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Mandarin’s men’s ministry is one of the largest, most-active men’s ministries in all of Methodism. We were recently awarded by the General Commission of United Methodist Men as the most vital UMM ministry in the Southeastern United States out of over 15,000 United Methodist Churches and second most vital out of 32,000 United Methodist Churches worldwide. Last year our United Methodist Men’s charter gave $38,000+ to local ministries and charities that our men are actively involved in. Our men have voted unanimously our United Methodist Men’s charter must do everything possible to strengthen the local men’s ministries throughout United Methodist Churches in the Northeast District and the Florida Conference. 300+ active men strong are striving to be a flagship UMM’s ministry by honoring God with God-sized plans! To be successful it is takes every man to step up at Mandarin…and WE DO! We break down our ministry into 3 necessary parts: fellowship, service and spiritual growth. Here is our story:

FELLOWSHIP:

We enjoy our fellowship with each other whether it is small, informal gatherings or larger, more organized events such as the MUMM Golf Tournament for Missions, softball teams, Family Night at the Ball Park (Suns Game), Men’s Annual Low Country Boil & Oyster Roast and Men’s Annual Steak ‘N’ Spud Night.

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SERVICE:

We enjoy serving Jesus Christ though our Church, the Mandarin community, and the city of Jacksonville in a wide variety of ways including our 40-Year Christmas Tree Ministry, All Pro Dad, Mandarin Food Bank, Tool Belts United, Trinity Freedom Farm LifeSkills seminar, Parking Lot Ministry, Easter Pancake Breakfast for the Church and community and Promotion Sunday Back-To-School School Supply Drive and Spaghetti Lunch Drive coordinated with UMW

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SPIRITUAL GROWTH:

We offer weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual opportunities for spiritual growth for men to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ including: Annual UMM Conference Retreat in Leesburg where MUMC has sent more men annually than any other UMM in Florida for the last 5 years. On a weekly basis we have Small Accountability Groups, Wednesday morning Men’s Bible Study and Prayer Group, as well as breakfast groups with devotions in local restaurants. We also have men’s ministry training classes.

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What our pastors have to say about Mandarin United Methodist Men:

Debbie McLeod: United Methodist Men have been one of the highlights of my first seven years at Mandarin UMC.  I have served four churches, as pastor, and two districts, as superintendent, and I have never seen a more vital men’s ministry than Mandarin, Jacksonville. When churches are growing, they invite men to teach, cook, fix things, coach and lead. Sometimes a man who is new to faith needs to hold a hammer, a frying pan or a dish cloth before he is ready to teach the Bible or lead a committee. We disciple men through doing stuff.”

Jeff St Clair: ” The Mandarin United Methodist Men continue to inspire, nurture and serve others in ways I believe God desires! My teenage son and I are thankful to be a part of The Mandarin United Methodist Men!”

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For more information or to find out how to get involved, please call our Mandarin UMM President Rick Thomas at (904) 571-1821 or email him at rickie.thomas@comcast.net.

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