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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

Bilingual Edition of Popular Mentoring Guide Now Available


March 27, 2019

Originally published in 1992, the sought-after guide “Mentors as Instruments of God’s Call: Biblical Reflections” by Justo L. González is now available in a special bilingual edition. Readers can follow along in English or Spanish in the new version from the Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership

Well-Being on Campus


March 25, 2019

Resources for individual well-being are one of the greatest needs of college students on campus according to a recent assessment surveying campus ministers and university chaplains across the United Methodist connection. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) saw the increasing concern for declining mental health and well-being among college students and decided

GBHEM Announces $2 Million in Grants to Expand the Capacity for Theological Education Around the World


March 22, 2019

The Commission on Central Conference Theological Education Fund (CCTEF) awarded 96 grants totaling $2 million to the seven Central Conferences of The United Methodist Church. The grants fund theological education initiatives at theological institutions, Boards of Ordained Ministry and associations integrally related to training United Methodist pastors around the world. Administered by GBHEM, the CCTEF

Learn to Manage Church Finances with this Simple Guide


March 21, 2019

Pastors and lay leaders now have a clear, easy-to-use guidebook for church finances with “Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices for Faithful Stewardship,” by Bonnie Ives Marden. This important resource was recently released by the Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership development agency of The United

Rev. Greg Bergquist Named Acting General Secretary


March 15, 2019

On Friday, the board of directors for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced plans to appoint Rev. Greg Bergquist as the agency’s acting general secretary in June. Bergquist will take charge of GBHEM following the retirement of Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, who recently shared her intention to step down as general