Jackson & Dalton Continue Impressive Work of CGM

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:31PM

The Co-Directors of the Center for Global Methodism are working with United Methodist students, alumni/ae, and leaders to do impressive work around the world.

Rev. Dr. Jack Jackson, Ph.D., E. Stanley Jones Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Mission and Co-Director of the Center for Global Methodism (CGM) at Claremont School of Theology (CST), co-taught a seminar on religious education in Mutare, Zimbabwe in spring 2013 with CST alumna, Dr. Mazvita Machinga ('05, '12). Machinga hails from Zimbabwe and, like her husband, Rev. Gift Machinga, is a member of the East Zimbabwe United Methodist Church. Nearing the end of her education at CST and having attended all of Jackson’s classes, Machinga approached him about bringing his expertise on religious education to pastors in Zimbabwe who she felt would greatly benefit from his expertise. Machinga and Jackson collaborated on the resulting week-long seminar titled “Discipleship-Oriented Leadership,” at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The class drew pastors from three denominations including the United Methodist Church (U.S.) and the United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe. Jackson focused on the goal of leadership in early Methodism while Machinga spoke about pastoral care, the focus of her doctoral degree. “It was my first experience in Zimbabwe, and at Africa University,” said Jackson, “which is an amazing place, founded in 1992 and funded mostly by the UMC in the U.S.” Participants in the course, many who serve as pastors in local churches, learned about early Methodist traditions and how those practices inform pastoral care and leadership today.

In January, Jackson will be leading a class in Nigeria titled “Missions in Global Perspectives.” Jackson said, “This was organized by the World Methodist Evangelism Institute and is going to include students from CST and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.” CST students will engage students and church leaders from a variety of Methodist denominations around the world and learn about holistic patterns of evangelism in Wesleyan traditions.

In addition, Rev. Karen Dalton, D.Min., Co-Director of the Center for Global Methodism, as well as director of field education and associate dean at CST, organized an ongoing lunch series for students pursuing or considering ordination. These lunches feature conversations about vocation led by CST’s own Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan and Prof. Lincoln E. Galloway, as well as a question-and-answer session with leaders from the Cal-Pac Board of Ordained Ministry. Additional lunch gatherings this year featured Rev. Greg Batson, President and CEO of the California-Pacific United Methodist Foundation, and Melanie Little, CST’s Cook Artist in Residence. Ms. Little is a United Methodist laywoman and liturgical artist who shared her understanding of practice around liturgy, worship and art. Ongoing conversations about vocational discernment are planned for spring 2014, along with opportunities for faculty mentoring of Methodist students.

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