Lutheran Men in Mission
The goals of Lutheran Men in Mission are to:
"Encourage one another and build each other up..." (1 Thess. 5:11)
Gather men throughout our congregations to pray for our pastors and church
Strengthen men's faith, relationships, and mission in their homes, churches, communities
Tear down the walls of culture, ethnicity, race and location that separate us.
The 2014 Lutheran Men in Mission Assembly/Gathering took place on July 17-20 in "Music City," Nashville, Tennessee, at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. The theme "Guys, Guts, and God’s Glory" was coined by the Women of the ELCA Advisor to the LMM Board, Betty Brandt. The "guys" numbered about 200 men, some of whom brought their wives and sons. The "guts" reflected the messages of the inspiration speakers providing basic steps to becoming bold, daring followers of Christ. The keynoter at the opening of the gathering, Rev. Tim Wright, focused on boys and young men whose testosterone-fueled activeness are often discouraged by society, resulting in suppression of their boldness as adults. "God’s Glory" permeated the entire weekend with robust praise in songs led by our Bishop Rimbo’s son’s musical group and dynamic preaching at daily worship services. Rev. Brenda Irving, Pastor of Prince of Peace in Cambria Heights, was there with her husband, Norman, as part of an ELCA Prayer & Revival Team providing a prayer ministry to the men. The Gathering was spiritually uplifting.
At the two-day Assembly that preceded the Gathering, President, Rich White (MD), and Vice-President Tim Crout (NC) were re-elected and new men filled the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. Five of the board members, including me, completed our two three-year terms, so I am no longer the Region 7 Representative on the board. My successor will be selected by the Executive Committee. The 2014-2017 Spending Plan and Ministry Plan were adopted. A major thrust of the Ministry Plan will be a "cradle to grave" men’s ministry.
While men’s ministry doesn’t seem to be a priority among pastors in Region7, as evidenced by lack of a single delegate from this region at the Assembly, LMM has sparked significant growth in many other regions. Over 80 men have attended the life-changing One Year To Live retreats and many of them had a great reunion at the Gathering. I was really impressed that, in response to a challenge grant of $25,000 by major donors, over $53,000 was collected at one offering during the Gathering. LMM is helping men to become better husbands, fathers, and role models for our youth. The next Assembly in 2017 will take place in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
A local note: One of our men’s ministry partners is Bill Pasierb, Regional Director of the Suffolk County Coalition for Men’s Discipleship, an affiliate of the non-denominational Man in the Mirror training establishment based in Florida. Its founder is the author of the bestseller, No Man Left Behind. Bill’s coalition will be hosting an 8-week seminar, starting on October 15, and invites men of all denominations to attend to learn how to become effective church leaders. He also needs our financial support for this important event. For more information, contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judge Dan Joy, Past President, MNYS LMM
You can help to build men's ministry by contributing in a variety of ways:
To the national Lutheran Men in Mission. Donate online here.
To the synod’s Lutheran Men in Mission. Contact email@example.com.
To long term strength. Have you considered "deferred giving?" Consider naming LMM as a beneficiary in your will or insurance policy, or create an annuity.