The mission of UMM is “Helping Men Grow In Christ, So Others May Know Christ.” In a word, that’s discipleship. Over the past two years we have worked diligently to return UMM Florida to those roots – bringing change where needed, building new connections among men, and delivering the love of Jesus Christ to men through new programs and events. While UMM has lost a presence in many Florida UM churches because of the decline in men attending church services, we are beginning to connect with unchurched younger men through excellent resources and new partnerships that offer leadership training and mission opportunities throughout Florida.
UMM Florida offers access to the “Lead Like Jesus” program and we have partnered with the Orlando, Florida based Man in the Mirror ministry to provide a program called “No Man Left Behind.” The program is designed to help churches build and sustain a thriving disciple-making ministry for every man in your church. We offer both of these programs through our Central Florida based UMM trainer, who is also a deployed staff member from the General Commission on United Methodist Men. Connecting men to these programs helps them grow in the knowledge of Christ and causes change through their growth and of those around them.
A significant move of the Holy Spirit has been seen over the past two years as the new vision of UMM Florida gains roots in local churches and communities. We have built new connections to men re-entering society after incarceration. We have seen several UMM leaders step up into deeper participation with the Kairos Prison Ministry. We are beginning to see the lives of younger men through training on sexual integrity, and being better husbands & fathers.
We will expand our event-based ministry to include a partnership with Lakeland, FL based Wingman Men’s Ministry, providing a new model for men’s ministry designed to attract younger men while still retaining appeal to men 55+. The events are designed to get the men motivated to lead when returning to their church homes where they will participate in ongoing biblical-based studies throughout the year. We have also created a yearly “Game-Plan” for local church men’s groups to plan their year and to keep track of results throughout the year.