UNITED METHODIST MEN (Information)

 

 

United Methodist Men is the official organization for men in The United Methodist Church at

the local church, Annual Conference, and denominational levels. Among the purposes for

United Methodist Men are: (1) to involve men in a growing relationship to Jesus Christ and

His church; (2) to provide resources and support for programs of evangelism focused on the

needs of men; (3) to provide resources and programs in the area of stewardship; (4) to

provide models and support for Annual Conference and local church United Methodist Men

organizations.

 

General Conference approved the creation of the General Commission on United Methodist

Men, effective January 1, l997. The General Commission on United Methodist Men assumed the responsibilities of the formerDivision of United Methodist Men of the General Board of Discipleship.

 

United Methodist Menís units are chartered for all the same reasons that a local church is chartered as a United Methodist church, (making its annual contributions to the general church through World Service and Conference Benevolences).

 

DENVER, (UMNS) -- The longstanding dream of United Methodist Men to have an independent agency to advocate their concerns became reality when the 1996 General Conference voted April 24 to create a churchwide Commission on UnitedMethodist Men Accountable to the General Council on Ministries, the new commission will oversee the coordination and resources for men's ministries within The United Methodist Church. It will continue to coordinate the church's scouting ministries and to support the denomination's telephone prayer ministry through Upper Room.By contrasts, local units of United Methodist Women, by only 70 votes, escaped becoming an option for United Methodist congregations.Currently, congregations are required to have a United Methodist Women's unit..

 

"United Methodist Men have dreamed and worked diligently for many years to achieve a level of ownership of their ministrywithin the church that will allow them to fully express that faith and their gifts,"

 

The United Methodist Men's organization is currently a program unit of the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tenn.

 

United Methodist Men, formerly part of the denomination's Board of Discipleship here, was established

as a separate entity by the 1996 General Conference, top legislative body of the church. It oversees

the coordination and resources for men's ministries within the denomination.

 

'New' United Methodist Men organized -- 9/26/96

 

United Methodist News Service

NASHVILLE -- Bishop Ray Owen (San Antonio Area) was elected president of the new 23-member General Commission on United

Methodist Men at its organizational meeting Sept. 13-15.

Methodist Men organization to become independent of its parent body, the churchwide Board of Discipleship.

Beginning Jan. 1, 1997, the commission will be accountable to the General Council on Ministries. The new agency will coordinate program and resources for men's ministries within the denomination.

Bishop Owen challenged commission members to "re-image" the organization that he said is most often identified with building projects and with meeting-eating groups.

Bishop Owen urged the commission to make UMM "visible, viable and effective" in the local church.

 

FOLLOWING FROM THE UMC BOOK OF DISCIPLINE:

 

265. United Methodist Men--Each church or charge shall have an organized unit of United Methodist Men chartered and annually

recertified through the General Board of Discipleship to provide another channel for involving men in the total ministry of the Church.

 

1. Resources for organization and implementation of the ministry of men at the local Church, district, conference, and jurisdictional levels

shall be provided by the General Board of Discipleship.

 

2. United Methodist Men shall be a creative supportive fellowship of men who seek to know Jesus Christ, to grow spiritually, and to seek

daily his will. Its primary purpose is to declare the centrality of Christ in the lives of men and in all their relationships. The major concerns

are:

 

a) To encourage knowledge of and support for the total mission of The United Methodist Church.

 

b) To engage in evangelism by sharing the fullness of the gospel in its personal and social dimensions.

 

c) To clarify and speak to the identity and role of the man in contemporary society.

 

d) To seek commitment to discipleship.

 

e) To study and become familiar with The United Methodist Church, its organization, doctrines, and belief.

 

f) To cooperate with all units of United Methodist Men in obtaining these objectives through district, conference, and churchwide goals.

 

3. Men seeking membership in a local unit of United Methodist Men will be asked to subscribe to the major concerns listed in [014]2 above

and to these personal objectives:

 

a) To engage daily in Bible study and prayer.

