From Old Testament times to today, men gather to discuss their faith journeys and find meaning, hope and healing. Small group ministry was an essential element of the Wesleyan movement in England and in “the colonies.” Men’s ministry was formally endorsed in the 1908 General Conference, with the introduction of the General Commission on United Methodist Men in 1996. The United Methodist Men’s ministry program is nationally recognized as the largest and most organized in the U.S.
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
To declare the centrality of Christ in every man’s life. This is expressed as all men engage in daily Bible Study, witness to Christ in daily work and relationships, and intentional Christian service to others. We want men to know Christ so others may know Christ.
RESOURCING AND CONNECTION TO LOCAL, DISTRICT & CONFERENCE MEN:
The General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) acts as a clearinghouse of effective materials, consistent with the theology of the United Methodist Church (UMC), in a variety of formats. Staff and volunteers are also available to resource local, district and conference events in workshop and/or worship formats. Staff are available by phone or email to answer questions and assist in problem solving and program development. Resources are available at http://www.gcumm.org/, in packets mailed in the fall of each year to chartered units, and on request by contacting our staff.
YOUTH SERVING AGENCIES: GCUMM has formal partnership agreements with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), Camp Fire USA, 4-H, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS). The UMC is a leader in sponsoring BSA and GSUSA programs in the US. The Amachi mentoring model, through our partnership with BBBS, provides United Methodist men opportunities to mentor children who have one or both parents in prison under the BBBS Amachi program.We provide or coordinate training and resources to groups across the US from each of these youth-serving agencies. We partner with the United Methodist Men Foundation and the National Association of UM Scouters to provide Bibles for Scouts attending Philmont Scout Ranch, the National BSA Jamboree, and other high adventure sites.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH: We believe in Wesleyan discipleship and that one essential element is an ongoing, on-growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We have effective resource materials and partnerships with other agencies inside and outside the UMC to enhance spiritual development. These include Walk to Emmaus, The Upper Room Prayer Ministry, Wesleyan Building Brothers, Letters from Dad, and Man in the Mirror.
MISSIONS AND OUTREACH: The other essential element of Wesleyan discipleship involves intentional Christian action through acts of mercy, peace, and justice in our community and around the world. Our staff and our partners are resources for creating opportunities for an individual or group to engage the world in Christian action. Some of those parners include: the Society of St. Andrew, Stop Hunger Now, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), and a variety of local, national and international mission projects.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Much of the work of the GCUMM develops principled Christian leaders. We are available to train leaders in traditional UMM groups at the local, district or annual conference level. We also train small group leaders that are outgrowths of some of our newer ministry partners. Formal certification is available through the GCUMM and the Turner Center for Church Leadership and Congregational Development at Vanderbilt University in the areas of Men’s Ministry Specialist and Scouting Ministry Specialist.
FUNDING OF OUR MINISTRIES
The GCUMM raises between 73-76% of its annual budget. Our goal is to raise all the funds we use in our US ministries, and use World Service Funds for ministries outside the U.S. Funds come to us from individuals who choose to participate through monthly or yearly gifts (Legacy Builders or Circuit Riders Society), through gifts to the UMM Foundation (John Wesley Fellows, Life Members, major gifts and the establishment of endowments), and from local churches who have chartered men’s ministry groups (as required by the Book of Discipline). We also receive gifts and grants from other sources.
A PLACE FOR YOU
We want you to be involved in a dynamic, growing and challenging men’s ministry within your local congregation. Men’s ministry has the greatest potential to revive the United Methodist. Please join us. Please use the staff and volunteers of the GCUMM to move into a disciple making men’s ministry. Call or email us today. We are to serve God, and you, trhough your local congregation.
Our Identity, Call, and Mission
UM Men are committed to the spiritual growth of men, who expedence God’s transforming power in their lives, and pass on their faith to live and grow in others.
Men growing in Christ, So others may know Christ.
Our Primary Mission is to help men mature as disciples of Jesus Christ so they may encourage spiritual formation in others.
Our Goal is to empower the ministry of Jesus Christ through men within and beyond United Methodist congregations.
Our Pathway is a lifelong commitment to spiritual growth to maturity as Christ followers. Our spiritual formation is marked by spiritual reproduction, as our faith passes on in others. Spiritual reproduction is the foundation of evangelism.
We hold these essential precepts and values:
- Men lead others best by modeling Jesus Christ in thoughts, words and deeds – “Follow me, as I follow Christ” is the call offered by godly leaders.
- As the faith of mature disciples passes onto others, the spiritual life cycle is completed.
- We trust and employ core Wesleyan principles working within small groups, transforming men’s hearts through a growing relationship with God and others.
- We desire to become effective spiritual leaders in our homes and congregations, working as partners with our spouses, pastors and congregational leaders.
- We strive to help our congregations become vital and alive with spiritually growing men.
- Everything desired from and through men comes as a result of men growing spiritually and maturing as disciples: family blessings, stewardship, service, outreach, prayer, spiritual leadership, evangelism, and faithful obedience. Men are foundational to the life and health of the church.
- When a man lives daily in surrendered faith, God is honored and many lives are blessed. Transformed hearts are forged only within Christ-centered lives – nothing less is our acceptable offering; nothing less truly reveals Christ.
The mission of the General Commission on UM Men is to assist men to know Jesus Christ, to serve him, to grow spiritually and seek daily to do his will. Our mission is captured within our motto:
“Men growing in Christ, so others may know Christ.”