UPDATE: Connect Anew is no longer active.
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has updated and expanded the information and resources.
The webpage features information about the work the agency is undertaking to evolve as the leadership needs of the denomination change. During this exciting transition, the agency encourages constituents to share the news using the downloadable graphics and Facebook frame found on the webpage.
GBHEM recently announced the launch of the CONNECT ANEW campaign, which encompasses initiatives to research the agency’s effectiveness, branding research and refresh, restructuring of the agency’s staff to maximize talents and resources, training initiatives within and outside of the agency and exploration for the physical location of GBHEM’s results-focused leadership center.
CONNECT ANEW impacts leaders who connect to and benefit from GBHEM’s leadership programs, services and processes. The agency has developed many connections to accomplish its supportive work in leadership development and formation across the United Methodist Connection.
In addition to the initiatives under CONNECT ANEW, GBHEM is continuing its current work within leadership development and education. This year the agency will launch the denomination’s first center for Clinical Pastoral Education, along with chaplaincy trainings around the globe (Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America). Additionally, EM360, a tool to help pastors and Annual Conferences set and achieve ministry goals, is available now across the Connection.
Students will learn if they are recipients of scholarship awards this summer. The award notices include seminarians who applied for the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship, which not only offers future pastors $2,500 to $12,500 in funding but financial counseling and education. Later this year, campus ministers and chaplains will also have an opportunity to learn ways to support students through a Campus Well-Being program.
“GBHEM remains committed to our service in the leadership area of focus for The United Methodist Church. We are taking on many new initiatives as we expand our service as a resource center for results-focused leadership formation and education across the United Methodist Connection,” said Charles Ray Bailey, deputy general secretary, GBHEM. “We are working to better equip and resource United Methodist clergy and lay leaders, educational institutions and students around the world.”
GBHEM will share updates and results on the initiatives and programs associated to CONNECT ANEW as they become available on the webpage.
About GBHEM: As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is to build capacity for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim and flourish in Christ’s calling in their lives, by creating connections and providing resources to aid in recruitment, education, professional development and spiritual formation. Every elder, deacon and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call in their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @GBHEM.