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.
Launch ceremony for the LEaD Hub in Maputo, Mozambique. Image courtesy of Higher Education and Ministry.

LEaD Hubs launched in Mozambique and South Africa

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, formally launched Global Hubs for Leadership, Education and Development (LEaD Hubs) for Portuguese speakers and English speakers in areas of Africa.

The LEaD Hubs in Maputo, Mozambique and Johannesburg, South Africa will address needs of Methodist-related projects, programs, and initiatives and promote education as well as leadership development opportunities within area churches and communities.

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Engaging Head and Heart 


Engaging Head and Heart

At United Methodist-related institutions of higher education, you don't just exercise your mind. You also engage your heart. These communities provide an environment where students are able to analyze social structures while developing a robust faith and interpersonal skills needed to improve systems perceived to be unfair.

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2019 Spring Loan Application available:
Dec. 13, 2018 – May 2, 2019

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2019 Scholarship Application
Jan. 3 – Mar. 7, 2019

Scholarship Portal
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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Answering the Call: Candidacy Guidebook

New Candidacy Guide

Answering the Call, a guidebook for group mentoring of candidates for ordained ministry, is now available from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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