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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Hanke calls United Methodists to respond to prayer requests

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—On May 1, the National Day of Prayer, Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the General Commission on UM Men, invited church groups to visit the prayer wall of the  Upper Room Prayer Line.

“At that website, a Sunday school class, Bible study group, or UM Men organization can find scores of posted prayers,” said Hanke, “Imagine what might happen if a UM group would focus on just one of the scores of prayers and discuss possible responses. One of the members could then post a helpful response and group members could offer a series of prayers for the person that posted the prayer.”

“Engaging in such an activity before every meeting could change the life of the person seeking prayer and the lives of individuals offering prayerful responses,” said Hanke.

Hanke spoke at an Upper Room worship service marking the National Day of Prayer. Attendees celebrated the 42-year ministry of the prayer line. The occasion marked the change from individuals receiving prayer requests by phone to responding to prayers posted on the prayer wall website.

Wallace Neal, the national prayer advocate for UM Men, also addressed Discipleship Ministries staff and visitors. He promised UM Men organizations would gather to respond to posted prayer requests.

The service celebrated the contributions of UM Men to the prayer ministry.

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