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The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry 

As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry is preparing global leaders for a global church and the world. Every elder, deacon and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call on their lives through our leadership and discernment programs.

Our Mission

Bringing people together to discern, learn, and lead for the church and the academy.

Our Vision

A world where everyone is living fully into God’s call on their lives.

Core Values

Belonging, Discovery, Faithfulness

Our Road to map to fulfilling our vision

Create an Environment of Worldwide Belonging and Access
GBHEM is recognized across the denomination as an antiracist and decolonial organization demonstrated in its commitment to worldwide inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (WIDEA) in its culture, policies, procedures, and resourcing.

Remain Focused on Missional Effectiveness
GBHEM is recognized as a convener and co-creator of innovative ideas and solutions, and a fruitful partner in discerning, learning, and leading. United Methodist-affiliated institutions and their leaders who engage with us are empowered and equipped to make progress toward our shared mission and ministry goals.

Continue to Deliver Operational Excellence
GBHEM has a thriving team culture where all staff are fully engaged, aligned, and equipped around our shared mission and vision. We are continually convening conversations with each other, our constituents, and collaborative partners co-creating, implementing, and/or supporting initiatives and resources that are innovative, accessible, user friendly, cost-effective, high quality and offer good value.

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