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By GBHEM · February 13, 2018
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The Publishing Office of GBHEM announced the release of a new book, “Escoge la Sabiduría: Cómo servir y utilizar nuestras palabras y dinero para hacer el bien” [Translation: Choose Wisdom: How to Serve and Use Our Words and Money to Do Good] by Rev. Eric A. Hernández López. The book was written to equip local churches and leaders in Puerto Rico with a resource to facilitate healthy conversations, inspire generosity and engage in service.
By Beth Neil · February 12, 2018
GBHEM will host the Intersections Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on March 23-25, 2018. Registration is available now through February 22, 2018. The event is designed for college administrators, faculty, chaplains and campus ministers, student life staff members, students, church leaders, and others interested in the impact of increased religious diversity on college campuses.
By GBHEM · February 8, 2018
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With the launch of GBHEM's Regional Hub for Leadership, Education and Development (LEaD) for North America, one the first initiatives, is partnering with the ecological sustainability faculty at Boston University, Green Mountain College and Oklahoma City University to organize the Summer Sustainability Institute 2018 for undergraduate students from Methodist-related colleges and universities, June 3 to 17, 2018.
By GBHEM · February 1, 2018
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“Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” is a documentary that examines the impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on U.S. history, culture and identity. The work of The Black College Fund at GBHEM supports the 11 United Methodist-related historically Black colleges and universities and is included within the documentary.
By GBHEM · January 22, 2018
Ideal for those who want to engage or are engaged in mission, this new book by Laceye and Gaston Warner encourages readers to move mission beyond “us and them” to “all of us together.”
By GBHEM · January 19, 2018
In the book, Lawrence explores the meaning for the requiem as a voice of hope for Christians. Lawrence explains that the word “requiem” heralds the promise of resurrection and power of life. A requiem is not about death, rather it is a prayer that accepts Jesus’s redemptive sacrifice, trusts in his resurrection, and finds abundant life. Lawrence asserts that this can help Christians be confident and remain unshaken by the challenges we face as faith communities and as a denomination.
By GBHEM · January 10, 2018
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GBHEM announced the appointment of Sarah E. Bollinger, Ph.D., as the director of Leadership Development in Collegiate Ministry in the Division of Higher Education’s Office of Collegiate Ministry. Bollinger’s appointment is effective January 16, 2018.
By GBHEM · January 9, 2018
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GBHEM is honored to announce the latest addition to its more than 70 scholarship funds. The Rubie Plant Butterworth Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance to individuals attending one of the 13 United Methodist seminaries and pursuing ordination as a deacon. The creation of the scholarship fund was initiated by Jim Butterworth who was looking for a way to honor his mother for her 90th birthday and years of service in The United Methodist Church.
By GBHEM · January 4, 2018
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GBHEM's mission is centered around the formation and development of leaders for The United Methodist Church. As leaders reflect the people that they serve, GBHEM is committed to ensuring that ethnically diverse leaders at every level are recruited, trained and retained for service within the church. Ethnic In-Service Training Grants (EIST) award up to $10,000 for innovative minority training programs. Applications open now!
By GBHEM · January 3, 2018
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GBHEM traveled to Argentina to celebrate three milestones within United Methodist global education—the opening of GBHEM’s Regional Hub for Leadership, Education and Development (LEaD Hub) for Latin America and the Caribbean, the 25th anniversary of the University of the Latin American Educational Center (UCEL), and the 2017 board of directors meeting for the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU).
By GBHEM · January 3, 2018
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The IAMSCU Board of Directors elected Rev. Dr. Tom Wolfe, president and chief executive officer of Iliff School of Theology, as the acting president of the organization. Wolfe is a former member of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s (GBHEM) board of directors, past University Senate president, and was the IAMSCU vice president.
By Beth Neil · December 18, 2017
The CCTEF met in Nashville, Tennessee at GBHEM offices in early December 2017. The group meets on an annual basis to select recipients for the CCTEF grants, and every four years a new executive committee is selected.
