World Communion Sunday offering provides racial and ethnic leadership training programs?
The United Methodist Church allocates part of the World Communion Sunday offerings to General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) for ethnic leadership development. As leaders reflect the people that they serve, GBHEM is committed to ensuring that ethnically diverse leaders are developed and uses these funds to award Ethnic-in-Service Training Grants. These grants are awarded and given to programs designed to bolster recruitment, training and retention of ethnic persons for leadership positions at every level of the church and its ministry.
ABOUT WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY (WCS)
United Methodist churches observe World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in October. The observance focuses the attention of United Methodists on the universal and inclusive nature of the church. Offerings collected in United Methodist churches on World Communion Sunday are used to fund scholarships for young scholars and seminarians. Donations equip racial and ethnic-minority students in the United States and international students to transform the church and communities. Half of the proceeds from the offering is for World Communion Sunday Scholars administered by the General Board of Global Ministries. The remaining half is to be used for the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program, which are administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.