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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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Preparing Global Leaders

Methodist Global Education and Leadership Development 

The Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development has established five regional offices for global education in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America to help develop lay and clergy leadership in each region. Each region is interconnected, sharing expertise and connectionalism at the global level. Learn more.

Regional Hubs

GBHEM has established hubs in each of five regions—Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America—that connect to the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development and regional associations of Methodist-related educational institutions. These hubs bring together the work of the MGEFLD offices, regional education networks and GBHEM. Learn more.


More than 800 higher education institutions worldwide are affiliated with the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU). A program of IAMSCU, the Methodist International Student Exchange Network (MISEN) connects participating institutions in the Methodist tradition, allowing students to study abroad at another institution for academic credit. Learn More.

E-Reader Project

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and Discipleship Ministries continue to expand the E-Reader Project, a simple, sustainable, and cost-effective way for 16 theology schools in Africa and four theology schools in Asia to access current textbooks. Through financial support from annual conferences, local churches, universities, and individual donors, we’re making theological education available to more people in more places than ever before. Learn more.

Africa University

Africa University, founded by The United Methodist Church in 1992 near Mutare, Zimbabwe, serves students from 28 countries across the continent of Africa. The university provides higher education of excellent quality, enriched with Christian values, for both men and women, developing visionary leaders of tomorrow for public health, food security, peace, stability, economic prosperity, and The United Methodist Church. Learn more.

Central Conference Theological Education Fund

The Commission on Central Conference Theological Education continues to distribute the $5 million fund for theological education in Africa, Europe, and the Philippines. So far, the commission has awarded 130 grants to fund training for local pastors, faculty development, provision of e-readers, curriculum development, and libraries at theological schools across 22 countries. Learn more.

Endowment Fund for Theological Education in the Central Conferences (Endow F-TECC)

The Endowment Fund for Theological Education in the Central Conferences (Endow F-TECC) was created by the Council of Bishops as a cost-effective and sustainable method for strengthening theological education in the central conferences. Its purpose is to strengthen theological education in the Wesleyan tradition in the central conferences of The United Methodist Church and prepare principled Christian leaders, rooted in a Wesleyan mindset of joining knowledge and vital piety. Funds will be available annually in support of scholarships, faculty development, resource materials and New Avenues in Theological Education. Endow F-TECC will provide a long-term source of funding for the Commission on Central Conference Theological Education, currently funded through World Service funds. Learn more.

Sol Africa

In the Sol Africa exchange program, pastors from the four Portuguese-speaking central conferences in Africa receive training at Methodist University in São Paulo, Brazil. The most recent goal of the partnership is to equip and empower Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) writers to produce theological literature that is relevant and appropriate to their local churches. Learn more.

Methodist E-Academy

The Methodist e-Academy, headquartered in Switzerland, aims to equip church leaders for ministry through distance learning, making use of the internet and other appropriate computer technology. Learn more.

Course of Study in French, Portuguese, Spanish

In the 2008-2012 quadrennium, the $2 million Africa Theological Education Initiative supported Course of Study development in French, Portuguese and English. This work continues today, supported by the Central Conference Theological Education Fund. El Curso de Estudio (Course of Study, in Spanish,) is available for non-English-speaking pastors in the United States who serve in a specialized environment, as well as in some Central American countries. Learn more.

World Methodist Collegiate Ministries

Collegiate Ministry is the official presence of The United Methodist Church on the college and university campuses of the world. Find a United Methodist campus ministry near you.

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