 

b) To bear witness to Christ's way in daily work and in all personal contacts through words and actions.

 

c) To engage in Christian service.

 

4. Units of United Methodist Men may be formed in clusters and in other groupings of local Churches as needed.

 

5. The duly appointed pastor(s) of the church shall be ex officio member(s) of the unit and its executive committee.

 

635. Committee on United Methodist Men--In each jurisdiction there shall be a Jurisdictional Committee on United Methodist Men,

auxiliary to the United Methodist Men's Division of the General Board of Discipleship.

 

The membership of the jurisdictional committee on United Methodist Men shall be composed of the elected officers, committee

chairpersons, and ministry coordinators as defined by the organizations' bylaws as well as the conference president of United Methodist

Men of each annual conference organization within the boundary of the jurisdiction.

 

Each jurisdictional committee on United Methodist Men shall have authority to promote its work in accordance with the policies and

programs of the Men's Division.

 

The jurisdictional committee on United Methodist Men shall elect the jurisdictional president during the last year of the quadrennium. The

jurisdictional president or, because of the inability of the president to serve, another elected by and from the jurisdictional committee of

United Methodist Men shall be a member of the General Board of Discipleship (see 1204.1).

 

There may be meetings, retreats, and cooperative training events held by the jurisdictional committee on United Methodist Men.

 

744. United Methodist Men--Constitution of United Methodist Men in the Conference--Article 1. Name--In each annual conference

there shall be a conference organization named United Methodist Men, auxiliary to the jurisdictional Committee on United Methodist Men

and to the United Methodist Men's Division of the General Board of Discipleship.

 

Article 2. Function--The function of the conference organization of United Methodist Men shall be to work with the district organizations

and the local units of United Methodist Men in developing programs to meet the needs and interests of men and the concerns and

responsibilities of discipleship; to assist in personal witness and evangelism; to enable outreach in individual and group mission and ministry;

to encourage and support spiritual growth and faith development; and to promote the objectives and responsibilities of the Men's Division.

 

Article 3. Authority--Each conference organization of United Methodist Men shall have the authority to promote its work in accordance

with the plans, responsibilities, and policies of the United Methodist Men's Division of the General Board of Discipleship.

 

Article 4. Membership--The conference organization of United Methodist Men shall be composed of all members of local units (chartered

or unchartered) within the bounds of the conference.

 

Article 5. Officers and Committees--a) The conference organization shall elect a president, at least one vice-president, a secretary, and a

treasurer.

 

b) The resident bishop shall serve as the honorary president and be a member of the conference organization and its executive committee.

 

c) Additional officers (including scouting coordinator) and committees shall be elected or appointed in accordance with the guidelines of the

Men's Division and/or the bylaws of the conference organization of United Methodist Men.

 

Article 6. Meetings and Elections--a) There shall be an annual meeting of the conference organization of United Methodist Men at which

time there shall be presented an annual report and a program plan designed to meet the needs of the men of the conference. Officers and

committees shall be elected in accordance with the requirements of the organization's bylaws.

 

b) The voting body of the annual meeting of the conference shall be determined by the organization's bylaws but shall include conference

and district officers and committee chairpersons as determined, members of the Men's Division, and members of the jurisdictional

Committee on United Methodist Men residing within the bounds of the conference.

 

Article 7. Relationships--a) The president of the conference organization of United Methodist Men is a member of the annual conference,

as set forth in 35.

 

b) The president of the conference organization of United Methodist Men shall represent the conference organization on the jurisdictional

Committee on United Methodist Men. In the absence of the president a designated vice-president may represent the conference

organization.

 

c) Designated officers or members shall represent the conference organization on the various agencies, councils, commissions, and

committees of the conference as the constitutions and bylaws of such agencies provide.

 

d) The conference organization shall encourage men to participate in the total life and work of the Church, and shall support them in

assuming positions of responsibility, leadership, and daily discipleship.

 

Article 8. Amendments--Proposed amendments to this constitution may be sent to the recording secretary of the Men's Division prior to the

last annual meeting of the division in the quadrennium.

