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By Katie Tait · June 26, 2019
James T. Laney accepts the award.
The Emory University President Emeritus was honored for his contributions to United Methodist Higher Education.
By Katie Tait · June 21, 2019
Dillard University Senior Sydney Pelichet
Sydney Pelichet’s educational path is a testament to the connectional ministries of The United Methodist Church.
By Katie Tait · June 13, 2019
Ken Yamada receives honorary doctorate.
Africa University recognized Dr. Ken Yamada with an honorary doctorate for all that he has done to build and grow the institution.
By Katie Tait · May 21, 2019
GBHEM_5 Church Performance Measures that Matter
Modern church leaders face a unique set of challenges. GBHEM recently commissioned research to identify those challenges and help leaders overcome them.
By Katie Tait · May 9, 2019
Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller and Rev. Meg Lassiat
Beginning June 1, Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller and Rev. Meg Lassiat will both step into new roles at GBHEM.
By Kim Cape · May 2, 2019
Is Your God Big Enough?
GBHEM General Secretary Kim Cape asks, "Is your God big enough?"
By Katie Tait · April 25, 2019
The Awakened Life
“The Awakened Life: An 8-Week Guide to Student Well-Being” is an exciting new training program and hands-on guide from GBHEM.
By GBHEM · April 4, 2019
Thirteen students from across continental Africa will receive scholarships for a new doctoral program.
Thirteen students from across continental Africa will receive scholarships for a doctoral program offered by Africa University in Zimbabwe and Wesley House in Cambridge, England.
By GBHEM · April 3, 2019
Erin Hawkins, general secretary of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR)
Erin Hawkins, general secretary of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), has been elected unanimously to serve as convener of The United Methodist Church’s General Secretaries Table.
By Katie Tait · March 27, 2019
Mentors as Instruments of God’s Call: Biblical Reflections
The sought-after guide “Mentors as Instruments of God’s Call: Biblical Reflections” by Justo L. González is now available in a special bilingual edition.
By Sarah Bollinger · March 25, 2019
One of the biggest needs for campus ministers and chaplains is resources equipping them to care for students who are struggling with well-being on campus. The Awakened Life is a student-centered curriculum designed to teach psychosocial skills and help students build resiliency.
By Katie Tait · March 21, 2019
Learn to Manage Church Finances with this Simple Guide
Pastors and lay leaders now have a clear, easy-to-use guidebook for church finances with “Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices for Faithful Stewardship,” by Bonnie Ives Marden.
By Katie Tait · March 15, 2019
Rev. Greg Bergquist Named Acting General Secretary
On Friday, the board of directors for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced plans to appoint Rev. Greg Bergquist as the agency’s acting general secretary in June.
By Katie Tait · March 13, 2019
GBHEM General Secretary Plans to Retire in 2019
In a speech to employees on Wednesday, Rev. Dr. Kim Cape announced plans to retire as the general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) later this year.
By GBHEM · March 11, 2019
Can the UMC Sustain 13 Seminaries? A New Study Investigates
In his “Study of the Thirteen Official Theological Schools of The United Methodist Church,” Daniel O. Aleshire, former executive director of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), identifies characteristics that set the UMC theological schools apart from those of other denominations.
By Katie Tait · March 7, 2019
Four Steps to Improve Agency Efficiency and Effectiveness
In early 2018, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry launched a new strategic process to ensure the greatest return on investment for all its work.
By Katie Tait · March 4, 2019
Specially Designed E-Readers Support Students in Africa
United Methodist college and university students in Africa will soon have a unique, affordable tool to help them study.
By Kim Cape · February 21, 2019
Three Opportunities for Grace at GC2019
A message from Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
By Katie Tait · February 19, 2019
New Anthology Sparks Theological Discussion of Displacement and Marginalization
Readers are called to remember that Jesus was an immigrant in the new book, “Displaced Persons: Theological Reflection on Immigration, Refugees, and Marginalization.”
By GBHEM · February 14, 2019
GBHEM Reorganizes Its Deacon Support
Deacons and diaconal ministers will receive support in new ways from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), The United Methodist Church’s leadership development agency.
By Katie Tait · February 12, 2019
Ethnic In-Service Training grant applications are open.
Applications are now open for the annual Ethnic In-Service Training (EIST) grants administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).
By Katie Tait · February 7, 2019
Applications Open for High-Impact Clergy Scholarship
Many people preparing for United Methodist ordination are daunted by the high price tag associated with their education, and mounting debt can be a barrier to answering God’s call to serve. GBHEM is renewing a proven scholarship and financial literacy program that not only eases the burden of educational debt for prospective clergy, but also helps them plot a stable financial future.
By Katie Tait · February 5, 2019
Introduction to Christian Worship by Steven D. Bruns
Steven D. Bruns takes readers back to the basics of Christian worship in his new book, “Introduction to Christian Worship: Grammar, Theology, and Practice.”
By Cynthia Howard · February 1, 2019
What does it take to be a principled, Christian leader? What do strong leaders in the church need to be successful in 2019 and beyond?
By Katie Tait · January 22, 2019
Survivor Care: What Religious Professionals Need to Know About Healing Trauma
Many clergy and pastoral-care professionals are unprepared to assist the victims of domestic violence who sit in their churches’ pews. "Survivor Care" shows clergy the complexities of violence and care and offers concrete guidance on standards of care, healing and confidentiality. It also advises pastors and support staff on how to avoid common practices that can do more harm than good.

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