Photo: Representatives of conferences that increased the number of EMS members receive Bibles from Gil Hanke, top staff executive of United Methodist Men. Left to right: Donald Beard, Mississippi; Steve Nailor, Northern Illinois; David Martin, Indiana; Gard Wayt, Louisiana; Norman Johnson, North Georgia; Jim Green, Virginia; John Croft, Alabama-West Florida; Darvin Hebron, Baltimore Washington; Tom Starnes, North Carolina, and James Walker, Detroit. Not pictured: Clarence Littlefield, Southwest Texas.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –– Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the General Commission on United Methodist Men, expressed gratitude to annual conferences that increased the number of chartered men’s organizations over the past year.
“In the midst of all the news centering on the decline in the United Methodist Church,” said Hanke, “we are seeing real growth in men’s ministry and in scouting ministry.”
Hanke presented Bibles to presidents of conferences that increased the number of EMS members (Every Man Shares – individual contributors) and presidents that increased the number of chartered groups over the past year.
Hanke gave certificates of appreciation to presidents of United Methodist Men in 17 annual conferences that paid 100 percent of their general church apportionments. The presidents will present the bishops with the certificates during annual conference sessions.
Conferences that increased the number of chartered groups:
Virginia – 16 new charters
Mississippi 14 new charters
Alabama-West Florida – 12 new charters
Other conferences (in order of their increases):
West Virginia, Northern Illinois, Eastern Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Holston, Tennessee, Rocky Mountain, West Michigan, East Ohio, New England, Central Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Minnesota, West Ohio, New York, Baltimore-Washington, Wisconsin, Central Pennsylvania, Peninsula-Delaware, Kansas West, Yellowstone, Desert Southwest, Illinois Great Rivers, North Carolina, and California- Pacific.
Conferences that increased the number of EMS members
Baltimore-Washington – 54 new members
Louisiana – 48 new members
Detroit – 40 new members
Other conferences (in order of increases)
Alabama-West Florida, Mississippi, Southwest Texas, Northern Illinois, Indiana, North Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Northern New York, Illinois Great Rivers; Western North Carolina, Central Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, West Ohio, New York, Wisconsin, Greater New Jersey, Kansas East, East Ohio, California-Pacific, Nebraska, Holston, Tennessee, Central Pennsylvania, South Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, Kansas West, North Alabama, Florida, Desert Southwest, New Mexico, South Carolina, Rocky Mountain, Minnesota, West Virginia, Memphis, West Michigan, Peninsula-Delaware, Arkansas, North Texas, Oregon Idaho, California-Nevada, Rio Grande, Northwest Texas, Eastern Pennsylvania, Pacific Northwest.