A Center for Formation – the Center will offer a home and formative influence for students from across the range of Methodist and Wesleyan traditions, including but not limited to candidates for ordination in the United Methodist Church and Korean Methodist Church. This is becoming increasingly important as our school welcomes increased diversity from within and beyond the Christian traditions. Students need a context for learning about and being strengthened in their particular traditions. Opportunities for spiritual growth and formation are being offered this year through the Center, including weekly late-afternoon prayer gatherings, dinnertime Bible studies, and a lunchtime gathering for Wesley practices of spiritual life.
A Center for Education – John Wesley wanted knowledge and vital piety to be joined, and the Center for Global Methodism shares this vision. Our denominational studies courses including United Methodist History, Doctrine, Polity, and Evangelism will be linked to the Center and made available beyond our campus as online courses. In order to provide educational resources for the church, online courses and on-campus conferences will be developed on topics such as leadership, Global Methodism, mission, evangelism, and spirituality.
A Center for Research – Claremont has long been known for the strength and quality of the school’s academic life. The Center will extend this tradition by encouraging, focusing, and resourcing the academic study of Methodism. A particular interest is the Methodist movement in the context of an intercultural, interreligious, and rapidly changing context such as the western United States. We anticipate academic study and research on historical and contemporary topics and issues regionally, nationally, and globally.
A Center for Partnership – this Center is envisioned as a context where the church and the academy learn together, and where the church and the seminary become strong together. In partnership with leaders in the church, the Center will identify key trends in Methodism globally, highlighting the ministries of various Methodist groups in the southwest. Partnership within the pan-Methodist family will be encouraged for the purpose of strengthening the church’s ministry for the creative transformation of the world.