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Will we use what we have created?


By Dr. Rick Vance


The other day I was looking at some articles I had filed away. One of the articles spoke of a tall hotel that had never been used.

“At 1,080 feet, North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang is the tallest unoccupied building in the world, according to Guinness World Records. The 105-story ‘Hotel of Doom,’ which is also North Korea's tallest building, has never hosted a single guest…”


As I looked at that unoccupied hotel, I wondered how often we plan, train for, and build ministry only to move to the next thing without living out the ministry we developed.


How many opportunities for ministry go unused?


It is essential that we develop life-changing ministries, but it’s also essential that these ministries be used.


Our website contains scores of videos, material, and training opportunities, but many of them are unused.


It doesn’t much matter how good the training opportunities are if they are never taken off the shelf.


It doesn’t much matter how inspiriting the videos are if they are never viewed.


It doesn’t much matter helpful an article is if it is never read.


Please visit the resource section of the commission’s website


Everything we do in men’s ministry must be evaluated for its impact on making disciples, coaching men to thrive, and supporting a process that enables deeper relationships for men with God and other men.


James 1:22 reminds us “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”


May we allow ourselves to be equipped and go out to share Christ with the world.


The Rev. Dr. Rick Vance, director of the Center for Men’s Ministries

General Commission on UM Men



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