United Methodist Men

Elizabeth River District
General Commission

The primary purpose of the United Methodist Men is to declare the centrality of Christ in the lives of men and in all their relationships. Accordingly, the Virginia Conference United Methodists Men's Cabinet works with the local church men's groups, and other district organizations, in developing programs to meet the needs and interests of men of all ages.

The annual Spiritual Retreat is at the very center of United Methodist Men growing with Christ. The retreat is held at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly center in Blackstone, Virginia. Beginning on the first Friday in November, the weekend is filled with worship, singing and abounding fellowship, all building blocks for renewed spiritual energy that helps carry men through the demands and temptations of daily living.

The Wesley Chapel United Methodist Men prepares breakfast meetings in which different mission projects are accomplished every month at the church. All men are welcome to join and become active in the projects and activities of the group.

The United Methodist Church is the largest sponsor of Scouting units in the United States, and is a ministry of the General Commission on United Methodist Men. Accordingly, United Methodist Men's groups provide primary sponsorship in the local church for Scouting Ministries that includes Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts, and Venture Crews.

A wondrous story, as told in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, notes that as Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men," United Methodist Men tell of God's Good News, for they, too, are fishers of men.