 

761. United Methodist Men--Constitution of United Methodist Men in the District--Article 1. Name--In each district there shall be a

district organization named United Methodist Men, auxiliary in the conference organization of United Methodist Men and the United

Methodist Men's Division of the General Board of Discipleship.

 

Article 2. Responsibilities--The responsibilities of the district organization of United Methodist Men shall be to work with local units of

United Methodist Men in developing programs to meet the needs and interests of men and the concerns and responsibilities of daily

discipleship; to assist in personal witness and evangelism; to enable outreach in individual and group mission and ministry; to encourage and

support spiritual growth and faith development; and to promote the objectives and responsibilities of the Men's Division and the conference

organization. The district organization shall also encourage and promote the chartering and annual recertification of local units through the

United Methodist Men's Division of the General Board of Discipleship.

 

Article 3. Authority--Each district organization of United Methodist Men shall have the authority to promote its work in accordance with the

plans, responsibilities, and policies of the conference organization and the Men's Division of the General Board of Discipleship.

 

Article 4. Membership--All members of organized units (chartered and unchartered) of United Methodist Men in the local Churches of the

district shall be considered members of the district organization. The district superintendent shall be a member of the district organization and

of its executive committee.

 

Article 5. Officers and Committees--a) The district organization shall elect a president, at least one vice-president, a secretary, and a

treasurer. b) Additional officers (including scouting coordinator) and committees shall be elected or appointed in accordance with the

guidelines of the Men's Division and/or the bylaws of the district organization of United Methodist Men.

 

Article 6. Meetings and Elections--There shall be an annual meeting of the district organization of United Methodist Men at which time

there shall be presented an annual report as well as a program plan designed to meet the needs of the men of the district. Officers and

committees shall be elected in accordance with the requirements of the organization's bylaws.

 

Article 7. Relationships--a) Designated officers or members shall represent the district organization of United Methodist Men on the

various boards, councils, commissions, and committees of the district as the constitution and bylaws of such agencies provide. b) The district

president shall be a member of the conference executive committee. c) The district organization shall encourage men to participate in the

total life and work of the Church, and shall support them in assuming positions of leadership, and daily discipleship.

 

Article 8. Amendments--Proposed amendments to this constitution may be sent to the recording secretary of the United Methodist Men's

Division of the General Board of Discipleship prior to the last annual meeting of the division in the quadrennium.

 

1223. United Methodist Men's Division. Responsibilities-- The responsibilities of the United Methodist Men's Division shall be to have

primary oversight for the coordination and resourcing of men's work within The United Methodist Church.

 

1. To provide resources and support services to foster the development of units of United Methodist Men.

 

a) Provide specific and optional models for these organizations.

 

b) Receive recommendations from the National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men, and other national

organizations representing the central conferences and other worldwide Methodist liaisons.

 

c) Promote the chartering and annual recertification of local Church men's units with the General Board of Discipleship.

 

d) Establish models for jurisdictional, annual conference, and district level organizations for the purpose of carrying out the objectives as set

out in 265.

 

2. To seek methods for involving men in a growing relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ and his church.

 

a) Provide resources and support for programs of evangelism in cooperation with the area of evangelism which are geared to men's needs.

To assist men to discover that witness is an integral part of daily life in the work place, the community, the parish, and the home.

 

b) Provide resources and support for programs of mission in cooperation with all areas of the Church dealing with missional opportunities

enabling men for outreach and service as an integral part of their Christian servanthood.

 

c) Provide resources and support for programs of spiritual life in cooperation with areas of faith development to assist men to realize that

witness and outreach, mission and ministry, are extensions of their faith development and their relationship to God through Jesus Christ.

 

d) Provide resources and support for programs of stewardship in cooperation with the area of stewardship which will lead men to an

understanding of their responsibility for stewardship, including time, talent, money, and prayer.

 

e) Seek resources and support for men as husbands and fathers in a rapidly changing society.

 

f) Continue in a constant search for new and better ways for The United Methodist Church to minister to and through men.

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