In a new church started in Sibiu, Romania, the pastor, together with a professional musician, has built a community with young skaters who were not aware of the Christian faith previously.
In the Ivory Coast, the UMC has expanded its Christian radio program which became a voice of peace and reconciliation in times of high political tensions.
In the Philippines, the local churches of the UMC, under the leadership of their pastors, were among the first to reach out to neighbors in need after the natural disasters.
This video from Spring of Life UMC in Kiev, Ukraine, illustrates how United Methodist pastors serve as trusted community leaders responding to the needs of their community even when they and the congregation they serve are struggling.
In Liberia, scholarships for theological studies have enabled the UMC to build a new generation of teachers after the devastation of civil war.
In Sierra Leone, the UMC bishop was among the very first leaders to alert authorities to the rising Ebola crisis before it made headlines in the news.
Thousands of stories like these take place across our global connection. In order to minister effectively and be prepared to serve as leaders for the challenges of the world, we must provide our clergy with the necessary tools and resources to be successful through education in the Wesley tradition.