Orlando, FL — United Methodist Men of Florida had a very visible presence at Florida Annual Conference 2017. In an effort to promote new leadership and a change in the direction of the ministry, UMM had two exhibit booths manned throughout the event by District Presidents Michael Maxwell (North East), Rich Gray (East Central), Chet Klinger (Gulf Central) and incoming Conference President, John Delaney.
UMM participated in the “Bridge Builders” Action Team service project where we were a designated vendor for conference guests to visit and receive information and an item to create back-to-school packs for children in need this fall. This brought a large amount of traffic to the UMM expo booth providing excellent exposure for the ministry.
On Thursday, June 8th, incoming UMM President, John Delaney, delivered a short but powerful message to those in attendance at the Laity Session. “We have a boy problem,” Delaney said, noting that 71 percent of young men in America who drop out of school and end up in the correctional system come from fatherless homes. “Men have the power to change these statistics. We were created to be disciples. So, guys, it’s time to man up.”
The response to his message was overwhelming, with many men visiting the UMM Expo booth to discuss getting their men’s ministries back on track.
Annual Conference 2017 is ushering in a long overdue change to the UMM Florida event model and program offerings. A new fall spiritual weekend was unveiled – Fall Expedition 2017 – “Man Cave Renovation,” as well as a single-day equipping event, the Igniting Men Conference, to be held 3 times per year on a rotating schedule throughout Florida Conference districts.
Watch for more details about these events and other plans as Florida’s United Methodist Men break with the past with a new generation of leadership and a new vision for discipling men.