Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry knows the experts in leadership development; it understands the needs of the emerging congregations and the capabilities of the Methodist-affiliated educational institutions.
The 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church authorized the creation of the fund. The fund adopts a three-pronged approach of technical assistance and sharing, on-site mentoring to assist in program development and implementation, and scholarship support for the men and women who will be trained in the programs.
A true partnership among participating institutions, the fund will be implemented with a shared vision, shared responsibilities, and shared costs. It will be conceptually divided into five regions – Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. – with each region able to raise or pool funds and disburse them to approved sites and programs. Each region will interconnect with the others as they share expertise and assist in developing program components.