Global Education Fund presents opportunity
The fund-raising campaign for the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development begins this spring.
Ken Yamada, special assistant to the general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education, announced plans to increase awareness of the fund, raise $1.5 million this year and launch the African and Latin American regional arms of the funds.
"This effort really speaks to the church's role in developing leadership," Yamada said.
The 2004 General Conference approved the creation of the fund but left the mandate unfunded. In 2007, the Board of Higher Education and Ministry budgeted $300,000 for marketing and development efforts to increase awareness of the fund.
Planned as a four-year, $4 million program, the fund offers a three-pronged approach of technical assistance and sharing, on-site mentoring and scholarship support. It is a partnership that calls for shared vision, shared responsibilities and shared costs.
Each of five regions -- Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States -- will raise or pool funds and disburse them to approved sites and programs. Each region will participate in the development of programs at Methodist-affiliated schools, colleges, universities or theological schools.
"We will be defining an unprecedented model -- local impact with regional direction -- linked by a worldwide interconnection of knowledge and expertise," Yamada said.
In the technical assistance programs, Methodist-affiliated institutions will request assistance to create a leadership development programs that will address local needs for clergy or lay leaders. The requesting institution will fund the project. The Global Education Fund for Leadership Development will cover the cost of technical assistance and the board of higher education and ministry will help assemble a team to design the best possible program.
The Methodist Scholars program will place an outstanding Methodist leader at a requesting institution for six to 24 months to serve as a faculty member, chaplain or administrative leader.
The scholarship program will provide financial assistance to the best-qualified individual Methodists..
--Vicki Brown, associate editor and writer,
Office of Interpretation,
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
How to Give
* Make a gift through your church. In the memo line, mark your check: Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development, World Services Special Gift Number 05-06-04.
* Mail a check and your name and address, your church's name and address and your annual conference to:
General Council on Finance & Administration
The United Methodist Church
1 Music Circle North
P.O. Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203-0029