Specialized Theological Education
GBHEM’s Division of Ordained Ministry provides Specialized Theological Education programs that train pastors who serve The United Methodist Church in a specialized environment. One program, el Curso de Estudio (Course of Study), provides theological education for Hispanic-Latino/a Methodists in the United States.
Two training centers are available for Hispanic/ Latino’s Pastors: Garrett – Evangelical Theological Seminary at Evanston, Illinois and Perkins School of Theology at Dallas, Texas. Through these sites, resources are concentrated to prepare, equip and form our clergy to work with a diverse community. Both Schools offer English and Spanish Licensing schools for Pastors who are limited in English. Perkins will offer a Portuguese Licensing School 2015.
Specialized Theological Education includes seven Module III workshops in conjunction with the National Plan for Hispanic Ministry including:
- Brief History of the Methodist Movement
- Political Structure and Mission of The United Methodist Church
- Methodist Theology and Doctrine
- Liturgy and The Sacraments
- Orientation for Hispanic-Latino/a Immigrant Pastors
- Pastoral Care and Attention
- Mentoring Hispanic-Latino/a Leadership
These seven Module III workshops are to be implemented in the United States and used to transform communities and churches, as well as to call the church into transformative leadership.
Another area of Specialized Theological Education is Ethnic Centers. We have four basic Ethnic Centers:
- Center for Pacific and Asian-American Ministries
- Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries Program at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
- Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry
- National UM Native American Center in California
These centers are designed for the recruitment, training, and retention of ethnic United Methodist people, both male and female, in leadership positions in every level of the church and its ministry.
The Specialized Theological Education program also provides support for Hispanic-Latino/a pastors who need to complete higher education and/or continue on to graduate school. This is done in partnership with Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana (UBL) de Costa Rica with approximately 30 people involved in this project.
We also provide training in Latin America for the formation of clergy. We are collaborating with GBGM and Duke Divinity School to offer Course of Study in El Salvador. We are working with the Iglesia Evangelica Nacional Metodista Primitiva de Guatemala and we are working with Honduras to provide advance course of study programs to equip their pastors. Pastor are currently being trained in Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Lastly, the director of Specialized Theological Education helps with many of the questions around the process of ordained ministry and local pastors.