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Rev. Greg Bergquist Named Acting General Secretary

by: GBHEM

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

GBHEM General Secretary Plans to Retire in 2019

by: GBHEM

March 13, 2019

In a speech to employees on Wednesday, Rev. Dr. Kim Cape announced plans to retire as the general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) later this year. She has directed GBHEM, the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, since 2011. Cape has served under appointment with The United

Can the UMC Sustain 13 Seminaries? A New Study Investigates

by: GBHEM

March 11, 2019

Are 13 theological schools sustainable by the United Methodist Church (UMC)? A new, independent study found data for that question.   In his “Study of the Thirteen Official Theological Schools of The United Methodist Church,” Daniel O. Aleshire, former executive director of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), identifies characteristics that set the UMC theological schools apart from those of other denominations. These include racial and ethnic diversity, higher percentage of

Four Steps to Improve Agency Efficiency and Effectiveness

by: GBHEM

March 7, 2019

In early 2018, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) launched a new strategic process to ensure the greatest return on investment for its work. Its goal is to bolster the efficiency and impact of GBHEM’s many services as the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church (UMC). GBHEM partnered with the

Specially Designed E-Readers Support Students in Africa

by: GBHEM

March 4, 2019

United Methodist college and university students in Africa will soon have a unique, affordable tool to help them study. After nearly two years of discussions and research, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and the African Association of Methodist Institutions of Higher Education (AAMIHE) have procured 1,000 custom e-readers to give to

Annual Conference Leaders Make Plans for Eight-Year Assessment Process

by: GBHEM

February 22, 2019

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) hosted a three-day training, February 19-21, for Annual Conference leaders focused on understanding, developing and implementing the Eight-Year Assessment (EYA) as sanctioned by the 2016 General Conference and described in paragraph 349 of the “Book of Discipline.” The training provided insights into clergy wellness, occupational burnout and

Three Opportunities for Grace at the Special General Conference

February 21, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of e. e. cummings’ poems includes the phrase “even if it’s sunday may i be wrong.” It suggests the humility present in the Christian walk, where being “right” is not always paramount. Rather, we are to look outside of ourselves, to our greater God, and consider that we

New Anthology Sparks Theological Discussion of Displacement and Marginalization

by: GBHEMMadm

February 19, 2019

Readers are called to remember that Jesus was an immigrant in the new book, “Displaced Persons: Theological Reflection on Immigration, Refugees, and Marginalization.” This thoughtful anthology was released by the Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, and offers a springboard

GBHEM Reorganizes Its Deacon Support

February 14, 2019

Deacons and diaconal ministers will receive support in new ways from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), The United Methodist Church’s leadership development agency. Due to the projected reduction in denominational funding from 2021 through 2025, GBHEM is not staffing the position of Director of Deacon Ministry Support for the foreseeable future.

Deadline Approaching for Ethnic In-Service Training Grant Proposals

February 12, 2019

Applications are now available for the annual Ethnic In-Service Training (EIST) grants administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). As the leadership development agency for The United Methodist Church, GBHEM is committed to raising up new leaders from diverse backgrounds. Funds awarded through the EIST grant are an important part of