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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PANAMA CITY, Panama (UMNS) – The Rev. L. Fitzgerald Reist announced today that the number of delegates for the 2012 General Conference will be near the 1,000-delegate limit.

"Although a variety of opinions have been expressed, I've heard strong pleas to retain similar numbers as before, and I believe any significant reduction in the number of delegates should occur in concert with a more comprehensive look at the whole process," said Reist, who is secretary of the quadrennial legislative gathering. "It's essential that we not undermine the level of trust. With so many substantive changes expected to be considered during the 2012 General Conference, it is important to avoid any perception that a reduction in the number of delegates might somehow be intended to influence outcomes."

The exact number of delegates will not be available until calculations have been completed, but the secretary of each  annual (regional) conference will be notified by Dec. 1 how many delegates their conference will have. General Conference will meet in Tampa, Fla., in spring 2012.

Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the General Commission on United Methodist Men, encourages leaders of United Methodist Men and women who support men's ministry to stand for election as General Conference delegates during their next annual conference sessions. "The future of this denomination is largely dependent on having a significant ministry to and with men," said Hanke.


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