

 

“Listen for God.” 

 

Do we listen for God, or are we just pretending? 

 

We had a great opportunity during Lent to be reconciled to God though our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Lent called us to be in prayer, to modify our lives, to repent of our sins, to give alms, and to be engaged in self-denial. 

We are now on the other side of Lent; it is time to build upon the experiences of that liturgical season.

I think of the words of “Amazing Grace” as sung by Chris Tomlin;

“My Chains are gone, I’ve been set free.  My God, my Savior, has ransomed me.”

 

What a gift!

 

How have you been set free this Eastertide?

 

As you reflect on your Lenten journey and the Easter celebration, how have you listened for God? 

 

Hear the words of Matt Rawle, pastor of Asbury UMC in Bossier City, La

.:

                  “Easter is where the expectation meets the incomprehensible”

––Abingdon Press What Make a Hero?                                                                             

 

It is not about giving up something for Lent and adding it back after Easter. 

It is about making changes in our lives. 

 

His resurrection has the power to change everything. 

 

Steve Nailor, president

National Association of Conference Presidents of UM Men

SDNailor@comcast.net

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