Information about various helpful resources
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
"The Florida Annual Conference stretches more than 700 miles from just west of Tallahassee to the Florida Keys. Between are 700 churches with more than 280,000 members from African-American, Anglo, Filipino, Haitian, Hispanic, Korean, Native American, Russian and Vietnamese backgrounds making up one dynamic church.
The Florida Annual Conference is in partnership with the Eastern Angola Conference and the Methodist Churches of Cuba and Haiti in the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. The conference is focused on fulfilling the vision of God's Kingdom through many transformation ministries, especially those with children and people in impoverished situations." (http://www.flumc.org/aboutus)
General Board of Higher Education and Minstry
"A passion for excellence in higher education, in theological education, and in ministry has always been a part of our Wesleyan heritage.
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is the church’s advocate for educational, institutional, and ministerial leadership. It operates on behalf of the church to prepare and assist those whose ministry in Christ is exercised through ordination, certification, or licensed ministry. The Board also provides general oversight and care for United Methodist institutions of higher education.
In response to the gospel's commission to "go ye therefore and teach," American Methodism has founded more than 1,200 institutions of higher education, among them some of the country's great colleges, universities, and theological seminaries.
GBHEM is organized into two program divisions (Ordained Ministry and Higher Education) and three offices (Communications, Loans and Scholarships, and Administration). The chief executive officer is the general secretary." (http://www.gbhem.org/about)
General Board of Discipleship
"An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples.
The agency connects leaders with needed resourcing, training, consulting, and networking that support spiritual formation, new church development, revitalization of local churches, and materials for use in Central Conferences. Discipleship Ministries has embarked upon an integrated, strategic direction that serves the church with continuity, based upon basic values and mission." (http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/about)