GBOD Board of Directors Elects New Top Executive

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Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director
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                   GBOD Board of Directors Elects New Top Executive
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Oct. 10, 2013 /GBOD/ – The board of directors of The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) on Thursday elected the Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias, senior pastor of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, to be the agency’s new General Secretary (top executive).

Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky of the Denver episcopal area and GBOD president, who announced the election during the board’s regular meeting, said Bias is “distinctly gifted to lead the whole church – from top to bottom – in a movement of renewed discipleship and to lead the agency through a season of change.”

Stanovsky said the Search Committee was impressed by the transformational leadership of Bias at First UMC in Peoria, Ill., from 1999-2009, and since then at Hyde Park UMC in Cincinnati.

“Dr. Bias leads people into small faith formation groups where they experience a Wesleyan model of discipleship that integrates inward faith and outward mission,” the bishop said. “Under his leadership both churches grew in all measures of vitality: membership, participation, stewardship, spiritual practice and transformational mission with their local communities and globally.”

Bias, who becomes general secretary on Jan. 15, will take over from Rev. Karen Greenwaldt, who retires Dec. 31 after serving 13 years as GBOD’s chief executive. Current Associate General Secretary at GBOD, MaryJane Pierce Norton, will be acting General Secretary from Jan. 1-15.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the United Methodist Church in this capacity, and I am excited about the possibilities that are before us as the GBOD and as a denomination,” Bias said. “I look forward to working with the staff and the directors in building the disciple-making systems that will, indeed, change the world.”

Bias has served the denomination in three Annual Conferences – West Virginia, Illinois Great Rivers and West Ohio – and was GBOD’s director of proclamation evangelism from 1995-1999, where he was instrumental in convening the Large Church Initiative. He also served the general church as a member of the Board of Directors for The General Board of Global Ministries from 2004-2012. His ministry has been rural and urban and led him to Russia, West Africa and Appalachia.

A local church pastor for 36 years, Bias is the author of numerous books and articles about faith and the church.

Since 2010, Bias has been director of the Appalachian Local Pastors School, a ministry of Red Bird Missionary Conference in southeastern Kentucky that offers training for local pastors from 18 annual conferences in Appalachia. He has taught preaching, pastoral care, evangelism and theology at the school since it opened in 1991.

Bias is a graduate of Marshall University and received his Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1980 and his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in 1991. He was ordained as an Elder in 1981.

A native of Ashland, Ky., Bias and his wife, Kimberly Raynes, have two children and three grandchildren.
GBOD’s mission is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. Visit for more information or call the Communications Office at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 1726.

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CY 2013-2014

Vision: EMPAC-UMWSCS equipped for leadership, service, and mission for a      transformed humane society.
Mission: To make discipleship of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Quadrennial Theme: Empowered Women in Jesus Christ: Enabling, Discipling, Transforming
Enabling: To develop leadership potentials and capabilities towards witness and service. (Phil. 4:13)
Discipling: To accept and grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and share the saving so all women will become disciples too. (Mtt. 28:19-20)
Transforming: To experience a new life in Christ for effective and efficient Christian witness for the church and community. (Romans 12:1-2)

Programs/Activities   Persons/Committees  Responsible /  Time Table  / Venue /Remarks
1.- Spiritual Retreat & Leadership Training  – Execom/SLW -  July 26, 2013  -Lazaga Res. Samal Island – Completed
2. Planning & Budgeting-   Execom – July 27, 2013-  Babak, Samal .- Completed
3. District Assembly SED – Jan. 16-18, 2014- Cathedral UMC D.C.// NED Jan.   24-25, 2014 – Centernary UMC,  – San Fran.
4. Annual Assembly – Execom – Feb. 13-14, 2014-  FUMC, Obrero
5. East Asia Conference – March 26-29, 2014 – Singapore
6. Biennial – May 3-6, 2014 – Tagaytay City
1.- To conduct and encourage local WSCS to study the doctrinal standard of the UMC-  Annual/ SED/ NED -  Per Schedule. -  Cluster fellowship – Venue of cluster Fellowship
2.- To conduct forum/encourage the practice means of grace, works of piety and works of mercy. – Annual/ SED/ NED – Per Schedule. Cluster fellowship – Venue of cluster Fellowship
1.- Ministry for the poor
1.1- Advocacy Ministry on women, Children, OFWs & Marginal Sectors. Execom/- Service & Project Coordinators-  Continuing
1.2- To Organize EMPAC Ubuntu Sisters (Street Children, victims of violence) Execom – Nov. 2013- April 2014 – Davao City
2.- Protection of the environment
2.1- To encourage and advocate
3 Rs/ 3Ms Annual, District Officers Continuing Local Churches
2.2 To encourage provision of 3 garbage bins for malata, di malata, ug mabaligya. WSCS Members
Local Churches Continuing Local Churches
3.- To request from EMPAC an area of 2.5 hectares. In San Andres
3.1 To maintain and plant500 rubber trees and practice organic farming. – Service & project Coordinator-  Continuing- San Andres
4.- Engage in Income Generating Project All Local Churches- SP
5.- To continue giving enrollment Assistance to student in the seminary.(Pastor Edison Umayam) Annual Officers June & October
1. To conduct forum on the organizational structure of The United Methodist Church- Annual Coordinator- Study & Program – During Assemblies & Cluster-  Assembly & Cluster Venue
2. To identify and implement ministry for older adults of the local churches Local churches Coordinators of study and Program – Continuing
E. VISITATION – Annual Execom-  Members in need (death & illness)-  Local churches

