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.

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Dismantling Racism

A Statement of Prayer and Solidarity

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry offers some concrete steps to take to support racial equality through higher education and the efforts of United Methodist partner agencies:

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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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Wesleyan College. Courtesy of GBHEM. 2020

Higher Education & Ministry

College credit now available for local pastors

Higher Education and Ministry is excited to announce a series of new partnerships that will allow licensed local pastors to earn college credit for the Course of Study training program.

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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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