Higher Education and Ministry
	The Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe (center) rises with the help of Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. after she was ordained elder in the Oklahoma Conference June 1, 2016, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. Monroe and her father, Alan Nagel, both were ordained elder during the service, having graduated in the same class at Saint Paul School of Theology. Photo by Hugh W. Scott, Oklahoma Conference.

Higher Education & Ministry

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is called to embrace the ministry of learning and leadership formation in The United Methodist Church and the Wesleyan tradition; serving Christian leaders around the world who are defined, formed and shaped by a process of intellectual engagement, spiritual and character formation, and leadership development. 

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 leadership and discernment programs. Additionally, GBHEM supports a global network of more than 1,000 Methodist-related schools, colleges and universities.

Effective Ministry 360 Background. Courtesy of GBHEM. 2019.

Effective Ministry 360

Effective Ministry 360 (EM360) is a formation process to support pastors and congregations in meeting annual conferences’ and local churches’ mission and ministry goals.

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Higher Education & Ministry

Coronavirus at the crossroads of faith and science

This archived e-panel discussion features infectious disease expert Dr. James E.K. Hildreth and the Rev. Randy L. Maddox, a globally renowned theologian, sharing their expertise on the biology and theology of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Awakened Life is an eight-week small group curriculum designed to equip chaplains, collegiate ministers and spiritual leaders in helping college students navigate emotional disturbance, build resiliency and learn psychosocial skills.  Mockup courtesy of Bookinmotion.com.

Higher Education & Ministry

‘The Awakened Life’ curriculum helps students find peace, balance, and focus

This eight-week curriculum equips chaplains, collegiate ministers and spiritual leaders to teach students to be more present and navigate the pressures of college through daily mindfulness practices.

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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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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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