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Catherine Earl to Lead UMCOR’s Disaster Response and US Operations Partner Relations

1/19/2017

By Elliott Wright, Information Consultant for general board of global ministries Atlanta, Georgia, January 17, 2017—Catherine G. Earl, an experienced professional in disaster readiness, response, and recovery, is the new director of US operations and partner relations of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).    Thomas Kemper, chief ...


Thinking About Adding or Changing a Worship Service?

1/17/2017

DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards By Cindy Solomon, The Interpreter September/October 2016 Before swatting at the potential hornet's nest of tweaking or adding a worship service, consider the issues involved in making the change and learn from the experiences of those who have been there, done that. It may take the sting out of ...


GBHEM Begins 2017 with Updated Mission and Vision

1/13/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 10, 2016 – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) today announced the launch of a new mission and vision. The updated mission and vision simplify GBHEM’s role as the primary leadership development agency for The United Methodist Church.   GBHEM’s New Mission and Vision: Mission The General Board of ...


Africa University gets Boost from Non-church Partnerships

1/11/2017

Photo courtesy of Africa University An aerial view of Africa University, located in Mutare, Zimbabwe, shows the central area of the campus, with the chapel and library. By Jeff Wolfe, United Methodist News Service Africa University’s influence is spreading across the continent and around the globe through about 50 partnerships with government ...


Dr. King's Dream

1/10/2017

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was the major leader in the Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s and 60’s. He was a young man of amazing intelligence, courage, discipline and strength. Before he earned the titles “Reverend” and “Doctor,” and before being thrust into the midst of a monumental movement for freedom and unity, Martin Luther King, ...


New Year’s Resolutions to Equip New Leaders!

1/9/2017

Image by Michael McFatridge, CreationSwap.com From United Methodist Communications Do you want to get your church hopping in the New Year? Below are six motivating and inspiring ways to get your new leaders off to a positive start.When your leaders are engaged and focused, people in your congregation and community will become excited about the ...


Protecting Our Churches: Freeze Precaution

1/4/2017

During a severe cold spell, sprinkler or water pipes can freeze, burst and produce devastating losses. Water damage from this type of incident, known as a freeze-up, can affect products in storage, paperwork, records, furniture, machinery, computers and all types of electronic equipment. If the water leakage goes undetected for an extended period ...


2016 Year-end Statistical Reporting

1/3/2017

With the coming of the New Year, so comes the Statistical Reporting process. We will again be using the EZRA system provided by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) that we used in 2016. I think you will find the EZRA system very user friendly and is fairly easy to navigate. The link for reporting the 2016 statistics will be on...


GBHEM Expands Pastoral Education

1/3/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– The Division of Ordained Ministry at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced the establishment of three new options for the education of part-time licensed local pastors: an Extension of the Course of Study School of Ohio (COSSO) to be located at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, a satellite...


Looking Ahead: The Gathering 2017

12/20/2016

The Gathering 2017 is quickly approaching! I hope all of you are making plans to be with us this year as we strive for Bishop Swanson’s goal of 5,000 students in attendance!   I just wanted to give you a quick reminder, the early bird rate of $60 ends December 31, 2016. Those planning on attending can register here.  Check out the new FAQs page ...


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