Connect to Our Future!
Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
United Methodist Women, when we stand side by side we are stronger. We are God’s vessels to make this world a better place. What better way than through mentoring the next generation?
My mentee is Elizabeth “Pooh” Mack. At our Missouri Conference United Methodist Women annual meeting the two of us were asked to lead a workshop together on mentoring. Working with Elizabeth, I heard her thoughts and learned about her experiences and what excites her about being part of United Methodist Women. I witnessed her leadership ability firsthand when I left her to conduct the workshop herself so I could attend to a problem! The name of our workshop was “Encouraging the Love of United Methodist Women in Young Women.” In the workshop we presented the “I WILL” challenge:
Are you willing to take that I WILL challenge?
Are you willing to open your heart, mind and soul and make a difference in the life of another? Take the I WILL challenge and discover what it means to be a mentor and gain new skills and tools to effectively work with others.
Before working with a new group or individual, it’s important to understand what you want to accomplish. Don’t set boundaries, and avoid prejudgment. Be willing to see through new eyes. Remember that it’s everyone’s goal to be in mission for women, children and youth around the world.
The Bible says, “And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24, HCSB). Here are a few suggestions for bringing United Methodist Women to life for new or potential members:
- Send a response subscription as a gift or in a care package.
- Help provide a scholarship to attend Mission u or Leadership Development Days.
- Invite and bring them to a United Methodist Women event or program.
- Contact your local campus ministry and meet with them. Maybe start a young women’s circle.
- Support your conference’s Limitless team for young women.
- Invite the younger members to plan and execute a program or event.
- Contact your local veterans association and see if you can collaborate on service and advocacy together.
- Be flexible on the dates, times and location of your meetings!
United Methodist Women is an important organization for the world today. Join us, and I can guarantee you your life will never be the same.
YVETTE KIM RICHARDS
United Methodist Women