Celebrating 100 Years of Men’s Ministry

Celebrating 100 Years of Men’s Ministry (1908-2008) President’s Report – 2008 Annual Conference
The United Methodist Men of the Tennessee Conference have a rich heritage and we can be proud of our many accomplishments through the years. In 2008, the men of the United Methodist Church will reach a new milestone as we will be celebrating over 100 years of men’s ministry in the church. Where other men’s ministries have come and gone over the years, UMM have been steadfast, affecting the lives of men all around the world. The Tennessee UMM are proud to be part of this achievement and celebration. The General Commission has produced a video on our 100th Anniversary Year that we encourage you to share with your congregations. This video will also be shown at the 2008 General Conference. There is an anniversary calendar with suggestions for monthly observances during the year so please sit down with your pastor to discuss the possibilities. Plans are already underway for the 10th National Gathering, formerly called UMMen Congress, that will be held in Nashville on the campus of Belmont University. We are expecting nearly 6,000 men from all over the world to converge on our city for this international meeting of the UMM. Our local men will serve as the “host” conference and thereby play a significant role in helping to coordinate the many activities being offered. The dates are July 10-12, 2009. At the Conference level, we are currently planning a Men’s 2008 Conference “Men Empowering Men” to be held on Saturday October 11, 2008 at the Fellowship UMC in Murfreesboro, TN. Our featured speaker will be Rev. David Adams, General Secretary of the Commission of United Methodist Men. All men of the church are invited to come and enjoy this time of fellowship, special music, workshops, and outstanding leaders as they led us on a spiritual revival of the Tennessee Conference UMM.

Four quadrennial jurisdictional retreats were held in 2007 impacting many men and young boys in the name of Christ. These UMM retreats took place in the Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania (NEJ), St Louis , Missouri (NCJ/SCJ), Tacoma, Washington (WJ), and Lake Junaluska, North Carolina (SEJ). The focus is to teach and mentor men how to be disciples, encouraging them to be men of faith through evangelism, mission, and spiritual witness. The General Commission of United Men (GCUMM) moved into new offices on Nashville’s Music Row in 2006. The following are a few examples of the spiritual renewal being experienced under the leadership of the GCUMM staff headed by Rev. David Adams. *The agency pays the phone bill for the Upper Room Prayer Line which receives some 36,000 calls each month. UMMen groups from all over the nation help staff this remote prayer line at their churches and retreats. *Last year, UMMen and Big Brothers/Big Sisters joined in a partnership called AMACHI that links men and women with youth whose parents are incarcerated. Many conferences, including Tennessee, are already participating in this much needed ministry. *The commission raised funds to help revise and publish a World War II book of daily devotions (Strength for Service) that has been distributed to over 300,000 men and women serving in our armed forces. *The agency helps fund the “Hope of Hearing” project in which over 1,000 Haitian children have received hearing aids. Over 500 kids have benefited in the last four years alone. *The commission coordinates Scouting Ministries in 8,000 United Methodist Churches, touching the lives of 373,000+ young people. *UMM are encouraged to participate in a training experience called “Letters from Dad” that allows men to write letters to their wives, children, or other family members. Over 6,000 men have already participated in the program. *The agency coordinates “No Man Left Behind” leadership training conferences in cooperation with the Orlando, Floridabased Man in the Mirror Ministries, led by Patrick Morley. These

leadership workshops are being scheduled all across the nation now to help men become more effective spiritual leaders within the church. *In cooperation with Building Brothers, a Littleton, Colorado based ministry founded by Dan Schaffer, the agency established a “Wesleyan Band of Brothers” program and training that enables men to become spiritual fathers to other men. *The commission works with the Society of Saint Andrew (SOSA) to recruit over 5,000 volunteers annually to help harvest more than 2 million pounds of food to feed America’s hungry. Their efforts raised over $200,000 for the Meals for Millions program sponsored by SOSA, a national affiliate of the GCUMM. As you can see, UMM are making a difference across the country – a big difference! These are just a few of the many ministries that are being promoted and actively utilized by UMM. Others include: Legacy Builders, Habitat for Humanity, Bowl-A-Thons, Room in the Inn, and potato drops. UMM in our conference help conduct training sessions for conference and district leaders. These men are helping local congregations become more effective in reaching men and growing them spiritually. This is the year to celebrate our past and plan for the future. It begins with each of you. The next 100 years promises to be hopeful and bright as we share with others about Jesus Christ -the way, the truth, and the life. I challenge each of you to inspire men to reach for a high calling of spiritual fatherhood. May the Lord strengthen you and your family this year as we work together for His glory. Ingram Howard, President United Methodist Men of the Tennessee Conference