FAQ

Read the full FAQ for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

I’m interested in attending seminary. Where can I find information about the 13 United Methodist schools of theology?

Visit our Seminary section for specifics. 

I want to explore my call to ministry. What’s involved in being ordained in the UMC?

Our  ExploreCalling.org and Choosing Your Path sections have detailed information available for you.

Where can I find information about UM-related schools, colleges, and universities?

Information about UM-related schools, colleges, and universities is in our Education section.

How does GBHEM’s work relate to the churchwide Four Areas of Focus?

Reaching young people has been one of the primary goals of the UMC for the last decade, and GBHEM is leading the way through our work with campus ministries and events such as Exploration and Imagine What’s NEXT which focus on vocational discernment for young adults considering ordained ministry. Both of these national biennial events are especially for those discerning God’s call on their life. The $7 million Young Clergy Initiative was created at General Conference 2012 and assigned to GBHEM to fund innovative projects of all sizes that could attract young people to ordained ministry in the UMC. Also, GBHEM is the agency assigned by the 2012 General Conference to work with the Commission on Central Conference Theological Education in distributing the $5 million fund for theological education for the Central Conferences.

How does the average United Methodist pastor or member benefit from GBHEM’s work?

Every member of every United Methodist church benefits from having pastors who have been encouraged, supported, and trained through programs the Board is involved in. Our loans and scholarships programs have helped thousands of United Methodist students and seminarians and our leadership programs have helped those considering how God is calling them to be in ministry to find their role in the church and the world. 

How much money does it take to maintain GBHEM’s programmatic work?

GBHEM is funded through the church’s World Service Fund apportionment, and our budget is about $39 million. See audited financial statements here.

How large is GBHEM’s staff?

There are approximately 60 full-time employees.

How is GBHEM organized?

GBHEM is organized into two program divisions (Ordained Ministry and Higher Education). In addition, the Board has three offices (Interpretation, Loans and Scholarships, and Administration). The chief executive officer is the general secretary.

Where is GBHEM located?

The Board is housed in the Kern Building at the United Methodist Center at 1001 Nineteenth Avenue, South in Nashville, Tenn.


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What is GBHEM’s primary mission?

As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is preparing global leaders for a global church. The primary way we do this is by increasing access to education, training, technical assistance, and resources.

Every elder, deacon, and licensed local pastor has benefited from our programs — most notably the online candidacy system — as well as training and resources offered to annual conference Boards of Ordained Ministry for their work with candidates for ordination and continuing education, training, and mentoring of clergy. Many young adults have found help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call on their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. United Methodist leaders — both lay and clergy — have benefited from UM loans and scholarships and 520 campus ministries. We also foster educational access through the Black College Fund, the Ministerial Education Fund, Africa University, and our 119 schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries. 

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