What is Connexion?

United Methodist-related schools, colleges, and universities are more than world-class institutions of learning. They also play a vital role in their communities and in society. The Connexion initiative celebrates the way in which United Methodist-related institutions impact the lives of others, build collaborative relationships, and transform the world.

There are many United Methodist-related schools, colleges and universities, and the Connexion initiative highlights one from each of the five jurisdictions of the UMC in the United States. Click the boxes below to jump into the stories or keep reading to learn more about these vital, transformative Connexions.

Acts of Love
Inspired by Faith

Connexion lives at the intersection of love and action, and at these crossroads, transformation and impact thrive. Our similarities bind us together, and our uniqueness calls us to connect. John Wesley, beloved founder of the Methodist movement, believed our togetherness – our unity and ability to connect and come together – were the foundational anchors that built strong communities. His beliefs still hold true today.

Connexion captures and highlights the role that United Methodist-related educational institutions play in transforming the world and the support that the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry offers in such church-related work. Separately, both entities can make profound steps toward equity and justice, but under the umbrella of our Connexion, we are unstoppable. Together, we continue to do all the good we can, in every place and time we can, for all the people we can.

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The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

Our mission is bringing people together to discern, learn, and lead for the church and the academy.

As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is committed to supporting United Methodist students. Through various scholarship programs, GBHEM empowers students to achieve their academic goals and develop as leaders prepared to transform the world. Each year, GBHEM awards an average of $5.5 million in scholarships. 

GBHEM supports and advocates for United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools.  The educational institutions connected to The United Methodist Church are among the finest in the world and contribute to the greater good of humanity and to the health and well-being of society. The vast expanse of Methodism’s educational footprint cannot be overstated.

 GBHEM also supports 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) related to The United Methodist Church. Through the Black College Fund, GBHEM helps maintain and enhance these vital institutions, ensuring diverse students have the opportunity to excel through higher education.

Additionally, GBHEM’s leadership and discernment programs guide young adults in clarifying their vocation and God’s call on their lives. Programs like the “Exploration” create transformative experiences that help young adults discover their path in life.

Through scholarships, institutional support, and leadership initiatives, GBHEM prepares global leaders for a global church and world, building the church of tomorrow, one student at a time.

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Help us forge strong Connexions. Give to GBHEM today.