The Methodist e-Academy

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About The Methodist e-Academy

The Methodist e-Academy began as a project of the United Methodist Seminaries in Europe with the aim of providing internet based distance learning courses for people preparing for the ordained ministry in European countries where the United Methodist Church had no seminary. The intention was to supplement the theological education that was available in these countries. The vision grew as it was recognised that the internet technology could be used to address a far broader range of educational needs with in the church. The project was approved by the United Methodist Summit on Theological Education in Europe in February 2007, a meeting of leaders in the church and theological education and it has the support of the three Bishops of the United Methodist Church in Europe.

In February 2008 a governing board was established with representatives from the four European UMC Episcopal areas, the British Methodist Church and the autonomous Methodist churches in Portugal and Italy. The board is chaired by Bishop Dr Patrick Streiff and the program is co-ordinated by Dr David N. Field.

The project will be implemented in stages.

The first stage a program of courses in Methodist studies for people preparing for the ordained ministry was launched in September 2008.The Methodist e-Academy began as a project of the United Methodist Seminaries in Europe with the aim of providing internet based distance learning courses for people preparing for the ordained ministry in European countries where the United Methodist Church had no seminary. The intention was to supplement the theological education that was available in these countries. The vision grew as it was recognised that the internet technology could be used to address a far broader range of educational needs with in the church. The project was approved by the United Methodist Summit on Theological Education in Europe in February 2007, a meeting of leaders in the church and theological education and it has the support of the three Bishops of the United Methodist Church in Europe.

In February 2008 a governing board was established with representatives from the four European UMC Episcopal areas, the British Methodist Church and the autonomous Methodist churches in Portugal and Italy. The board is chaired by Bishop Dr Patrick Streiff and the program is co-ordinated by Dr David N. Field.

The project will be implemented in stages.

The first stage a program of courses in Methodist studies for people preparing for the ordained ministry was launched in September 2008.