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4,000 expected at UMM gathering


Four thousand United Methodist Men are expected to attend their quadrennial gathering July 12-14 in Nashville, Tenn.

Speakers, workshops, mission projects, worship and music will be part of the event developed by the General Commission on United Methodist Men.

Major speakers will include:

  • Don Davis, former member of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. now serving as regional director of the NFL Players' Association;
  • Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson, president of the General Commission on United Methodist Men;
  • The Rev. Shane Bishop, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church. in Fairview Heights, Ill, a church that grew from 200 in 2009 to 1,000 in 2012; and
  • David Delk, president of Man in the Mirror Ministries, Orlando, Fla.

The event will open on Friday evening, July 12, and close on Sunday morning. The theme, "From the Inside Out," comes from the words of a song performed by Phil Stacey. A season six "American Idol" finalist, Stacey will be in concert on Saturday evening, July 13.

Workshops will look at 17 topics, including "Men's Health," "Faith Sharing," "What Women Wish Men Knew about Women and Spirituality," "Sexual Sanity and Addictions," "Freed up Financial," "When Twitter Meets Scripture" and "Conducting Prison Ministry."

The men will also sack 40,000 pounds of produce provided through the Society of Saint Andrew, package 100,000 Stop Hunger Now dehydrated food packets for emergency situations around the world, and build handcarts for people in Africa who have lost the use of their legs.

Complete information about the Gathering, including costs, registration and lodging, is available at

The Rev. J. Richard Peck, communication writer, General Commission on United Methodist Men, Nashville, Tenn.