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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 Victoria Rebeck · 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.
By Katie Tait · January 16, 2019
"Simply Grace” inspires readers to become more aware of God in everything they do. Author, Bruce L. Blumer describes how the gift of God’s grace is available regardless of what we’ve done or who we are. He explains that when we accept that we are loved, that we cannot earn a place with God and that we have already been forgiven, it changes our relationship with God and with each other.
By Katie Tait · January 8, 2019
Members of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) signed a joint statement urging church leaders to secure full and fair access for all individuals to the church and its ministries.
By Katie Tait · January 4, 2019
This month’s gathering is the most highly attended in a decade, demonstrating the organization’s continuing influence.
By Victoria Rebeck · December 4, 2018
The book is a biography of Asa Mahan (1799–1889), an abolitionist, author, clergyperson, and first president of Oberlin College and Adrian College.
By Victoria Rebeck · December 3, 2018
GBHEM formally launched Global Hubs for Leadership, Education and Development for Portuguese speakers and English speakers in areas of Africa.
By Beth Neil · November 28, 2018
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) recently visited UMUM and met with Rev. Dr. Julio Andre Vilanculos, the Chancellor of the United Methodist University of Mozambique. Here is a snapshot of the visit and conversation.
By Beth Neil · November 27, 2018
APAMEI held its 2018 conference at Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow, India. Themed “Transcending Boundaries for Peace: Making Peace Peacefully,” more than 250 participants from seven countries attended the conference.
By Victoria Rebeck · November 15, 2018
“Nathan Bangs and the Methodist Episcopal Church: The Spread of Scriptural Holiness in Nineteenth-Century America” asserts that Nathan Bangs, an early American Methodist leader, worked to shape the church as missionally focused more than “respectable.”
By Victoria Rebeck · October 31, 2018
GBHEM has named Cynthia Howard as executive director of marketing and communications in the Office of Strategic Leadership.
By Beth Neil · October 26, 2018
Methodist educational leaders and members of AAMIHE and AAUMTI are gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa for a joint conference.
By Victoria Rebeck · October 24, 2018
Ashley Boggan Dreff, Ph.D., author of “Entangled: A History of American Methodism, Politics, and Sexuality,” maps how American Methodists have responded to attitude changes about sexuality since World War II. She argues that the current impasse over homosexuality is rooted in two dichotomous ideologies of Methodist history and theology: one liberal and the other evangelical.
By Beth Neil · October 16, 2018
GBHEM today announced the appointments of Rev. Mark Forrester, D.Min., as assistant general secretary and the Rev. Tammy Gieselman, D.Min., as director of Schools, Colleges, and Universities, both within the Division of Higher Education.
By GBHEM · October 3, 2018
Rev. Nickie Moreno Howard was able to graduate from seminary and begin her ministry career thanks in part to the financial aid and mentoring she received from United Methodists who give generously each year on World Communion Sunday.
By Beth Neil · September 13, 2018
“Develop Intercultural Competence: How to Lead Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Churches” by HiRho Y. Park identifies best practices and offers practical tips and case studies for leading diverse and vital congregations.
By GBHEM · August 29, 2018
GBHEM launched its 2018 Global Chaplaincy Training series with the first session in Maputo, Mozambique. The agency is supporting an expressed need from Central Conferences for contextual chaplaincy leadership training in specialized settings.

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