General Agency: General Board of Higher Education and 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 its 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.
General agencies are the regularly established councils, boards, commissions, committees, or other units with ongoing responsibilities that have been constituted by the General Conference. They provide essential services and ministries beyond the scope of individual local congregations and annual conferences through services and ministries that are highly focused, flexible, and capable of rapid response.
(For more about General Agencies see ¶701 of The United Methodist Book of Discipline)