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GBHEM announces deadlines for Central Conference and Young Clergy grants

Nashville, Tenn — The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced today the deadlines for applications for two grant programs. The deadline to apply for Central Conference Theological Education grants is Thursday, January 30, 2014. Central Conference Theological Education grants will be awarded for projects aimed at improving United Methodist theological education in the central conferences […]

Thinking outside of the box for pastoral leadership.

Who is providing pastoral leadership in United Methodist Churches?  Many of us think that seminary educated elders are providing the pastoral leadership for United Methodist churches, but here in the Tennessee Conference (where I live and work) and in many other conferences, the majority of United Methodist churches are not being served by seminary educated […]

GBHEM directors approve Dream Team plan for Young Clergy Initiative

By Vicki Brown* The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan to disburse funds from the $7 million Young Clergy Initiative to innovative projects of all sizes that could attract young people to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. On Monday, Board members made suggestions for improving […]

Kansas church helps youth discern call to ministry

By Jay Voorhees, Special Contributor… NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR) in Leawood, Kan., has been a passionate voice on the need to recruit, mentor, train and support young adults for ordained ministry in the UMC. This was demonstrated by his advocacy for the new […]

Young Clergy Summit – Focusing on a new generation of church leaders

By Jay Voorhees, Special Contributor… NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In the year 2032, if trends continue, the United Methodist Church will face a shortage of trained ordained elders for appointment to local congregations. This was just one of the factors which led the 2012 General Conference to create a $7 million Young Clergy Initiative Fund designed to “increase […]