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‘Discipleship Ministries’ is agency’s new identity

Discipleship Ministries has officially become the new name of the general agency of The United Methodist Church known for years as The General Board of Discipleship, or GBOD.

The name change, which includes new addresses for the website and agency personnel emails, was announced by Dr. Timothy L. Bias, General Secretary (chief executive) of Discipleship Ministries.

“The shift from General Board of Discipleship to Discipleship Ministries was an intentional decision to more clearly communicate the work we do for The United Methodist Church,” Bias said. “On one level, we are adopting a ministry position. We want to listen and develop resources that help leaders make disciples and transform the world. The process of disciple-making is essential as we seek to develop and sustain vital congregations.

Early-bird rates for YOUTH 2015 ending + lineup announcements

Youth and youth leaders planning to attend YOUTH 2015, the national gathering for United Methodist youth next June in Orlando, can take advantage of the best possible price for the four-day event by registering before Jan 31.

GBHEM and GBOD renew and expand e-readers for theological education agreement

A pilot project to provide e-readers loaded with theological texts has proven so successful that GBHEM General Secretary Kim Cape and GBOD General Secretary Tim Bias renewed their joint agreement, continuing this interagency collaboration until December 2016.

DS/DCM Orientation Cultivating Vital Ministries

  By Michael Rich “This training is like receiving a large suit of clothes that I haven’t grown into yet,” that’s according to an insight that Myron Wingfield, coordinator of the event, discovered from a 2013 participant. District Superintendents and Conference Directors of Connectional Ministries from across the connection gathered from August 24-28, 2014 at […]

Global Young People Adopt Petitions for the General Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD) – Despite enduring a devastating typhoon, United Methodist young people and adult leaders from 34 countries successfully completed their convocation and legislative assembly in the Philippines and adopted petitions for presentation to the next General Conference. As participants in the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly (GYPCLA), organized by Young People’s […]

Back-to-school resources available on GBOD website

A collection of back-to-school resources to help congregations and families prepare for the new school year – from prayers and litanies to articles about bullying – are now available at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) website.

United Methodist Young People Urge Denomination to Promote Unity

MANILA, Philippines / GBOD – United Methodist young people from around the world have urged leaders of the denomination to “seek solutions that promote our global unity” and not be divided by issues such as homosexuality. The Global Young People’s Convocation & Legislative Assembly, attended by more than 300 youth, young adults, and observers, adopted the […]

Christian Hip-hop Artist Tedashii Headlines Youth 2015 GO ON Tour

DYMP’s Youth 2015 GO ON Tour kicks off in ATL Sept 13

Leadership conference considers evangelism from a Wesleyan perspective

Participants from around the U.S. joined together for the 4th annual Wesleyan Leadership Conference, which focused this year on evangelism.

Cataldo to join GBOD as Director of Laity in Leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jodi L. Cataldo, Director of Leadership Development for the Dakotas Annual Conference, will become the Director of Laity in Leadership at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) on Dec. 1. Cataldo, who has served on the conference staff since 2010, previously served both on staff and as a missionary for the General […]