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GCFA Collaborates with Belmont University on Shared Services Initiative

Nashville, TN –  The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), working with the Belmont University Jack C. Massey College of Business, will work with twelve executive MBA candidates on a project during the spring term, 2017.  The students, who have designated International Business as their track of study, will define issues, conduct research and analysis and offer recommendations on the expansion of Shared Services throughout the global United Methodist denomination. The students will do research originally in the Philippines Central Conference.

GCFA is focusing attention on ways the denomination can reduce administrative costs through offerings of Shared Services. The objective of all Shared Services is to make available funds for local church ministries that will have an impact on connectional giving as well.  While many of the current projects are available to U.S. churches, this project will focus exclusively on the feasibility of expanding services globally. 

Jeff Overby, Director of the Center for International Business at the Jack C. Massey College of Business said “We are honored that GCFA leadership has offered to partner with Belmont University this year’s Practicum project. This unique experiential learning opportunity enables our MBA students to strengthen their consulting and project management skills while also learning to navigate within an international and cross-cultural context. Students will be working on a project that will not only benefit a respected global organization such as GCFA but also has the potential to positively transform individual lives in the Philippines.”

For the Belmont MBA students, the for-credit course provides an opportunity to offer professional quality consulting services to an international entity like The United Methodist Church.

For GCFA, it is an opportunity to research the viability of expanding existing and developing new shared services to the denomination. 

Moses Kumar, General Secretary and Treasurer of the General Council on Finance and Administration said, “We look on this opportunity as another way to join communities of faith in finding new and innovative ways to expand ministry globally.  We are blessed in Nashville to have many great United Methodist churches and general agencies.  We are also blessed to have other faith communities that share our belief that the world is our parish.  We look forward to the results and examining how we can share administrative services throughout the denomination.” 

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About The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business

The Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University strives to be the premier international business institution of higher education in the region. The Massey Graduate School offers high-quality graduate business programs designed for working and aspiring professionals looking to advance or switch careers. The curriculum is designed to provide challenging, yet practical content in a flexible format. Programs are designed to stimulate critical thinking and creative problem solving while encouraging strong communication skills and a solid framework for ethical business decision-making. In addition to core coverage in business administration and accounting, the curriculum is uniquely structured around the themes of entrepreneurship and ethical decision-making across the global economy. All students complete a brief international study-abroad experience as part of their studies. The Center for International Business, one of the core centers of business within the college, exists to create international trade and business awareness, knowledge and opportunities for each of our stakeholders through excellent teaching, research and service.
For more information, go to:  www.belmont.edu/massey.

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The General Council on Finance and Administration coordinates and administers financial resources, safeguards the legal interests and rights of the Church, and provides administrative resources to enable the fulfillment of the mission of The United Methodist Church.