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Black College Fund Summer Series: The Promise of ‘Unbothered’ Faith

July 3, 2019

Dillard University sophomore Langston Carter-Price struggled to manage classes and engage in extracurricular activities while working twenty hours a week. His renewed faith, however, led him to the Black College Fund.  “Financially, I was struggling…I was ready to quit,” he said. That is when Rev. Earnest Salsberry, Dillard University chaplain and mentor, told Langston the

Rev. Dr. James T. Laney Receives First Global Ethical Leadership Award

June 26, 2019

Methodist educational leaders from around the globe gathered at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday evening to honor the achievements of Rev. Dr. James T. Laney, President Emeritus of Emory University. Laney is the inaugural recipient of the Global Ethical Leadership Award. The award was jointly presented by the Association of United Methodist Theological

Black College Fund Summer Series: Church Mentors that Help and Inspire

June 21, 2019

Sydney Pelichet’s educational path is a testament to the connectional ministries of The United Methodist Church. Today, the 21-year-old is a rising senior at Dillard University – one of 11 United Methodist-related historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – and a Lina H. McCord intern with the United Methodist Black College Fund. Her journey started

A Legacy of Education: GBHEM’s Ken Yamada Honored by Africa University

June 13, 2019

In the early 1980s, United Methodists in Africa, led by Bishop Arthur Kulah of Liberia and Bishop Emilio J. M. de Carvalho of Angola, set a challenge before the church to design, site and build a new university for the continent of Africa. As a member of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

The 5 Church Performance Measures that Matter

May 21, 2019

Modern church leaders face a unique set of challenges. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, recently commissioned research to identify those challenges and help leaders overcome them. The purpose of GBHEM’s Leadership Development Needs Assessment was to ascertain the following: The primary challenges

Staff Promotions in the Division of Ordained Ministry

May 9, 2019

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is pleased to announce the promotion of two outstanding team members in the Division of Ordained Ministry. Beginning June 1, Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller and Rev. Meg Lassiat will both step into new roles at GBHEM. Conklin-Miller will become the acting associate general secretary for the Division

Three Questions to Challenge – and One to Encourage – Your Answer to God’s Call

May 2, 2019

In his book, “Loving God with One’s Mind,” Thomas Trotter, former General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) said, “There are many ways of loving God, some helpful, some problematic. Some love God with their selfless service to neighbor. Some love God by the diligent attention to the care of

New Guide and Training to Help Students’ Mental Well-Being

April 25, 2019

UPDATE: The June and July Awakened Life training retreats are now at capacity. Due to popular demand, GBHEM is exploring the option to offer a third retreat. Please check back on our site in mid-May or reach out to Sarah Bollinger ( with questions. The number of 18- to 26-year-old students who report suffering from

Hybrid Doctoral Program Will Educate 13 Theology Students from Continental Africa

April 4, 2019

Thirteen students from across continental Africa will receive scholarships for a doctoral program offered by Africa University in Zimbabwe and Wesley House in Cambridge, England. The project will receive $100,000 this year from The United Methodist Church’s Central Conference Theological Education Fund (CCTEF). The partnership will enable African scholars of theology to address issues facing

Erin Hawkins Named Convener of the United Methodist General Secretaries Table

April 3, 2019

Erin Hawkins, general secretary of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), has been elected unanimously to serve as convener of The United Methodist Church’s General Secretaries Table. She fulfills the term of Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, who will retire in June from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Hawkins will