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Survey focuses on United Methodist men

Oct. 3, 2005

By Rich Peck*

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Do most men in the United Methodist Church believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, or do they believe it is the word of God to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the church’s teachings?

How much time do men spend in private devotional activities?

What type of music does a man prefer in worship?

How much does a man give to his congregation?

These and other questions are included in an online questionnaire developed by the churchwide Commission on United Methodist Men.

The commission is inviting all men who are members of the United Methodist Church to visit http://www.gcumm.org/ and click on “UMC Men’s Study - Individual” to answer 45 questions about their congregation, faith, involvement, history, family and theology.

The survey will enable researchers to tabulate demographic data with church activities, theological viewpoints and reasons for participating (or refusing to participate) in various groups.

The online survey is the second of two studies launched as the result of action taken by the 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. Delegates to the top legislative body of the 10 million-member denomination intended the study to help the commission “develop effective resources, respond to current needs, challenge long-held assumptions and develop effective strategies” for reaching men. The study committee will report its findings to the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Bishop William W. Morris

Last year, pastors and church leaders were asked to fill out a questionnaire about the participation of men in various church programs, study groups and activities. This year, the questionnaire is also online at http://www.gcumm.org/ (click on “Local Church Men’s Ministry Survey).

The two surveys will enable the Nashville-based commission to understand what programs, study groups and ministries are being offered by local churches, and how individual men think the churches are meeting their spiritual and emotional needs.

“The information from the two surveys will help the commission provide more relevant men’s ministry resources, training and strategies that increase the effectiveness of local churches with men,” said Bishop William W. Morris, the commission’s interim top staff executive. Survey results will also enable pastors and church leaders to understand the particular needs and interests of men.

Information about the surveys is available from the commission at (615) 340-7145 or  gcumm@gcumm.org


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