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Matthew 7:12; Galatians 6:1-10

Today we are celebrating Heritage Sunday. It is good for us to consider and reflect on one of the valuable legacies which we have from our Methodist forbears, the General rules of the Methodist societies.
The Wesley brothers, John and Charles Wesley were recognized as leaders of the Evangelical Revival and Pietistic movement in Great Britain. The Methodist Societies in England therefore came out of the pietistic movement that was awakening the religious life of Great Britain.
Now pietism is “a style of Christian of living which sought to renew personal religious life amid the deadness of orthodoxy, through Bible study, prayer, personal morality, and works of charity.”
There is only one condition required of those who desire admission into these societies: “…a desire to flee from the wrath to come and to be saved from their sins. Whenever this desire is really true, it will be shown by its fruits.”
As members of this society they were expected to continue their desire of salvation, by following the following rules:

1. By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind;
2. By doing good; by being in every kind merciful after their power; as
they have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, as far as possible to all men.
3. By attending upon all the ordinances of God.

Now let me invite you to reflect further on these rules, since they have become part of our doctrinal heritage and practice.

1. Now rule number one, which is “Doing no harm and Avoiding evil
of every kind” exists in many other religions and famous minds:

Hillel, one of the greatest Jewish rabbi, said: “What is hateful to thee, do not do to others. That is the whole law, all else is explanation. Philo, the great Jew of Alexandria said, “What you hater to suffer do not do to anyone else.”
Socrates, the Greek orator, said “What things makes you angry when you suffer them at the hands of others, do not do it to them.”  Confucius, the founder of Confucianism in Asia, said” What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
The Greek stoics have one of their basic rules, “What you do not wish to be done to you, do not do to anyone.”
Such is the universality of this rule that it is also relevant and applicable to us today. Let us look at the example of what early Methodist did to fulfill this rule.

First group is: Doing No Harm to our Relationship with God.
1. The taking of the name of God in vain.
2. Profaning the day of the Lord, either by doing ordinary work
therein or by buying or selling.
3. Doing what we know is not for the glory of God.

Second group is: Doing No Harm to Others.
1. Slaveholding or buying or selling slaves.
2. Fighting, quarreling, brawling, brother going to law with brother,
returning evil for evil, using of many word in buying or selling.
3. The giving or taking of things on usury, that unlawful interest.
4. Borrowing without a probability of paying; or taking up good
without a probability of paying for them.

Third group is: Doing No Harm to the government or Leaders.
1. The buying or selling of goods that have not paid the duty.
2. The uncharitable or unprofitable conversation particularly speaking
evil of magistrates or ministers.

Fourth group is: Doing No Harm to yourself.
1. Drunkenness, buying or selling of spirituous liquors, or drinking
them, unless in cases of extreme necessity;
3. Softness and needless self-indulgence; (Without self-control)
4. Laying up treasures upon earth (Greediness)

II. Rule Number two is: Doing good; by being in every kind merciful
after their power; as they have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, and as far possible to all men.

