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Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development (81564-MH-R9999)

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The Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development
Reaffirmation and Reauthorization of the World Service Special Gift – #05-06-04
  
Whereas, the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church approved the Global Education Fund and authorized the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to raise $4 million under the World Service Special Gift (#05-06-04) during the 2005-2008 quadrennium for the purpose of developing a new generation of Christian leaders who will inspire and transform the people of the world, and lead The United Methodist Church to become a truly global church through the world wide cooperative network of Methodist schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools;  
  
Whereas, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has been working on developing a case statement, creating a Methodist leadership development model, developing marketing and fund raising strategies, and conducting educational and technological infrastructure assessment in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States;
  
Whereas, at a request of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the General Council of Finance and Administration and the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church, approved the name change from the “Global Education Fund” to the “Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development” in September, 2006;  
  
Whereas, leadership development is recognized as one of The United Methodist Church’s most prominent and galvanizing issues and needs, and the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development is a dynamic mechanism for leveraging the connectional resources of The United Methodist Church to address its leadership crisis and to support the Church’s global mission;  
  
Whereas, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry serves as the lead program board for leadership development, and whereas reaffirming the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development and reauthorizing the raising of $4 million under the World Service Special Gift by the 2008 General Conference are absolutely necessary to undertake this initiative.  
  
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church reaffirms the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development and reauthorizes the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to raise $4 million under the World Service Special Gift during the 2009-2012 quadrennium;

Be It Further Resolved, that said Fund will be raised and managed under the leadership of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry;  
  
Be It Finally Resolved, that this resolution be recorded in the Book of Resolutions of the 2008 General Conference.  

Rationale

Reaffirming the 2004 resolution for the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development and reauthorizing the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to raise $4 million under the World Service Special Gift for the 2009-2012 quadrennium is necessary to keep this important initiative moving forward.