Men can still get involved
By Allison Trussell
COLUMBIA—United Methodist men are running toward ministry in South Carolina, and many took the first step April 11.
More than 100 men gathered at Rehoboth United Methodist Church for the Bishop’s 100 Mighty Men of Faith and were challenged by Bishop Jonathan Holston and the Rev. Kathy James, director of Connectional Ministries.
“I need your help to make a difference in your community, in your local church and in your family,” Holston said.
Those who made the commitment to be a leader received tools and resources at the meeting.
Leadership contracts outlining four terms were handed out, and many of them were signed by the end of the day: Leadership is a decision that must be made. Leadership is an obligation; men must step up and be responsible. Leadership is hard work and can be tough. Leadership is a community connect.
Small groups of men discussed the qualities of leadership and how they came to be at Rehoboth on a bright Saturday.
By the end of the afternoon, men were taking pledges to commit to new and old ministries at their local churches. James encouraged participants to write their commitments on large sheets of paper scattered around the room.
“Stand up with a sense of power to do things in ways that have never been done before,” Holston challenged the men. “Have no fear and you’ll make a difference.”
Herman Lightsey, president of the South Carolina UMMen, thanked the men of Rehoboth for hosting the group and providing a wonderful meal.
Journey UMC’s Praise Team led opening worship.
While Lightsey was pleased with the turnout, he said people can still get involved. If you’re interested, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-622-1287.