By GBHEM · December 12, 2017
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The Publishing Office at GBHEM, leadership development agency for the denomination, announced the release of a new book, “The United Methodist Clergy Book of Firsts” by F. Belton Joyner, Jr. Written especially for licensing school and Course of Study students, this book helps pastors navigate the early days of their ministry. Featuring topics from first appointments and first sermons to leadership development and community involvement, Joyner dives into opportunities and challenges pastors face as they grow and mature as clergy.
By Beth Neil · December 7, 2017
Syreeta McTavous-Mosley
Syreeta McTavous-Mosley never set out to be a missionary, and she’ll be the first to tell you that. But, as she humbly followed her passion for dentistry and helping people in need, she found herself halfway around the world providing much needed dental services to the underserved.
By Beth Neil · December 6, 2017
Representatives from United Methodist educational institutions and GBHEM met this fall and are recommending that certification in specialized ministry be made more accessible to and affordable for United Methodist lay leaders.
By GBHEM · December 6, 2017
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GBHEM recently partnered with the Methodist School of Theology in São Paulo, Brazil to host an event for 87 Brazilian candidates for ministry, most between ages 17 to 25, in the Methodist Church in Brazil. POV or Programa de Orientação Vocacional (Vocational Orientation Program) is an annual event that opens the school of theology to the candidates, introducing them to the faculty and staff, school structures and academic procedures, while emphasizing the focus on spiritual life and encouraging participants to listen, discern and respond to God’s call for their lives.
By GBHEM · December 5, 2017
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GBHEM and AUMTS, in support of the Commission on a Way Forward, are the sponsors of a new book, “Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.” This book showcases the presentations made at the March 2017 academic colloquy that shares its name. “Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality” represents the earnest and in-depth conferencing of international scholars around the cultural and ecclesial flashpoint—human sexuality.
By GBHEM · November 30, 2017
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GBHEM and AUMTS co-hosted an academic theological colloquy, “Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness” November 12-15, 2017, in Boston, bringing together more than 40 United Methodist scholars and seven United Methodist bishops from across the U.S. to engage in constructive dialogue that will open new pathways in our understanding and faithful practice of the Missio Dei.
By GBHEM · November 29, 2017
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Thankfully, United Methodist students do not have to worry about increasing interest rates. Through its Office of Loans and Scholarships, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) offers United Methodist students the lowest interest for student loans in the U.S.
By GBHEM · November 21, 2017
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GBHEM announced the appointment of Rev. Mark Hanshaw, Ph.D., J.D., as associate general secretary of the Division of Higher Education, effective February 1, 2018.
By Beth Neil · November 13, 2017
Black College Fund Ambassadors Impact the World
This fall, 20 Black College Fund Lina H. McCord ambassadors will visit local churches between November 19 to 26 for the second annual BCF Thank You campaign.
By Beth Neil · November 9, 2017
Exploration is a biennial, three-day event for young adults to listen, discern, and respond to God’s call.
Exploration is a biennial, three-day event for young adults to listen, discern, and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. This event, hosted by GBHEM, guides students as they discern their call from God to become leaders in the church.
By GBHEM · November 8, 2017
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GBHEM announced the appointment of Rev. Mitchell Lewis as the director of endorsement and endorsing agent in the Division of Ordained Ministry’s United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA). Replacing Bruce Fenner, who retired in September, Lewis’ appointment is effective November 13, 2017.
By GBHEM · November 1, 2017
The Publishing Office at GBHEM, leadership development agency for the denomination, announced the release of a new book, “Preaching Methodist Theology & Biblical Truth: Classic Sermons of C. K. Barrett” edited by Ben Witherington III. The book introduces readers to Barrett, a masterful biblical scholar and gifted preacher who never lost touch with his Wesleyan heritage.
By GBHEM · October 24, 2017
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The Office of Clergy Formation at GBHEM is now offering an online course option for Spanish speakers. United Methodist History or La Historia de la Iglesia Metodista Unida is now offered in Spanish for the first term in 2018, January 15 to March 25. Registration for the United Methodist History course is open now through November 20, 2017.

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