How It Works
The specifics of the three components of this exciting new concept demonstrate its innovation:
The Technical Assistance Program
From around the world, Methodist-affiliated institutions (individual schools, colleges, universities, or theological schools) will request assistance in creating leadership development programs that will address local needs for clergy or lay leaders. Framed by clearly defined goals, basic program design, and estimated costs, the requests will be carefully evaluated by a committee composed of a senior level representative from the appropriate region, Board members, and senior staff from the GBHEM. When the request is approved, GBHEM, drawing on its extensive knowledge of the Methodist educational network, will help form the technical assistance team.
Partnership will be woven throughout the process, with each requesting institution funding its own program and the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development covering the cost of the technical assistance.
The Methodist Scholars Program
The Methodist Scholars Program will place, when requested, an outstanding Methodist leader on-site at the requesting institution. These seasoned leaders will act both as model leaders and hands-on mentors to the local institutions as they develop the most effective clergy and lay leadership development programs. Available for placements from 6 to 24 months, the scholars might serve as faculty members, chaplains, or administrative leaders.
The Fund will cover the travel costs of the scholar as well as his/her benefits, while the host institution will provide the scholar’s direct compensation and cover local expenses.
The Methodist Global Education Scholarship Program
The finest leadership development program must have quality students. And any effort to recruit the best students must have a mechanism to provide scholarship assistance whenever it is needed.
John Wesley understood that truth when he founded Kingswood School in 1748. He knew that the poor children of coal miners could also become dynamic Christian leaders, dedicated to serving others.
That truth is just as important 250 years later – leaders can come from any background. Our task is to make it possible for them to develop in wisdom and direction.
The Scholarship Program will be administered at the regional level, with the fund providing direct scholarship funds to institutions participating in the Technical Assistance and Scholars Programs on a matching-grant basis.