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MBA Students Provide Recommendations to General Council on Finance and Administration, Complete Collaboration

Graduate students from Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business spent the semester working alongside the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) to define issues, conduct research and analysis and offer recommendations on the expansion of Shared Services throughout the global United Methodist denomination, particularly within the Philippines. The 12 participating students recently completed their time with GCFA and passed along their recommendations to the Council’s team.

GCFA is one of the general agencies of The United Methodist Church, focused on enhancing programmatic ministries of the Church throughout the world. The Shared Services, which the students primarily worked alongside, exists to make funds available for local church ministries that will have an impact on overall giving. The student team, made up of MBA students on the international business track, focused on the feasibility of expanding these services globally.

Thanks to the many recommendations made by the student group, GCFA will implement a number of internal improvement processes, including plans to replicate the research process in other global markets.

In addition to providing meaningful suggestions to the organization, the MBA students also gained significant experience into the international business sphere. Of their experience, one student said, “It is truly difficult to predict what your professional role will be like in 20 years. However, from the trip, I know that I want my future job to be in consulting. The end result of our final paper made me feel like I was a part of something bigger than myself, and I was truly making a difference in an organization.”

Steve Lambert, GCFA general counsel and acting general secretary, said, “GCFA’s leadership received and benefited from the detailed oral and written reports on recent work by international MBA students to discern ways GCFA can better serve United Methodist churches and annual conference in the Philippines. Their various recommendations will form the basis for our future work of improved ministry assistance in this part of the God’s world. We are grateful for the efforts of these talented and dedicated students and for the foresight shown by Belmont University’s Massey College of Business to provide this platform for learning and for meaningful service to the community.”

About GCFA

The General Council on Finance and Administration coordinates and administers financial resources, safeguards the legal interests and rights of the Church, and provides administrative resources to enable the fulfillment of the mission of The United Methodist Church.

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