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By Danecia Jones · August 18, 2017
GBHEM August 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Board of Directors confirmed the agency’s strategic direction toward a center for leadership formation and development at its August board meeting.
By Danecia Jones · August 8, 2017
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The University Senate, established as the oldest educational accrediting agencies in the U.S., commemorates its 125th anniversary. Since its founding, the University Senate has provided oversight for the schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools affiliated with The United Methodist Church.
By Beth Neil · August 3, 2017
Students and faculty of the Bishop Innis Graduate School of Theology at UMU in Monrovia, Liberia conclude a successful day of training to use their new e-readers in the theological program.
The E-Reader Project is a joint program of GBHEM and Discipleship Ministries. The two agencies, along with the African Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions (AAUMTI), led a one-day e-reader training this summer in Liberia at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Monrovia.
By Danecia Jones · August 2, 2017
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The Office of Loans and Scholarships at GBHEM, a center for leadership development across the denomination, awarded more than $1.66 million to 206 recipients of the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship, created to help United Methodist clergy avoid excessive educational loan debt, minimize financial stress and build financial acumen.
By Bruce Fenner · July 28, 2017
Participants learned how to measure and report the impact of their spiritual and ministerial programs at a Leadership Development Return on Investment (ROI) Workshop this summer. The event was hosted by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, a part of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
By Danecia Jones · July 27, 2017
GBHEM's Publishing Office announces the release of a new book, “GO! How to Become a Great Commission Church” by Mark R. Teasdale.
By Beth Neil · July 24, 2017
UMC Leaders Focus on Peace Building & Rethinking Conflict
UMC students and leaders participated in a 10-day travel seminar to Belfast, Ireland as part of a collegiate ministry program focused on leadership development, peace building and conflict resolution.
By Danecia Jones · July 18, 2017
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In “Raising Hope: Four Paths to Courageous Living for Black Youth,” Anne E. Streaty Wimberly and Sarah Frances Farmer provide proven methodology to effectively motivate Black youth to make healthier choices and create positive outcomes.
By Beth Neil · July 11, 2017
GBHEM has presented the Francis Asbury Award to 15 individuals and one group from across the U.S.
By Beth Neil · July 3, 2017
Exploration creates opportunities for young adults to be in meaningful fellowship.
Registration for Exploration, a three-day event for young adults age 18-26, is now open. This biennial event is designed to help attendees listen, discern, and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry, as they explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church.
By Beth Neil · June 30, 2017
Cradle of the Call at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center
GBHEM as part of their strategy to enable and resource leadership within the church has selected the 2017 YCI grant recipients. This year, applications were received from every United Methodist jurisdictional conference, and of those applications, 34 grants were awarded.
By Danecia Jones · June 29, 2017
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GBHEM announced today the development of a new center for clinical pastoral education (CPE) to meet the growing need for pastoral education resources within The United Methodist Church.
By Danecia Jones · June 27, 2017
Candidacy Financial Planning Services
The Candidacy Office at GBHEM has partnered with Wespath and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to offer financial planning services to certified candidates for licensed and ordained ministry. The services will be offered at no cost to candidates upon certification by their district committees on ordained ministry.
By Beth Neil · June 23, 2017
Collegiate Ministers Make Iconic Pilgrimage Across Spain
Seven collegiate ministers from across The United Methodist Church joined together for Sojourn 2017. This group made the iconic pilgrimage across France and northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago, ending at the legendary burial place of St. James.
By Danecia Jones · June 22, 2017
Pastor Josias Andujar
Pastor Josias Andujar is a past recipient of the HANA scholarship for Hispanic, Asian and Native American United Methodist students and credits the program for providing valuable financial support. “I can honestly say I would not have made it without the HANA Scholarship ... The HANA Scholarship helped me to see light at the end of the tunnel.”
By Beth Neil · June 20, 2017
More than 300 participants from 30 countries across the Methodist connection and educational institutions worldwide gathered for the IAMSCU conference on the campus of Universidad Madero, a Methodist school in Puebla, Mexico.
By Danecia Jones · June 16, 2017
GBHEM New Board Members
GBHEM announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Dr. Vivian Bull, Dr. James Hildreth and Rev. Sun Hee Kim.
By Danecia Jones · June 5, 2017
Missio Dei Colloquy
GBHEM and AUMTS today announced plans to co-host an academic theological colloquy, “Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.” The colloquy, planned in support of the Commission on a Way Forward, will take place November 12-15, 2017 at the Boston School of Theology, Boston University.
By Danecia Jones · June 1, 2017
Women of Color Scholars
The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) recognized three recent Doctor of Philosophy graduates who participated in the Women of Color (WOC) Scholars Program: Mary Wong Cheng, Michele Watkins and Catherine E. Williams. Each scholar graduated in May 2017.
By Danecia Jones · May 31, 2017
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Gaining an understanding of people and cultures that are different from ourselves, and creating inclusive environments for learning, fellowship and worship are a part of building diverse communities of Christ. The Clergy Lifelong Learning Office at GBHEM, in collaboration with Global Ministries, recently gathered a group of United Methodist pastors in South Korea to expand the diversity work of the agency.
By Danecia Jones · May 22, 2017
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With great sadness, GBHEM announced the passing of Dr. Ted Brown, 65, on May 20, 2017. Brown began serving as interim associate general secretary for the Division of Higher Education on April 3, 2017. He previously served on the GBHEM Board of Directors for two consecutive quadrennia, as vice president of the Division of Higher Education. He also served as the president of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU).
By Danecia Jones · May 17, 2017
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GBHEM and AUMTS, in support of the Bishops’ Commission on the Way Forward, announced the release of a new study guide, “The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.” The study guide offers United Methodists an opportunity to facilitate constructive conversations around a cultural and ecclesial flashpoint—human sexuality.
By Danecia Jones · May 12, 2017
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The Publishing Office at GBHEM announced the release of two new books, “Common Worship: Tradition, Formation, Mission” by E. Byron Anderson and “The Vocation of Theology: Inquiry, Dialogue, Adoration” edited by Rex D. Matthews.
By Danecia Jones · May 4, 2017
The Publishing Office at GBHEM announced the release of a new book, “Bid Our Jarring Conflicts Cease: A Wesleyan Theology and Praxis of Church Unity.” In this work, David N. Field examines and interprets three of John Wesley's key sermons and Wesley’s interpretation of holiness in terms of Methodist identity and diversity especially as it relates to human sexuality.
By Danecia Jones · May 2, 2017
2017 CCTE Grants
The Commission on Central Conference Theological Education awarded 67 grants totaling more than $1 million to the seven Central Conferences of The United Methodist Church. The grants fund theological education advances at theological institutions, Boards of Ordained Ministry and agencies integrally related to training United Methodist pastors.

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