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New Website Offers Enhanced Search, Better Organization

February 24, 2014

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry website, a key component of the agency’s work on behalf of The United Methodist Church just got a facelift aimed at making ministry and education resources easier to find and use.

“Our website is the face of the Board to the people in the pews, church leaders, our core constituencies, and the world,” said Terri Hiers, executive director of GBHEM’s Office of Interpretation. “We wanted a completely new look with updated content and an enhanced search engine.”

The project began with a website survey that collected feedback from students, clergy, Boards of Ordained Ministry, and others who regularly use resources produced by GBHEM. The survey asked what features and content they wanted or needed in the redesign.

Kim Cape, GBHEM’s general secretary, said young adults or second-career people who are exploring God’s call to ministry can find materials about discernment, seminary, and loans and scholarships on this new site.

“Seminarians and college or university students will find information about paying for an education, as well as how to find a campus ministry. Ordained or licensed clergy, members of a conference Board of Ordained Ministry, or district superintendents also can find something especially meant to complement their ministry,” Cape said.

The redesigned website promises to resource the church more efficiently to “prepare global leaders for a global church.”