Who we are

The 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline charges the General Commission on United Methodist Men with the “primary oversight for the coordination and resourcing of men’s ministry with The United Methodist Church.” (paragraph 2302)

Brief history

By a margin of 80% to 20%, the General Conference of 1996 approved the creation of the General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM), effective January 1, 1997. The GCUMM assumed the responsibilities of the former Division of United Methodist Men of the General Board of Discipleship. A Board of Directors was established by General Conference to oversee the work of the Commission.


To Help Men Grow In Christ, So Others May Know Christ.

Board of Directors

The GCUMM Board of Directors is responsible for communicating through its staff to its affiliates and partners, and the UMC, the mission and vision of the GCUMM to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


The GCUMM staff is charged with conducting operations to carry out the mission and vision of the Board of Directors concerning ministries with men and scouting as directed by the UM Book of Discipline, and including strategic plans. They are also responsible for training and resourcing affiliates, partners and other leaders to accomplish these goals. See our complete staff listing.



At the August 2015 meeting of the GCUMM Board, the following organizations were reviewed and selected as Affiliate Partners, Affiliates and Endorsed Ministries. There are other organizations under consideration for the next meeting of the GCUMM Board.

An Affiliate Partner is typically an organization where GCUMM has a place on their board of directors, and where GCUMM assists in fund raising that goes directly to the Affiliate Partner.

An Affiliate is typically an organization where there interaction on a committee-to-committee basis, and there is a close interactive relationship.

An Endorsed Organization is a group that has a good relationship with GCUMM or with some UMM conference organizations. They have a history of providing a meaningful ministry and good business practices.



Affiliate Partners
National Association of Conference Presidents of UM Men
The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA)
Strength for Service, Inc.
United Methodist Men Foundation



Boy Scouts of America
Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries (DBOM)
Girl Scouts of the USA
Mobility Worldwide
Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY)
The Upper Room Prayer Center
WesleyMen - World Fellowship of Methodist/Uniting Church Men

Endorsed Organizations
Camp Fire National Headquarters
Denominational Men’s Ministry Leaders (DMML)
The Hope of Hearing
Lead Like Jesus
Love Packages
Man in the Mirror
National Coalition of Ministries to Men (NCMM)
Rise Against Hunger
The Upper Room Emmaus Ministries
Wesleyan Building Brothers

Click here for a printable list of our ministry partners.

As has been the practice since the GCUMM was formed, these relationships may be terminated at any time by either party (GCUMM Board or by the affiliate or endorsed organization) by a letter. The intent is that all affiliations and endorsements will be reviewed at the last scheduled face to face meeting of the GCUMM prior to the General Conference.