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United Methodist Men will compete for top honors

The General Commission on United Methodist Men will honor the top 30 local churches that engage in ministries designed to transform the lives of men and youth.

Swanson says men need new Christian identity

by Rich Peck* NASHVILLE, Tenn.––“Men are in search of a new Christian identity.” That’s what Mississippi Area Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. told the General Commission on United Methodist Men, at the conclusion of their Sept. 6-7 meeting in Nashville. Serving as chair of the 20-member commission, Swanson said that men are seeking to find […]

United Methodists launch effort to expand scouting ministry

The General Commission on United Methodist Men, meeting Sept. 6-7 in Nashville, learned that there are 363,876 youth meeting in 10,868 BSA units sponsored by 6,700 United Methodist congregations, the second highest among all denominations. That number is likely to increase because of the presence of 234 scouting ministry specialists in 47 annual conferences and because Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson, chair of the commission, has written a letter to other active bishops encouraging them to hold Bishop’s Dinners for Scouting.

UM Men plan national gathering this summer

By J. Richard Peck, Special Contributor JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—United Methodist leaders expect 4,000 men to attend the 11th national gathering of United Methodist Men, this summer in Nashville. Meeting Jan. 7 in Jacksonville, the 22-member committee set final plans for the July 12-14 quadrennial meeting at Belmont University. Speakers for the gathering include Don Davis, former […]