Higher Education and Campus Ministry
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESOURCING ongoing Education!
UMC Cyber Campus will increase general UMC access to materials that can help church leaders continue learning new skills, as well as updating and honing the leadership skills they already have.
The goal of UMC Cyber Campus is to effectively develop leadership for United Methodist clergy and laity using technology to foster a global church while lowering costs for leadership development. We are on target to launch this site in the fall of 2012, in collaboration with UM Communication.
UMC Cyber Campus will be a web site where people can find a 45 minute maximum recorded training resource about a subject that will be available anytime, anywhere, to anyone, if the internet is accessible. UMC Cyber Campus will nurture grassroots leadership from a distance, empower local leaders, encourage small group discussions, and provide more frequent opportunities to engage in United Methodist materials for leadership development, especially for the younger generations.
YOU can help build the virtual library of resources at UMC Cyber Campus!
Your Annual conference may already have visual educational or training materials available. Please submit your educational material as a standard video recording or a web conference recording using WebEx, if you have your own account. Below you will find the original proposal of the program and the submission forms (in printable or electronically fillable form) for your reference. These documents should answer most questions related to technicalities, submission of materials, quality standards, topical categories, project information, etc.
The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships and loans to more than 2,500 United Methodist undergraduate and graduate students. Among them, more than 400 are seminarians responding to their call to ministry and enrolled in seminaries and theological schools across the country.
Scholarships for the 2014 school year : To find how to apply or for more information, go online to www.gbhem.org/scholarships .
Applications for Ethnic In-Service Training Grants Open Now
Applications for grants to programs that recruit, train, and retain racial-ethnic United Methodists for leadership positions are being accepted through Sept. 30 by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Eight to 10 Ethnic In-Service Training grants , typically $5,000 to $10,000, are approved each year for programs that develop racial-ethnic leadership for every level of the UMC and its ministries. Funding for the grants comes from contributions to World Communion Sunday, observed this year on October 6, or any other Sunday your church chooses.
“These grants give the denomination the opportunity and capacity to significantly impact our neighbors and the world through meaningful outreach projects – for that we are grateful,” said Cynthia Bond Hopson, GBHEM’s assistant general secretary, Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns.
For the first time, the applications are online. Learn more or apply at www.gbhem.org/eist.
The New Mexico Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry is committed to making disciples for Christ through an actively supported Campus Ministries program. All of our campus ministries are expected to engage in ministry in the following areas: Spiritual Growth/Education/Christian Lifestyle; fellowship/community formation; mission/service/witness; care-giving/care providing; leadership development. In addition, our local units are expected to be able to report on two specific organizational areas: fundraising and awareness-raising strategies. All of our campus ministries are performing with excellence in these areas.
You can help support us by praying for campus ministries, becoming a member of a local board and encouraging your church to support campus ministry. Contact Campus Connections (see sublink under this page) when high school graduates in your family or church head off to college. Talk to people, form relationships and ask how to get involved in the life-changing campus ministries of the New Mexico Annual Conference.
If you have questions or concerns about your direction in choosing a college or educational pathway, feel free to contact one of the following:
or go to the General Board of Higher Education of The United Methodist Church
http://www.gbhem.org for additional resources.
CELEBRATE UNITED METHODIST STUDENT DAY, every day!
One of the 6 church-wide Special Sundays of our denomination, United Methodist Student Day furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities. The need is great, given our current economic downswing. Many United Methodist Students are facing great disappointment as giving is down.
Student Day is celebrated on November 27 this year. But, you can contribute anytime-- through your local church as the offering is received on that day, OR you can now contribute online at www.gbhem.org/.