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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.
By GBHEM · October 17, 2017
The African Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions (AAUMTI) and the African Association of Methodist Institutions of Higher Education (AAMIHE) recently held a joint meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire with the goal of creating greater synergies, mutual support and cross-promotion to enhance and expand access to quality Methodist education throughout the continent of Africa.
By GBHEM · October 16, 2017
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“Introduction to Christian Faith: A Deeper Way of Seeing” by Neal F. Fisher was released by the publishing ministry at GBHEM. The book navigates seeking an intensely personal relationship with God, understanding that God is there for us even before we seek God because God loves us.
By GBHEM · October 5, 2017
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The Publishing Office of GBHEM announced the release of a new book, “Encoding Methodism: Telling and Re-Telling Narratives of Wesleyan Origins.” In this work, Ted A. Campbell offers a comprehensive and critically documented account of the founding of Methodism and the distinctive identity of the religious community.
By GBHEM · October 3, 2017
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The Clergy Lifelong Learning Office at GBHEM recently traveled to Mongolia with six church leaders to connect with the Southeast Asia and Mongolia Provisional Central Conference and the faculty and students at Huree University. The education mission trip helped to enhance the global connections which are an integral part of the work of GBHEM.
By GBHEM · September 19, 2017
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Alexis Bazydola and Paul Tribble are recipients of the Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship and examples of the why the investment in the education and development of our future leaders is a priority for GBHEM. The scholarship is one of 70+ administered by the Office of Loans and Scholarships at GBHEM.
By Meg Lassiat · September 18, 2017
Registration Available for Eight-Year Assessment Training Event in Orlando
To help annual conferences better understand, develop and implement the requirements for the Eight-Year Assessment (EYA), as sanctioned by the 2016 General Conference, the Candidacy Office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is offering a training event February 19-21, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.
By Beth Neil · September 15, 2017
Rule 2 Grant Recipients Named
The Rule 2 Grant is designed to support collegiate ministry groups, local churches, districts, conferences or other groups affiliated with The United Methodist Church and serving college/university students. Rule 2 is administered by GBHEM through the office of Collegiate Ministry.
By GBHEM · September 14, 2017
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The Division of Higher Education at GBHEM announced the new Cutting-Edge Curriculum Award for faculty at United Methodist-related colleges and universities. The inaugural award will spotlight faculty who have developed engaging courses that provide a meaningful first-year experience to shape incoming freshmen’s college careers as well as provide valuable training on how to succeed as a college student.
By GBHEM · September 13, 2017
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The Publishing Office at GBHEM, leadership development agency for the denomination, announced the release of a new book, “Introduction to Theology for Ministry” by Elaine A. Robinson. This book is ideal for teaching students the foundational beliefs of Christianity.
By GBHEM · September 5, 2017
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Focused on the central role that organizational mission plays in directing the activities of each of its member institutions, the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) recently held the second of its biannual meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.
By GBHEM · 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 GBHEM · 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 GBHEM · 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.

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