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This fall a crew went to Southwestern College's freshmen orientation in Winfield, Kan., to catch a glimpse into the UMC education connection.
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Nicole Burdakin
New findings from the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry’s Seminary Indebtedness Task Force reveal that the average educational debt for United Methodist seminary graduates has reached $49,303.
Dillard University
On Monday, October 13, from 9 to 11 a.m., Dillard University is partnering with St. Augustine High School to host a Black Male Summit in Dent Hall on Dillard’s campus.
Nicole Burdakin
A campus in Ahuachapan, El Salvador, is serving local pastors throughout Central America. Distance learning and concentrated weeklong learning retreats help train United Methodists from five countries who often preach in remote areas.
GBHEM General Secretary Kim Cape and Associate General Secretary Myron Wingfield recently announced the appointment of the Rev. Bruce Fenner as the new endorsing agent in the Division of Ordained Ministry’s United Methodist Endorsing Agency. He is currently director of extension ministry and pastoral care at GBHEM.
The Rev. Myron Wingfield has been named associate general secretary for the General Board of Higher Education’s Division of Ordained Ministry beginning September 29, 2014.
Marcie Smeck
GBHEM and GBOD renew and expand e-readers for theological education agreement | GBHEM
A pilot project to provide e-readers loaded with theological texts has proven so successful that GBHEM General Secretary Kim Cape and GBOD General Secretary Tim Bias renewed their joint agreement, continuing this interagency collaboration until December 2016.
Nicole Burdakin
Emerging Ministry Grants launch day of service, ministry for formerly incarcerated | GBHEM
Two deacons in The United Methodist Church have been awarded 2014 Emerging Ministry Grants from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. One will launch a community-wide day of service in Lancaster City, Pa., and the other will develop a ministry of spiritual formation for formerly incarcerated people in the West Ohio Conference.
Michael Rich
DS/DCM Orientation Cultivating Vital Ministries | GBHEM
“As one new DS put it, 'Learning that I was appointed to serve as a DS was like receiving a large suit of clothes that I hadn’t grown into yet.'”
Marcie Smeck
Mid Quadrennial Training Helps Develop Excellence in Ministry | GBHEM
Nearly 400 district superintendents, bishops and board of ordained ministry members from 52 conferences attended the Division of Ordained Ministry Mid Quadrennial Training event in Denver, Colo., August 12-15, 2014.
Vicki Brown
Interactive online classes, new curriculum offer new options for local pastors | GBHEM
A new curriculum for local pastors focuses on transformative leadership, while online interactive classes will provide easier access for educational opportunities, especially for part-time local pastors who have regular employment outside the church.
Nicole Burdakin
Board approves budget, prepares for General Conference 2016 | GBHEM
A report on the Young Clergy Initiative, a discussion about the state of theological education and necessary preparations for General Conference 2016 were included in the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Board of Directors meeting, Aug. 6-8 in Nashville.
Nicole Burdakin
Young Clergy Initiative awards total of seventy- five grants   | GBHEM
Over two rounds, 164 Young Clergy Initiative grant applications were received. Forty-six grants were awarded in the second round, bringing the total amount awarded to approximately $5.5 million. Twenty-nine grants were awarded earlier this year.
Tita Parham
EIST grant helps Myanmar students reach their potential | GBHEM
After fleeing soldiers in her native Myanmar (formerly Burma) with her parents and four brothers, the 18-year-old lived with her family in the Umpium Mai refugee camp in a mountainous region of Thailand for 12 years.
Nicole Burdakin
Collegiate ministers explore discipleship at Prepare and Summer Institute 2014 | GBHEM
Collegiate ministers from across the country gathered recently in Atlanta, Ga., to share strategies and connect with peers working to grow student ministry and discipleship in the United Methodist tradition.
Nicole Burdakin
Former BCF Ambassador spends a year shadowing college and university presidents | GBHEM
In the months Joseph L. Jones shadowed college and university presidents, he found the job had much in common with the work he had done as an ambassador for The United Methodist Church’s Black College Fund.
Sam Hodges
This summer, some Methodist pastors from Colombia and Mexico have engaged in distance learning the old-fashioned way — traveling to Dallas for classes at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.
Dorothy V. Smith
In the summer of 1964, just prior to entering the 8th grade, I attended Freedom School at St. Paul’s C.M.E. Church in McComb, Mississippi.
Tom Gillem
Life After School Summit Helps Dreams Come True | GBHEM
An event organized by a United Methodist Church in Taylors, S.C., shows the positive influence churches can have in encouraging young people to continue their education.
Global Theological Students: A United Methodist Covenant becomes a reality in the Philippines | GBHEM
Six students representing Wesley Divinity School, Bishop Han Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary had the opportunity to hear about Global Theological Students: A United Methodist Covenant (GTS) and to become a part of this network.
After more than two decades of service, President David Seyle has announced his retirement from Andrew College.
Natalie Bannon
McCord Scholar finds purpose in ministry
Kevin Kosh Jr. credits his education at United Methodist-related Rust College with cultivating his faith and preparing him to lead others in ministry. Kosh is on track to become an ordained minister. He hopes to serve in a campus ministry and pursue doctoral work in education so he can teach at the college level.
Pfeiffer University
Pfeiffer University announces that Dr. Jerry Boone will serve as interim president, effective Aug. 10. Dr. Boone, who served Pfeiffer College as dean of student affairs and associate professor of English from 1969-82, will hold this new position until a permanent successor to Michael C. Miller is appointed
Vicki Brown
Applications for the 2015 grants for theological education in Africa, Europe and the Philippines are open through September 30, 2014.

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