Here you will easily recognize that rule number two is the golden rule in the positive form. The difference between the two is that of a new attitude to our fellowmen which makes life more beautiful. Take a simple analogy: a law can compel a driver to drive in such a way that he does not harm or injure anyone else on the road; but no law can compel him to stop and to give a lift to a weary traveler. If he does it, it is love, it is kindness, it is mercy and it a voluntary act out of a generous heart.
Now this rule speaks of doing it as we have OPPORTUNITY. This opportunity in general is our lifetime; but there are also many particular opportunities in whatever time or place and in whatever manner we can.
The examples in rule number two are divided in four groups.
1. Doing good to the physical needs of others, such as giving food to
the hungry, clothing the naked, and visiting and helping those who are sick and in prison.
This speaks of the strong social concern of the United Methodist church today to all persons in need regardless of race, religion and political beliefs. In Russia the United Methodist church is known more as UMCOR or United committee on Relief.
2. Doing good to their souls, by instructing, reproving, or exhorting all
that we meet; trampling under foot that enthusiastic doctrine that we are not to do unless our hearts be free to it.
This speaks of the strong evangelistic and missionary work of the
Methodist Church. At first it was a British movement, then it become American, and then spread to many parts of the world, and today it is envisioned to become a global church. This is made possible because of it’s the strong evangelistic and missionary work in many parts of the world. When the people called Methodist losses to practice this rule then it will start to die and losses its power too.
3. Doing good, especially to them that are of the household of faith.
How? By employing them preferably to others; buying from them; helping each other in business, and so much the more because the world will love its own and them only.
The Chinese are doing it in their business dealings, the Masons are doing in their fraternity, and the INC is superbly practicing it. The people called Methodist could rediscover their heritage, and I am sure we will make the difference in our fellowship and in our spiritual lives. Remember, you are a Methodist.
4. By practicing diligence and frugality, and running the race that is
set before us by our Lord.
Doing good to ourselves should not be neglected. It is our strength of
being able to do good to others. We are urged to be a hard worker, industrious, thrifty and with enthusiasm to press.

III. Rule Number three, is attending upon all the ordinances of God.
1. Public Worship of God. The early Methodist societies check
attendance during worship. The Iglesia Ni Cristo I heard requires it. The Rotary and other organizations collect fines for absences. How about the people called Methodist now? Your presence or your absence in worship is an evidence of your desire for salvation. God knows about it.
This also reminds us of the importance of Baptism and partaking of the Holy Communion, which are means of God’s grace to sanctify and edify us in our daily life.
2. The ministry of the Word, and searching the scriptures. The
Ministry of the Word is done when it is read, expounded and taught in groups or preach during worship. Group Bible studies, Sunday School, Bible Sharing and Bible Exhortation are examples of this that we are urging to participate.
3. Fasting and abstinence is done for many reasons. Some for health
and dieting, some for noble financial concerns, but most of all that we may devote our time and effort to meditate on life and God’s will for us.
4. Family and Private prayer. Let me tell you a story. A pastor once
visited a family and had the courage to ask whether the family do have a family devotion or family prayer. The mother of the family responded, “No, pastor we don’t have time for it.” The Pastor continued to say, “Suppose you knew that one of your children will get sick, if you did not pray together, would you have some kind of family prayer?” The mother answered, “Yes.” “Suppose,” the pastor continued, “you knew that on the day you failed to pray together, one of your children will have an accident, would you pray together?” “I suppose so,” countered the mother. The Pastor pressed on to say, “suppose every that you failed to pray together, you would lose one hundred pesos. Would you neglect to pray?” “I am sure we would pray together,” answered the father. “What’s the idea of all these questions” asked the mother. The Pastor Answered, “Your problem is not time. You could find the time. The problem is that you don’t think family prayer is important, as important as keeping your children healthy and not losing one hundred pesos.
The blessing of god won through prayer is more important than anything else and all things else you can think of.
Now brothers and sisters, following these rules will not save you, however, doing it will surely help and sustain you in the faith and in your desire to flee from the wrath to come and be saved from your sins.
Today as it has been, we urge and challenge all people called Methodist, together with all other Christians to join us in our desire to flee from the wrath to come and be saved from our sins.
May the Lord have mercy upon us, and pour his sanctifying grace that through the power of the Holy Spirit we may be enabled to grow in the love of God and empowered to love our neighbors. Amen.
(Shared by Rev. Francisco Bilog at Tagum United Methodist Church May 2013)

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World Communion Sunday, Oct. 6

World Communion Sunday, Oct. 6

From: General Board of Church and Society Website


Offering supports mentoring program for seminary students

September 09, 2013

Oct. 6 is designated as World Communion Sunday, one of the six churchwide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. World Communion Sunday provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

World Communion Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday in October.

The World Communion Sunday offering is divided as follows:

·         50% — Crusade Scholarship program, at least half must go beyond the United States;

·         35% — Ethnic Scholarship program;

·         15% —Ethnic In-Service Training program.

