About GBOD

GBOD AboutAn agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD (The General Board of Discipleship) 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. GBOD has embarked upon an integrated, strategic direction that serves the church with continuity, based upon basic values and mission.

For 40 years, GBOD has been on the journey of making disciples for Jesus Christ.

Every product, service, and ministry of GBOD begins with the mission of equipping world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ. GBOD is also harnessing its energies and those of its partners and colleagues to address important issues facing the church and the world. And for a world that is clearly in need of transformation, GBOD faithfully provides a wealth of learning opportunities for all areas of discipleship.

Acting on the recommendations of the Structure Study Committee, the 1972 United Methodist General Conference established GBOD to serve in a number of areas of major importance to the local church.

Among all the general agencies of The United Methodist Church, GBOD was the one given the major responsibility for the support of receiving, nurturing, caring, and sending ministries of congregations.

The board has long provided resources in the areas of Christian education, worship, music, evangelism, new church development, stewardship, funding and financial management, lay leadership development, age-level (children, youth, adult) and family ministries, small-group ministries, ethnic local church concerns, devotional life, spiritual formation, and other areas related to the lives of people and the ministries of congregations.

GBOD staff produce written and audiovisual resources to support the ministries of people and congregations; and they provide training, education, and skill development seminars and workshops.

Press Center

For more information, please contact Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director, Communications & Brand Strategy at shorswill-johnston@gbod.org, 877-899-2780, ext. 1726.

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Leadership Team

Meet key members of the GBOD Leadership Team.

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Board of Directors

Meet the 2013-2016 GBOD Board of Directors.

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Strategic Direction

Learn about GBOD's vision and mission, as well as the Four Areas of Focus.

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Resource Directory

Virtually everything we do at the GBOD is included in this directory. Find out who you can call for information about a ministry, discover an upcoming event, or connect with one of our staff.

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Job Listings

Interested in working for a learning organization that values its employees and provides an opportunity to find meaning in what you do?

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Virtual Tour

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Grants and Scholarships

Explore grants and scholarship available through GBOD.

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