A Moment for Mission
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2, NRSV
On Men’s Ministry Sunday, we celebrate the good examples of men who honor us with their service, especially through the church. Each congregation determines the date for its observance.
The mission of the General Commission on United Methodist Men is to “help men grow in Christ, so others may know Christ.” Because your church pays its World Service apportionment, outreach and resources provided by servant/leaders in men’s ministry fulfill that mission.
The way a person closes a letter gives great insight. Gil Hanke, top executive at United Methodist Men, signs, “Striving to be His Servant.”
“Can we lose everything on purpose so we gain everything as a servant?” he asks.
Servant. No better word describes those involved in men’s ministry.
Simply flip through the pages of one of their quarterly magazines, and glimpse agency priorities and involvement. Read articles such as “Prevent cyberbullying,” “Local church honors first responders” and “For what are you willing to die?”
Men in ministry share their experience and availability with congregations and communities, and remain relevant and involved in issues and needs outside church doors. They are United Methodist ambassadors for good deeds and strong faith.
In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
God bless our United Methodist Men.
Loving God, bless those who take time for us. Bless servants who set an example by living your lessons and inspiring us to serve you more faithfully. Amen.
From Discipleship Ministries: Third Sunday of Advent - Generous God, we thank you for bringing us to this season of faith, hope, and love. As we look at our lives, we see evidence of the countless ways that you have provided for our needs. Let gratitude well up in our hearts and overflow in generosity to others. Draw us outward to see ways that we can joyfully share what you have given. Let our acts of kindness as a church bear good fruit in the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Luke 3:7-18)
In The United Methodist Church, men play an active role and change lives. We know them by the example they set. Their ministry may be as important as rallying resources for disaster relief and as necessary as folding church bulletins. The goal of United Methodist Men is to model Christ in everything they do.
Mentoring is one of their most important missions.
When Caleb lost his job, started smoking pot and spent a summer in juvenile jail, his father was not available.
“My dad was done with me,” the 17-year-old said.
Although Caleb’s family rarely attended church, a retired teacher active in United Methodist men’s ministry in Duluth, Minn., became the teen’s mentor.
“It wasn’t like he preached to me or anything,” the teen said. “I just thought he was a cool guy. I wanted to be like him.”
“To help men grow in Christ, so others may know Christ.” Mission accomplished. Our church’s commitment to the World Service Fund helps ministries like United Methodist Men do God’s work.