Online Resources: Keeping Your Ministry Connected
As many of us move to digital models to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, GBHEM is here with the resources and tools you need to keep your daily ministries connected. On this E-Resources page, we’ll offer live online training opportunities, recorded webinars, downloadable ministry resources, videos, answers to frequently asked questions and more. This is an evolving page and we will update it frequently with new digital content to help you on your called journey.
Right now, we are getting things started with the following resources:
- Frequently Asked Questions. Submit Yours Today!
- Recommended Reading
- Higher Education Amidst a Pandemic
Remember to check back regularly for answers to new questions and to access updated content!
Frequently Asked Questions: Shaping Your Mission and Ministry in the Age of Coronavirus
How can we help you? What questions do you have about higher education and ministry during this global health crisis? Browse our FAQs below or fill out our form to submit your questions.
What will happen to licensing schools for local pastors?
Boards of ordained ministry (BOMs) are working to provide alternatives to the current licensing school structure in light of the coronavirus. Please contact your BOM representative to stay up to date on all announcements regarding licensing school.
What will happen to the summer Course of Study?
The Council of Regional Course of Study Directors and the Extension Course of Study Directors will be meeting on Monday, March 30 and Wednesday, April 1 to discuss options for the summer Course of Study program. Updates will be provided as soon as the details are available.
What happens to annual conference clergy sessions if they can’t meet before July 1?
GBHEM is working with Wespath, the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) and the Council of Bishops on a coordinated response to this question. More information will be available soon.
Many of our GBHEM authors have research or words of wisdom that can help during trying times. We’ve curated the list of books below to help you tackle new issues you may be facing as a result of the coronavirus. The crisis is unique, but there are enduring lessons of faith, leadership and morality that can guide us all right now.
“Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World” by D. Stephen Long
In times of confusion and chaos, our moral obligation to the truth is more important than ever. Long, a noted ethics professor at Perkins School of Theology, discusses the role of faith leaders not only in spreading truth, but in specifically refuting falsehoods. This engrossing book draws on the Biblical basis for setting truth as the foundation of free societies. “Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World” reminds all of us how to witness to the truth and share it as a beacon of hope.
“Praying with the Wesleys: Foundations of Methodist Spirituality” by John R. Tyson
Praying with intention and discipline can help us all to cope with the challenges we are facing. This richly illustrated book includes prayers, hymns, and reflective writings from John, Charles and Susanna Wesley. It examines the roots, impact and trajectories of early Methodist spirituality, in hopes that this exploration will help us chart a new course for the “people called Methodists” as we sail the rough seas of our time.
“Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition” by Kenneth L. Carder and Laceye C. Warner
Now is a time for leaders to boldly step forward. Designed specifically for Christian leaders and teachers, this book delves into Wesleyan scholarship to guide readers into effective contemporary leadership from a solidly Wesleyan perspective. A revised edition, it expands the content of the first edition and includes more illustrations and models of leadership formed and empowered by grace. Greater attention is given to leadership practiced by congregations and institutions as well as by individuals.
“Attend to Stories: How to Flourish in Ministry” by Karen D. Scheib
During times of crisis, we must all find ways to fortify against burnout. Scheib’s book offers a strategic method for rekindling your passion and reinvigorating your ministry as you help others. She explains that in order to experience a new sense of freedom in caring for others, we need to help them attend to their story and connect their story with others and God. To do so this effectively, we must be willing to revisit our own story.
Higher Education Amidst a Pandemic
Our United Methodist schools, colleges, universities and seminaries are grappling with an unprecedented situation. Professors are experimenting with the best ways to take their teaching online. Theological schools are training students to care for their flocks through cyberspace. Administrators are deciding how to issue grades and confer degrees to newly remote student populations.
As schools all over the world face these issues, our United Methodist institutions are leading the way with grace and creativity. Explore the links below to learn about our schools’ efforts and new ideas for higher education in the midst of a global health crisis.
Theological Education & Worship
- Perkins Professor Offers Guidance on Preaching to a Virtual Audience
- Candler Students Use Social Media to Take Worship Online
- Claremont and Garrett-Evangelical Co-sponsor Online Community Support Series
Higher Education Goes Online