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For those who’ve heard God’s call to leadership, we’re here to make the journey with you, connecting you with what you need to flourish as difference-makers. That’s our commitment as the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. GBHEM.

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Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors 

The United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA) has responsibility for recruitment, endorsement, and support of clergy in extension ministries beyond the local church. Clergy serve as chaplains and pastoral counselors in more than 25 ministry settings beyond church walls. 

Heirs of Wesley

The United Methodist Endorsing Agency is proud to release “Heirs of Wesley,” a video highlighting the ministries of our endorsed clergy serving in diverse settings around the world. UMEA was honored to work with award winning Journey Films (producer of the Chaplains movie now showing on Public Television) to produce our product. The video was shown at General Conference 2016 in the Higher Education and Ministry booth and portions were shown as a part the agency’s report to the General Conference. Please share this video and our work with your friends to help us recruit the next generation of chaplains and pastoral counselors. Thank you for your continued support.


Our Vision

That United Methodist ordained chaplains and pastoral counselors will be active and visible in connectional ministry and mission to persons, institutions, and systems in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary settings.

Our Mission

Recruit spiritually fit and professionally qualified clergy for ministries of pastoral care and counseling in specialized settings
Assess and endorse persons for ministry in diverse settings including hospitals, prisons, pastoral counseling and military service
Sustain persons by encouraging spiritual growth, advocacy and accountability

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