Journey Toward Ordained Ministry

Six seminary students involved in a scholarship and mentoring program for racial-ethnic students graduated this year receiving their M.Div. degree. They plan to be ordained as deacons or elders in The United Methodist Church. That brings the total of graduates who took part in the Journey Toward Ordained Ministry (JTOM) program to 19 since it began in 2004.

Six seminary students involved in a scholarship and mentoring program for racial-ethnic students graduated this year. They plan to be ordained as deacons or elders in The United Methodist Church. Shown from left, front, are Analisa Trejo Barrington, JiHun Yoo and Paul Trejo. From left, back, are John Wang, Tabitha Mock-Scott and Tariq Cummings.

Funding for JTOM comes from local church offerings on World Communion Sunday. The receipts allocated to the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) are earmarked for scholarships for racial-ethnic students.

Students say they learn a great deal at the retreats and from mentors, in addition to the financial support of a $5,000 scholarship each year.

Analisa Barrington of Perkins School of Theology credited the program with enabling her to interact with people from many different ethnic and economic backgrounds. “One of the greatest things I learned is that no matter what your background, when your identity is [centered] in Christ, you have so much more in common than you ever realized,” she said.

Barrington graduated this year from Perkins in Dallas, where she also serves as youth pastor at Highland Park United Methodist.

Broad range of backgrounds

Allyson Collinsworth, executive director of GBHEM’s Office of Loans & Scholarships, said the $5,000 awarded to each JTOM recipient is considered a significant amount when compared to the average awards from other scholarship programs through the board, but said the mentoring component is also invaluable.

The students are able to form their own community … in dealing with realities within the context of ministry within their ethnic communities.

“The students are able to form their own community that is safe and specifically helpful in dealing with realities within the context of ministry within their ethnic communities,” Collinsworth said.

The six 2013 graduates come from a broad range of ethnic backgrounds.

John Wang, a graduate of the Divinity School, Duke University, began serving this summer as a licensed local pastor at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Spokane, Wash.

“My mentor stressed the need for a disciplined and healthy prayer life through prayer and Scripture,” Wang said. “She also advised me to develop a support network of close relationships with local pastors in my area.”

His mentor helped Wang to see the importance of rest and care for himself to avoid physical and emotional burnout, according to him.

Open to God’s grace

Tariq Cummings, a graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta summed up his experience in JTOM this way:

Through the time spent with my sisters and brothers, I have learned to always be open to the power and presence of God’s grace. From my mentors, I have learned that God will definitely give you the grace for the journey. Through the time spent in retreat, I have acquired skills in leadership that are sure to help me in the days to come.

Cummings will be appointed in the North Georgia Conference to Allgood Road United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain, Ga. He also plans to continue his candidacy towards elder’s orders in The United Methodist Church.

Perkins School of Theology graduate Paul Trejo will be working over the summer with Southwest Texas Conference staff for youth and college ministries.

The other two graduates this year are Tabitha Mock-Scott, Gammon Theological Seminary; and Ji Hun Yoo of Boston University School of Theology.

Support World Communion Sunday

To learn more about supporting racial-ethnic students, visit You can donate online, order resources to observe World Communion Sunday, or read inspiring stories of students who benefited.

Please encourage your leaders and congregations to give to the World Communion Sunday offering.

You can give to the World Communion Sunday offering at any time: Donate now.

To learn more, go to World Communion Sunday.

You can obtain free resources such as bulletin inserts, Children’s stories, sermons, offering envelopes and posters, at Resources.

More information is available at United Methodist Special Sundays.

Editor’s note: The information about Journey Toward Ordained Ministry is an excerpt from a General Board of Higher Education & Ministry news release by the Rev. Helen Neinast, a freelance writer in Lakemont, Ga.

Future dates of World Communion Sunday are as follows:

·         Oct. 5, 2014

·         Oct. 4, 2015

·         Oct. 2, 2016

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Global Young People’s Convocation 2014 in the Philippines!

Global Young People’s Convocation 2014 in the Philippines!

Yes, the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly (GYPCLA) will be held in the Philippines! On July 16-20, 2014 at the CCT Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center in Tagaytay, Cavite Province.

The GYPCLA is held every quadrennial (four years). Each Central and Jurisdictional conference is allocated five youth, five young adults, and two adult workers as voting delegates. Central Conferences are asked to use the age ranges for youth (up to 24) and young adults (up to 35) that are used for membership on the DMYP. Delegates should be chosen through the Youth/Young Adult organizations of the Central or Jurisdictional Conferences and should be chosen by the age that they will be when the even occurs.

