Global Theological Education
Africa Theological Education Initiative Benefits Students
Funds from the $2 million Africa Theological Education Initiative are being used for scholarships, training programs, and development of training materials for pastors in the Central Conferences. About $1.1 million has been distributed to date.
Bishop John Innis, episcopal leader of the Liberia Annual Conference, said the funding came at a critical time for The United Methodist Church in Africa. “The money is relevant. It comes at a time when the church is growing, and we need to be developing pastors,” he said.
Romeo del Rosario
David Maldonado, Jr.
Myron F. McCoy
A Report in Progress / Executive Summary
The United Methodist Church is growing faster in Africa than in any other part of the globe. Today, UMC membership in Africa is nearly 4.2 million, compared to 7.7 million in the United States. While church membership in Africa represents more than 30 percent of United Methodists worldwide, Africa has a critical shortage of trained clergy.