United Methodist Men:
The 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline charges the General Commission on United Methodist Men with the “primary oversight for the coordination and resourcing of men’s ministry with The United Methodist Church.” (paragraph 2302) We are committed to ministering to men. The ministry of men in the local church is defined as a core group of men, partnering with their pastor, to invite and initiate spiritual growth opportunities for all men of the church. Everyone has different gifts, graces and areas of interest. Therefore, opportunities for participation would include diverse ministries of the church, such as prayer groups, missions, Bible studies, retreats, workshops/seminars, small groups in the Wesleyan tradition, leading and participating on committees, teaching Sunday school classes, youth ministries, scouting, mentoring and assisting in leading worship service. The focus is not inward, concentrating only on those who attend a set meeting, but outward to all men, assisting them to engage the process of spiritual growth.
Our mission is to support spiritual growth among men, helping men to mature as disciples as they encourage spiritual formation in others. Our goal is to empower the ministry of Jesus Christ through men within the congregations of the UMC. 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.
We host a Sweetheart Banquet, yearly, for Valentine’s Day. The banquet is open to all couples, single women, and widowed women. It is a candle-lit event that takes place in the Colvert Ministry Center, on the Sunday night closest to Valentine’s Day. We also prepare and serve the Thanksgiving meal for the Ardmore Soup Kitchen, every year. We have rotating teams to prepare the meal, serve, and clean.
United Methodist Men meet on the third Sunday of each month, generally. We meet in the Colvert Ministry Center, Room 133, from 6:00-8:00pm. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Wayne Laske at 580-223-6338.