Twelve non-voting delegates spaces are available to each Central and Jurisdictional conference. Those non-voting spaces will be available until January 10, 2014. After that date, any remaining spaces will be made available across the church until we have reached our maximum capacity.

Registration will be available beginning October 1, 2013. All voting delegates should be chosen by this date to assure adequate time for visa acquisition and other preparation for involvement in the Convocation.

The cost will be $290USD for voting delegates and $390USD for non-voting delegates. This includes registration, lodging, food, and local transportation. Transportation expenses to Manila are in addition to the registration fee. Each participant will be expected to contribute to the cost of his or her involvement.

For more information, you can visit DMYP on Facebook and their website,     /

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GBOD Board Meets in Historic Denver Session


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Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director
(615) 340-1726 (O) (615) 429-3431 (C)

Editors: Bishop Stanovsky headshot attached (UMNS photo)

GBOD Board Meets in Historic Denver Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Aug. 21, 2013 /GBOD/ – The board of directors of the General Board of Discipleship joined Denver-area church leaders in mission work and conversations about  agency’s service to local congregations during an historic August meeting held for the first time away from GBOD’s offices in Nashville.

The meeting was hosted Aug. 1-3 in Denver by Bishop Elaine Stanovsky of the Denver episcopal area, who chairs the board.

“The smaller board size made it possible for GBOD to meet outside Nashville for the first time in its 40-year history,” Stanovsky said.

Gathering with conference leaders and clergy and laity from local congregations allowed GBOD board and staff to “experience the challenges and joys of vital ministry in a variety of forms,” the bishop said.

“Interaction between board members and staff and local leaders was absolutely electric, helping leaders learn the variety of resources available through GBOD and the board learn firsthand the extraordinary frustration and creativity of local pastors and lay leaders,” she said.

The board hosted a dinner with area pastors and laity at Hope United Methodist Church in nearby Greenwood Village and talked about local ministries. The board and staff also participated in a local mission effort, After Hours, which serves lunch and communion to homeless people in downtown Denver each day. The ministry also meets for worship and Bible study in various bars during the week.

One afternoon, the board met at Trinity UMC, Denver’s first church, to learn about the historical place of worship and about its present-day ministries that reach hundreds of people in the Denver area.

Progress in the board’s search for a new GBOD General Secretary was discussed during two executive sessions.

“The committee reported it had received 34 applications,” the bishop said. “It has narrowed the field to four strong candidates to interview. Our hope is to bring a nominee to the board in October for election.”

Current General Secretary Karen Greenwaldt is retiring from the agency’s top leadership post in December after 13 years. The new General Secretary will assume the position on Jan. 1.

GBOD’s mission is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. Visit for more information or call the Communications Office at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 1726.

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Means of Grace in Our Spiritual Journey



Christian Methodist is reminded by John Wesley to grow to maturity by living the means of grace in his/her spiritual journey.


Spiritual Disciplines: Works of Piety

John Wesley believed that the “means of grace” included both “works of piety” (instituted means of grace) and “works of mercy” (prudential means of grace). Works of piety included:


prayer, whether in secret or with the great congregation;


searching the Scriptures; (which implies reading, hearing, and meditating thereon;) and


receiving the Lord’s Supper, eating bread and drinking wine in remembrance of Him: And these we believe to be ordained of God, as the ordinary channels of conveying his grace to the souls of men.


John Wesley

  • considered prayer an essential part of Christian living. He called it, in many of his writings, the most important means of grace.
  • read the Bible every day, usually early in the day or late in the evening. A scholar, his Explanatory Notes on the New Testament and his sermons are a part of the Doctrinal Standards of The United Methodist Church.
  • emphasized the importance of fasting and participating in Christian community. He fasted two days a week, Wednesdays and Fridays, in his younger days, and Fridays when he was older.


Mission: The Works of Mercy

Most simply defined, “works of mercy” are “doing good.” John Wesley believed that “means of grace,” included both “works of piety” (instituted means of grace) and “works of mercy” (prudential means of grace).


He preached that Christians must do both works of piety and works of mercy in order to move on toward Christian perfection.


