Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry
Friday, March 24, 2017
Ministering To Men Along The Elizabeth River
  Welcome to the website of the Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry
The adopted theme of the Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry is: "Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only" (James 1:22 - KJV).
The function of the Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry is:
  • to develop programs which meet the needs and interests of men and the 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


The 12th National Gathering of men will be held in Indianapolis, IN July 7-8, 2017.  I know that Andrew Kissell, Conference President, and myself as your district team leader will be attending.  Our plan is to include the trip to Indianapolis as the first 3 days of our family vacations.  If you are planning to attend I need for you to provide me with 2 bits of information by the 24th of March:  (This is the conference that was held at Purdue University for the first 9 gatherings and the last 2 have been at Belmont University in Nashville))


1.       Will you be attending and how many people will be attending with you?  For example: my wife will be joining me at the conference so we will be 2.

2.       If you are planning to attend would you be interested in participating with a group on a bus from the Virginia Conference?


My email address is: johnnie.draughon@cox.net





2-[more] Secrets of Life: 

Visioning and Goal-setting








Want to get untangled from the puzzle?
You can, on Saturday, March 25.  

How often have you thought your church should do more to serve the Lord? It's a good bet that on more than one occasion you've said to yourself ... "We do so much in our church that we become overwhelmed.

"Does it sometimes seem that we live in a world that either leaves us

wanting to do more, or feeling overburdened? Somehow, we have to untangle our lives from that worldly puzzle.


With that in mind, think back when you read about the Conference United Methodist Men's Cabinet embarked on an  ambitious process of visioning and goal setting that was made-to-order for men at 

the local church level and their district leaders,in which to participate. Before launching that process, a clear vision was required to determine where Virginia's UMMen needed to be and how to get there, wherever "there" is.

Establishing a vision is somewhat like rock climbing. Just telling you how to do it doesn't help much, but telling-and-showing makes a big difference. That's why by giving you an opportunity to learn the how-to of visioning and setting goals will prove to be the linchpin to Envisioning Christ's Kingdom will take you beyond good deeds alone, and keep you moving on the pathway of discipleship. Sound interesting? Then go for it!

On Saturday, March 25, at the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen, you'll receive encouragement, resources and practical help on Envisioning Christ's Kingdom from an experienced team of work-shop leaders. There, you'll learn how to climb higher with a vision, and goals, that will help you get to where you need to be.

Please reserve your, and your pastor's spots soon to be alongside many other Virginia men who want to climb higher. Seating is limited so registration is required.

In Christ,

Dann Ladd

Vice President of Membership Development






Grilling For God

Heart Havens Advocate
We need a man to coordinate the maintenance and repair activities at both the McLeigh-Holland and Taylor homes in the Elizabeth River District. Ideally we’d like to have a rep for each home. Several Elizabeth River District churches regularly do repairs, maintenance and yard work at the homes, including Christ, Courthouse Community, Community, Oak Grove, Thalia and Great Bridge (just to name a few).  Although a rep from one of these churches would be a good fit, any Church from the District can provide a servant leader to fill this position.  Duties would be to coordinate the efforts of all District churches to ensure cooperation and teamwork and to serve as a liaison between UMM, Heart Havens, and the home’s staff.  These efforts would entail no more than 1-2 hours a week. Home repair experience is not necessary, just a willingness to serve and learn. 
As you may already know, most of the funds to keep up the homes comes from the fellowships.  The District and Conference have no fundraisers or a  budget to support them, nor any of the other ministries we support.  That’s why the labor and materials for minor repairs comes from the fellowships.  For larger expenditures the Heart Havens organization either reimburses the fellowships for materials or contracts for the services.  That’s why our support is so critical.  We save thousands of dollars each year in labor by doing work ourselves to take care of our Heart Havens Homes.  And our residents deserve to live in a comfortable, functional house that they can call home.
Please ask one of your men personally to consider serving in this capacity.  Heart Havens is one of our main missions and certainly our number one service commitment as Methodist men.   Personal contact is critical since we have already canvassed the District by e-mails and notices.  Presidents, if you know a man who is looking for spiritual growth, who wants to make a difference, wants to participate in worthwhile service or is ready to answer God’s call, I ask that you approach that man, and tell him you think he would be well suited for this job. Then, ask him to prayerfully consider it, and contact me or our Team Leader, Albert Weal, to step out in faith.  Albert, Jeff Hall (our Conference president), or I will then be more than happy to show our new advocate the ropes at each of the homes and introduce him to the key members of the Heart Havens Team.  I trust that if we ask, we shall receive! From Matthew 25:40,  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Andrew Kissell

          WHY DO WE CHARTER?
UMM along with the UMC is a connectional organization that depends on relationships to grow and prosper spiritually.  The UMM receive no other centralized funds.  So except for those fellowships that charter, donate directly or individuals who participate as Every Man Shares (EMS) members, there is no means of support.   This is more a matter of Discipleship than funding.  Although stewardship is integral to growing as a disciple, our purpose is not raising money, but raising spiritual sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.  UMM is dedicated to helping us grow spiritually and to help other men do the same through a growing relationship with God through Christ.  We do that through our own relationships with each other.  If you currently meet as a men’s fellowship and are not chartered please prayerfully consider doing so.  If you are not meeting and would like help in forming or reforming a men’s fellowship, contact your Sub-district Coordinator or myself so we can discuss options and enlist local or National expert resources as appropriate.   And, by the way, those expert resources have been developed through our connections with the UMM Body as a whole.
In His Service,
Andrew Kissell
Elizabeth River District UMM Team Leader