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For those who’ve heard God’s call to leadership, we’re here to make the journey with you, connecting you with what you need to flourish as difference-makers. That’s our commitment as the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. GBHEM.

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Journey Toward Ordained Ministry

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Learn more about supporting racial-ethnic students. You can donate online, order resources to observe World Communion Sunday, or read inspiring stories of students who benefited.

Student must be pursuing ordained ministry at either the undergraduate or graduate level; racial/ethnic minority aged 30 or under; member of UMC 2 years; must be attending a UM related institution. GPA of 2.85+ (undergraduate); or 3.0+ (graduate). This program has a mentoring component. Average award $5,000.

The Journey Toward Ordained Ministry program, sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, combines much-needed scholarship support with ongoing mentoring by committed United Methodist clergy. Additionally, scholars, mentors, and Board staff spend time in retreat together for reflection and discernment. Students say they learn a great deal at the retreats and from mentors, in addition to the financial support of a $5,000 scholarship each year.

As important as this support is for seminary students, it is not only the students who benefit from the program. The United Methodist Church itself, in great need of racial-ethnic clergy, is experiencing the value and benefit of committing time and resources to these seminarians. According to 2011 statistics from GCFA, 11.4 percent of UM clergy are racial ethnic.

Funding for this program comes from local church offerings on World Communion Sunday, held the first Sunday in October. The receipts allocated to GBHEM are earmarked for scholarships for racial-ethnic students.

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