NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Discipleship Ministries has officially become the new name of the general agency of The United Methodist Church known for years as The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD).
The name change, which includes new addresses for the website and agency personnel emails, was announced by Dr. Timothy Bias, chief executive of Discipleship Ministries.
“The shift from General Board of Discipleship to Discipleship Ministries was an intentional decision to more clearly communicate the work we do for The United Methodist Church,” Bias said. “On one level, we are adopting a ministry position. We want to listen and develop resources that help leaders make disciples and transform the world. “The process of disciple-making is essential as we seek to develop and sustain vital congregations.”
On another level, Bias said that as a United Methodist Church agency changing the name to reflect the agency’s work and using the official United Methodist cross-and-flame logo helps to be in alignment with the ministry and mission of the denomination.
Using the official United Methodist cross-and-flame logo helps to be in alignment with the ministry and mission of the denomination.
The name change was approved during the agency’s board meeting in July 2014 in the Philippines. It has been used unofficially since mid-September.
Now Discipleship Ministries will no longer use The General Board of Discipleship or GBOD. It will begin phasing out those names in its communications and marketing.
The former name will continue to be included in the United Methodist Book of Discipline, the denomination’s book of laws, policy and procedures.
The URL for the agency’s website is now www.UMCdiscipleship.org. Email addresses have been changed from [name]@GBOD.org to [name]@UMCdiscipleship.org.
During a transition period, the former URL and email addresses will be forwarded automatically to the new locations.
The mission of Discipleship Ministries is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries is located at 1908 Grand Ave. here.