News Room

Nicole Burdakin
UMC E-Readers, CCTE Grants
Seventy-three grants totaling $1 million were awarded for theological education in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The money will be used for training local pastors, development of faculty, provision of e-readers, curriculum development, development of libraries, and more.
Kara Lassen Oliver
Daniel Mateer
Daniel knew about the United Methodist Smart Loan, administered by GBHEM, because his sisters had already benefited from the same loan program. So he didn’t think twice about applying. “Do the numbers,” he said.
Nicole Burdakin
Over 150 participants from 20 countries convened for an international conference February 1–4, 2015, in Incheon, Korea, of the Asia-Pacific Association of Methodist-related Educational Institutions (APAMEI). This organization, formed in 2012, promotes collaborative and cooperative institutional networking among UM-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marcie Smeck
Partnerships between United Methodist related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools will further the denomination’s mission work, educators and general agency staff agreed during discussions at a meeting of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) in Washington, D.C.
Colonel Gerald “Scott” Henry, Jr., the Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton and Sheila Bates
Upon recommendation by the search teams and confirmation by Bishop Virginia Taylor, Holston Annual Conference, and Bishop Bill McAlilly, Tennessee Annual Conference, GBHEM announces the appointment of Colonel Gerald “Scott” Henry, Jr., in the United Methodist Endorsing Agency and the Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton and the Rev. Sheila Bates in the Collegiate Ministry office.
Baltimore-Washington Conference
The week of Christian Unity became real in tangible and spiritual ways on Jan. 25, at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. when Christ set the banquet table and the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell served Communion to the people of God in both the United Methodist and Episcopal churches.
Gina Campbell, Kim Cape
To commemorate the recent Interim Eucharist Sharing agreement between the Episcopal Church and The United Methodist Church, Washington National Cathedral will be hosting a special celebration, inviting Rev. Canon Gina Campbell to preside over the service of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday, January 25 at 11:15 a.m. EST. The service will also include a sermon by guest preacher the Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, General Secretary of GBHEM.
Marcie Smeck
Consultation on Theological Education
If conversations shape organizations, what are the key conversations that we should be engaging in now? What are the most important questions that will shape the next evolution of theological education and formation?
Nicole Burdakin
The Asia-Pacific Association of Methodist-related Educational Institutions (APAMEI) will hold an international conference February 1–4, 2015, in Incheon, Korea. This organization, formed in 2012, promotes collaborative and cooperative institutional networking among United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools in the Asia-Pacific region.
"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Luke 2:10
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry opened applications for spring and summer loans on December 11, 2014 and will accept loan applications until May 5, 2015.
Kara Lassen Oliver
At the closing worship service of this year’s Sol Africa project, the Rev. Adriano Quelende reminded the eight United Methodist pastors from Angola and Mozambique that the people of Africa expect a lot from them. On November 28, these eight pastors join the ranks of 24 other pastors from the four Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) central conferences in Africa who have been trained over the past nine years at Methodist University in São Paulo, Brazil, as part of Sol Africa.
Susan Naslund
Sixty-five gathered in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Methodist Women of Color Scholars scholarship and mentoring program, the only denominationally sponsored program of its kind, November 21, 2014, in San Diego, California.
Renee Elder
Entering college after a tour of military duty is a little like stepping into another world. “There’s a feeling of being isolated when you come back,” said Timothy Woody, who spent six years as a member of the Air Force Reserve with tours in the Middle East before starting college at West Virginia University in 2009.
Scott Brewer GBHEM
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry General Secretary Kim Cape has announced that Scott Brewer has accepted the position of associate general secretary for Administration and Operations. He begins employment on January 5, 2015.
Nicole Burdakin
Formation for Ministry in American Methodism: Twenty-first Century Challenges and Two Centuries of Problem-Solving is a new publication that names and critically considers the potential future of formation for ministry in the digital age.
Marcie Smeck
The E-Reader Project recently got a boost through obtaining Portuguese content for e-readers for theological schools in Angola and Mozambique. Adriano Quelende, GBHEM's director of Global Formation for Spiritual Leaders, recently visited the annual conferences of Angola East and West as well as Mozambique North and South annual conferences.
United Methodist Student Day is November 30, 2014. Find resources for your congregation here.
Nicole Burdakin
Pecha Kucha talks led by United Methodist students, activists, and entrepreneurs, ignited dialogue and collaboration among participants at Imagine What’s NEXT, held November 7-9, 2014, in Denver, Colo.
Nicole Burdakin
More than 680 United Methodist college students and young adults gathered last weekend in Denver, Colorado, for Imagine What’s NEXT, a vocational discernment event that challenged participants to live out the event theme, “Dream. Go. Do.”
Nicole Burdakin
Representatives from the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Board of Pension and Health Benefits and General Commission on The Status and Role of Women (COSROW) recently presented collaborative work at the largest gathering for church and religion-based researchers in the United States.
Nicole Burdakin
Social media is integrated at new depths for an upcoming event for United Methodist college students in Denver, Colorado. An online event platform will allow students to engage directly in conversations with event speakers, sponsors, and small groups while incentivizing their interactions and posts.
Tom Gillem
Racial-ethnic pastors who lead large predominantly Caucasian United Methodist churches in the United States are open-minded and spiritual, with adaptive leadership styles that break stereotypes about racial-ethnic leaders, according to a new survey by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Sam Hodges
At Gbarnga School of Theology, there’s no running water, electricity comes and goes, and classrooms remain scarred from when troops occupied them during Liberia’s long civil war.
Marcie Smeck
Lifelong United Methodist, Stan Horwood made a one million dollar gift to theological education in memory of his wife, Elizabeth.

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