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Higher Education and Ministry Amidst a Pandemic

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Our United Methodist schools, colleges, universities and seminaries are grappling with an unprecedented situation. Our agencies, annual conferences, boards of ordained ministry and thousands of clergy are discerning how to be in ministry while practicing social distancing. Professors are experimenting with the best ways to take their teaching online. Theological schools and annual conferences are preparing clergy to care for their flocks through cyberspace. Administrators are deciding how to issue grades and confer degrees to newly remote student populations.

As people 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 United Methodist efforts and new ideas for higher education and ministry in the midst of a global health crisis.

Migrating Higher Education Online

Preaching & Worship

Pastoral Care

Maintaining Connections & Tending to Individual Mental Health

COVID-19 Resources from Our UMC Partner Agencies

Church & Society
Living Our Principles: A Video Series and Discussion Starter
United Methodists on the Frontlines of COVID-19

Discipleship Ministries
The Online Communion Dilemma
2020 Christian Home Month: Planning Resources for Congregations & Conferences

General Board of Global Ministries
Giving Campaign and COVID-19 Response Fund
Global Mission During a Pandemic: Conversations with General Secretary Thomas Kemper

General Commission on Archives & History
Past Pandemics: Methodists and Yellow Fever in Philadelphia 1793-1798

General Commission on Religion and Race
Video: CARES Act and Racial Inequity

General Commission on the Status & Role of Women
Self-Care and Boundaries During These Times

General Council on Finance and Administration
Understand Electronic Giving: A Tool for Your Church
A Guide to Live Streaming for Your Church

United Methodist Communications
Keeping Church Property Safe While Closed
Fast-track Training to Use Technology in Your Ministry

United Methodist Men
Encouraging Men to Have Conversations

United Methodist Publishing House
Now & Next: How the Church is Changing for Good
Ministry Matters’ Resources for “Christian Worship and Devotion During Social Distancing”

United Methodist Women
Making Soap During a Health Crisis
Educational Gardens Provide Much-Needed Produce for Food Pantries

CARES Act—Coronavirus-Related Distributions from Wespath-Administered Plans
Benefits at a Glance: COVID-19 Health and Safety Support

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The Awakened Life

The Awakened Life: Learn how to help students foster mental well-being and build resilience through “The Awakened Life.”


GBHEM Publishing: GBHEM publishes books to serve church leaders through their intellectual journey. Learn more about these resources in our publishing catalog.

Loans and Scholarships

Loans & Scholarships: Looking for tuition assistance? Check out GBHEM’s loans and scholarships.

LEAD Hubs Discover More

Find Your LEAD Hub: Contact a GBHEM Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Hub near you and find out about educational resources in your area.

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