Wesley taught that people must be Christians in both word and deed, which were to express the love of God. He believed that Christians must grow in God’s grace, which first prepares us for belief, then accepts us when we respond to God in faith, and sustains us as we do good works and participate in God’s mission. John Wesley not only preached about works of mercy, he “practiced” what he preached. He:

  • lived modestly and gave all he could to help people who were poor
  • visited people in prison and provided spiritual guidance, food, and clothing to them
  • spoke out against slavery and forbade it in Methodism
  • founded schools at the Foundery in London, Bristol, and Newcastle
  • published books, pamphlets, and magazines for the education and spiritual edification of people
  • taught and wrote about good health practices and even dispensed medicine from his chapels

Wesley believed that Christians could not have authentic personal holiness without social holiness.

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NEW, Smaller GBOD Board Meets to Organize

New, Smaller GBOD Board Meets to Organize
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Oct. 1, 2012 /GBOD/ – The General Board of Discipleship’s new, smaller board, in its first organizational session, has selected Bishop Elaine Stanovsky of the Mountain Sky Episcopal area as president and the Rev. Eric Park, a district superintendent from Western Pennsylvania, as vice president for the coming quadrennium.

The board, which was reduced to 23 members from 60 members by the 2012 General Conference, also created a new working structure and meeting schedule during its initial session in Nashville last week.
“The Board members were in good spirit as they engaged in learning and conversation about their roles and responsibilities, which fall into three major categories—fiduciary, strategic and generative,” said Karen Greenwaldt, GBOD’s General Secretary (top executive).

Greenwaldt, during her annual address to the board, announced that she plans to retire, effective Dec. 31, 2013, after serving 13 years a General Secretary.

Bishop Stanovsky said she will form a search committee in 2013 to find new General Secretary, with a goal to have a new leader by the beginning of 2014.

In addition to Stanovsky and Park, Brenda Carter, a lawyer from North Carolina, was elected as secretary, and the Rev Charles Carnahan, Chief Administration Officer and Treasurer of GBOD, was elected board treasurer. He will not have a vote because he is on staff.

Under an adopted quadrennial meeting plan, the new board will gather in session up to three times annually during the coming four years.

In other actions, the board adopted a member policies and procedures manual and received all mandated and referred legislation and resolutions from the 2012 General Conference.

The board also approved ministry grants for Young People’s Ministry projects, for Youth Service Fund grants and for scholarships for college students.
GBOD’s mission is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. Visit for more information or call the Communications Office at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 1726.
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Joy Eva Bohol, GBGM Mission Intern to Columbia

Joy Eva Bohol

Serving At: Centro Popular para América Latina de Comunicación (CEPALC)

Location:Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean

Home Country:Philippines, Asia and Pacific

Joy Eva Bohol.jpgJoy Eva A. Bohol is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church working with the Centro Popular para América Latina de Comunicación (CEPALC) in Bogotá, Colombia.

Mission interns engage in a 25-month international program that includes 20 months in a foreign placement, two-and-a-half months in training and transition (or itineration), and a final two-and-a-half months in a special project or itineration in their home countries. Interns integrate faith and justice by learning and working in communities that struggle with injustice and suffering. Joy Eva was commissioned in August 2013.

CEPALC was set up in 1978 to help the desperately poor of Colombia to use communications resources to support their claims to human rights and justice. The gap between the rich and poor in Colombia is staggering. CEPALC prepares resources and provides training intended to close that gap and achieve a more just society. Joy Eva assists in the programs involving women and children.

Joy Eva—her name is short for “Joyful Evangelist”—is from Cebu City in the Philippines, where she is a member of the Labangon First United Methodist Church. She received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of the Philippines. Her mother is clergy. Joy Eva has worked for an online newspaper; served as national president of The United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines; been a team member for Discipleship Resources in the Philippines; and worked as an Emmaus Walk community coordinator. She has taken part in mission trips within and outside the Philippines.

Luke 2:41–52, the passage about Jesus engaging with elders in the temple, exerted a strong influence upon her as a 12-year-old just beginning to be involved in the United Methodist Youth Fellowship. “In his youth and young adult life,” she says, “Jesus consistently lived a humble, faithful, and action-oriented life….He shares God’s message through object lessons and miracles. And as Jesus’ disciple, I am called to do the same.”

She has known for years that she would enter mission as a vocation, and she hopes that the United Methodist Church in the Philippines will soon launch a “domestic mission program for passionate young people.”

Contact Information:
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Additional Information:

·         Make an online donation to: Joy Eva Bohol #3021829.

·         Missionary Support Code: 3021829

·         Track Gifts for Current Year. For previous years, please use Online Gift Tracking and enter 3021829 for “Project Number.”

·         Last profile update: 19 Aug 2013- See more at:–Joy-Eva#sthash.z0ChsvyX.dpuf

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