Leader of United Methodist Men Steps Down

September 11, 2009

By Rich Peck*

September 10, 2009 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The top staff executive of United Methodist Men is returning to his first love - the local church.
In a letter of resignation read September 10, the Rev. David C. Adams told the General Commission on United Methodist Men he was honored to serve as general secretary of the agency for the past three years, but missed serving a local church where God first called him.
"Becoming general secretary was not a lifelong dream of mine," Adams, a clergy member of the Tennessee Annual (regional) Conference, said in his letter. "When God called me away from the local church I went willingly. But, during the last three years, I confess that I have missed it. Whether presiding over weddings or funerals, I found that I missed the community offered at the local church."
The resignation is effective immediately. The commission, which met through September 12 in Nashville, was to appoint a search committee for a successor.
During Adams' tenure, commission staff and volunteers instituted the offices of men's ministry specialists and scouting ministry specialists. Churches were encouraged to broaden their understanding of men's ministry to include men of all ages and interests within and beyond the local church, and the commission began the process of recruiting churches to serve as training centers for men's ministry, officials said.
"David is passionate about what God is doing in the world through the church," said Bishop James King, president of the 21-member commission. "He has helped the commission focus in on our purpose and to look outward as we seek to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world. His love for the Lord and his role as general secretary of the commission will serve him well as he returns to the local church."
L.W. Smith, chair of the agency's personnel committee, noted that the agency in 2007 was cited as "Men's Ministry of the Year" by the National Coalition of Men's Ministry.
Smith said Adams' "commitment to this ministry is greatly appreciated, but we support his desire to return to the local church."
*Peck is communications coordinator for the churchwide Commission on United Methodist Men.