Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry
Sunday, April 30, 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

Understanding Men’s Ministry - Intentional Discipleship:

April 25, 2017

Dear UMMen President,

Beginning May 17th we have a great opportunity for the men of your church, and possibly the church leadership, to explore the No Man Left Behind (NMLB) model of intentional discipleship.  While this model was designed specifically for men’s ministry it is an exceptional model for growing disciples and expanding the Kingdom of God.  Research shows that churches with an intentional plan for discipleship are growing churches.  Unfortunately, only about 5% of our churches have an intentional plan.

The model was developed by Man In The Mirror Ministries and is based on a foundation of discipleship and 3-strands of leadership.  Three-strands of leadership includes the pastor, a highly motivated leader (men’s fellowship president, council chair, event leader) and a support team of 2 or 3 individuals who share the vision.  For this reason, and because of some of the assignments involved, it is good for 3 to 5 individuals from the same church to take the course together.


The course. Understanding Men’s Ministry, is an advanced lay servant course and is approved for 1 CEU. The course will meet at St. Andrew’s UMC on Princess Anne Rd. in Virginia Beach for 4 3-hour sessions from 6-9 PM on May 17, 24, 31 and June 6.  Cost for the course is $12 which pays for the workbook.  All participants should obtain, and read, a copy of the book No Man Left Behind by Patrick Morley.  Copies of the book will be available when the class starts – but they can be purchased on line for less than I can charge. 

I sincerely hope you and your men’s fellowship leader – or perhaps your church council chair and/or lay leader, will consider joining us.  Please share this letter with your men’s fellowship leader.

You may register for the class by simply emailing me at: johnnie.draughon@cox.net.  I will be out of the country from May 6th to May 15th so I may not respond right away.  If you send me a registration you will be in the class.  (Probably even if you simply show up on the first night.)

In Christ’s service,

Johnnie Draughon
Elizabeth River District Team Leader, UMMen
Mens Ministry Specialist
5332 Balfor Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464



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












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