150 YEARS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND MINISTRY

CELEBRATING 5 HISTORICAL MILESTONES
THAT HAVE DEFINED AND EXPANDED OUR MISSION

From the perspective of 2016, it is difficult to imagine the early days of Methodism in America. Normal life, much less normal church life, was primitive by today’s standards. Yet those good people experienced technological upheaval, cultural divisiveness, and a desire to spread the gospel, just as we do today. Spreading the word happened to look a bit different.

When Methodists created the Board of Education in 1866, they had no way of knowing how the future of this new venture would evolve. They knew that it was needed, they worked hard to meet the need, and they trusted that God would lead the way. Their conversations were no less passionate than those of our modern times, and their aspirations no less admirable.

Time and time again it is our history that tells us of our tomorrow. The trajectory of these five historical moments points the way for our denomination to go. Each one of these broken barriers and expanded possibilities offered opportunities for people to be in ministry and to live more whole lives.

Throughout the 150-year legacy of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the inspiration for the future has been inspired by the past. Incredible moments of urgency and determination at General Conferences have led to innumerable advances in education and ministry. Likewise, the willingness to acknowledge past oversights through corrective action has resulted in positive change.

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