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:

Developing principled Christian Leaders…

  • Training UM Men leaders for ministry of Jesus Christ through Advanced Lay Speaking Course.
  • Training Men’s and Scouting Ministry Specialists to serve in every conference.
  • Training and equipping leaders in Central Conferences in scouting and men’s ministry with on-site visits and on-line courses.
  • Training youth to be effective, caring leaders in church and community through ministries with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire.

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Be still and know God has things well in hand

 

By Gil Hanke

 

A few years ago, one of my colleagues in ministry gave a coffee cup to several of us. The cup is inscribed with Psalms 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” The verse matched her presentation, and it matched a need for me––and maybe for you. I have never filled that cup; it sits on the windowsill in my office where I see it dozens of times every day.

I am rarely still. I rarely disconnect. I talk to God often, but I do not spend an equal amount of time listening. Although I know that God is, in fact, God, I worry about things that are out of my control, as if God does not have all things well in hand.

 

Here are steps that I am taking so that I can be more in sync with this instruction from God.

 

  • I am restricting my reading or responding to work emails and messages after I leave the office.
  • I begin four out of five days a week with zoom meetings. They hold me accountable. When possible, I spend some time in silence before each of those meetings.
  • I do devotions before I leave the house, and when I finish, I try to remember what I just read and what it says about God, and about my walk. I also take advantage of “thin places” where I feel particularly close to God.
  • As a good Methodist, I am creating a schedule designed to make me a better listener to God. I want to let God take care of those other things that God does so well.
  • Becoming a better listener does not mean I stop planning nor do I limit the amount of time I engage in acts of service.
  • In fact, taking time to listen helps in both these areas.

I am not yet where I want to be. How about you?

 

Gil Hanke, general secretary

General Commission on UM Men

GHanke@gcumm.org

 

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