Introduction

Ministry and Mission Projects in our Conference

Men’s groups in many of our churches are involved with ministry and mission outreach projects and we would like to recognize those efforts here.

The UMM conference office is interested in knowing of projects conducted by local church men’s groups throughout the conference. If your group is involved with ministry or mission work please let our conference office know about them. We would like to identify those projects on our webpage and possibly in other materials for other men’s groups to get ideas for starting their own projects. We have many partnerships with mission work organizations and we would like to see our men’s groups either partner with them or pursue their own community projects.

We can provide materials and support from the conference to local church groups to further this goal.

Please don’t hesitate to call us. If you are interested in downloading tools to help with establishing ministry/mission work projects please visit this GCUMM website. http://www.gcumm.org/ministries/men/resources.html

If your group has participated in one time projects or repeating annual projects please send a brief write up to the UMM Conference President, Bill West, by Email (wstbl@comcast.net) or by mail to 4950 W 98th Ave, Westminster, CO 80031.

AMACHI Mentoring Ministry on the Colorado Front Range

It is a ministry we should embrace to reduce the recurrence of kids in our community following their parents in a life of crime and incarceration. This is a pattern that cannot be allowed to continue. We can help to stop this pattern and the Amachi Project is designed to work in this direction.

In our Colorado nearby neighborhoods this pattern is prevalent. Most prevalent this problem exists in our Montbello and central to south areas of Colorado Springs neighborhoods.

The statistics documented by Big Brothers Big Sisters(BBBS) in our front range Denver and Colorado Springs areas are alarming:

41,000 kids fall into this category in the Denver/Colorado Springs corridor.

An in depth study of the lives of affected children was conducted by the Tennessee Department of Corrections with the following conclusions:

The 2008 TDOC Survey demonstrates that there is a 50-70% chance that a child will follow their incarcerated parent(s) into a life of crime.

The offender population in Tennessee prisons increased 56% since 1995, while the increase in the number of estimated children affected by an incarcerated parent was 71% in 2007.

While much data in the TDOC study points to an array of challenges faced by children of an incarcerated parent(s) Dr. Wilson Goode discovered that church congregations could provide a long term response to alleviating this societal ill. By developing adult-child one on one matches through faith based initiatives, reversing this ominous trend was possible. Dr. Goode termed this the Amachi mentoring model or mentoring children of promise.

Amachi is an organization that partners Churches with BBBS to provide mentors to children of prisoners. John DiIulio, former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives devised the idea behind Amachi . Dr. Wilson Goode, former Philadelphia Mayor and Baptist Minister directs the Amachi Program. Amachi currently operates 210 mentoring programs in 48 states.

The General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) under grant from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society (funded from Human Relations Day offerings) partnered with BBBS nationally to promote UMC efforts in this ministry. The Rocky Mountain Conference has been selected by GCUMM to participate in this important project. Our Rocky Mountain Conference UMM has been asked to lead this partnership in Colorado.

We are looking for volunteers from local churches to serve as mentors under the guidance of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Colorado. If you are interested in serving in this ministry please contact UMM Conference President Bill West.

We currently have one active mentoring match based out of Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver.

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