Higher Education & Ministry
Dean Yatta R. Young addresses students during an orientation meeting for students of the United Methodist University Graduate School of Theology in Liberia. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Higher Education & Ministry

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) leads and serves the denomination in recruiting, preparing, nurturing, educating and supporting Christian leaders, both lay and clergy. It assists those pursuing professional ministry through ordination, certification or licensed ministry. Resources and events help young adults and others hear, discern and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry. The agency also supports a network of 119 United Methodist-related schools, colleges and universities in the United States, including 13 schools of theology. Through a network of chaplaincies, Wesley Foundations, ecumenical ministries and church-based ministries, The United Methodist Church reaches more than 1,300 campuses around the world.
EM360 Background. Courtesy of GBHEM. 2019.

Higher Education & Ministry

Effective Ministry 360

Effective Ministry 360 helps local church leaders evaluation their ministries in order to identify areas of success and establish practical goals/benchmarks for the future.

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Questions to consider as you discern how to answer God's call. Image courtesy of Higher Education and Ministry.

Higher Education & Ministry

Three questions to challenge — and one to encourage — your answer to God’s call

The Rev. Kim Cape, former General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, has four questions to help you discern what God's love may be calling you to do in your life.

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Students walk on the academic quad with Perkins Library in background on the campus of Duke University. Photo by Les Todd, Duke University.

Higher Education

New guide and training to help students' mental well-being

“The Awakened Life: An 8-Week Guide to Student Well-Being” is an exciting new training program and hands-on guide offered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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Find a UM school or collegiate ministry 

Find a United Methodist-related college or university to begin your journey and to discover, claim and flourish in your leadership calling. Image courtesy of Higher Education and Ministry.

Are you a student considering a United Methodist-related college or university? Pursuing licensing or ordination? Interested in being involved in campus ministry?

Find a place to begin your journey and to discover, claim and flourish in your leadership calling.

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2019 Fall Loan application available 
May 6–Oct. 15
for June-December.
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The Fall 2019 scholarship application is now closed. Applications for Fall 2020 will be available Jan. 3, 2020 and close March 5, 2020.
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For other scholarship opportunities within The United Methodist Church, visit the scholarship portal.

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Called to Serve

Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors

The United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA) recruits, endorses and supports clergy in more than 25 ministry settings beyond church walls. Learn about the different ways clergy serve.

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Higher Education & Ministry

Licensing and Course of Study

If God is calling you to become a pastor, but you do not see seminary as a possibility, you may want to consider becoming a local pastor.

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