Asbury Seminary signs a new church planting partnership with the Global Methodist Church, making it the Seminary’s 15th Global Partner and continuing the Seminary’s long-standing and historic commitment to the renewal of the Wesleyan movement around the world. With this partnership, the two organizations commit themselves to church planting and revitalization as an important, ongoing ministry of the Church.

“We are grateful for this partnership that will allow church planters to thrive and continue to spread the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ around the world,” Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary, said. “This partnership continues the mission of our 2023 plan and furthers our commitment to equipping pastors, serving ethnic churches, developing new constituencies and serving the global church. We pray that God would bless this partnership and use this relationship to change the world for Christ.”

As part of the MOU, the Seminary agrees to provide $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000 renewable, dollar-for-dollar, matching grants to graduates and alumni of Asbury Seminary who are involved in planting new congregations of the Global Methodist Church around the world. The Seminary will provide funding up to $500,000 with a corresponding matching gift from the Global Methodist Church. Grant applications will be approved by a joint committee established between the Seminary and the Global Methodist Church.

The deadline to fulfill this agreement and to enter future church planting partnerships to multiply disciples of Jesus Christ around the world is May 10, 2025.

The Seminary currently has 14 Global Partners around the world, including, Asia Theological Association, Langham Partnership USA, The Overseas Council, the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies in Bangalore, India, and more. These partnerships serve as a bridge between the Seminary and the global church, with faculty teaching exchanges at partner institutions, cross-cultural courses for students, and resource sharing.

Learn more about our global partners on our website.