The Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) invites all individuals, organizations, churches and dioceses with a heart for mission. GEMN is dedicated to the principle that every Episcopalian (and, indeed, every Christian) is a missionary. We are committed to providing global mission conferences, global mission training, and global mission resources to all those who would like to participate in discerning where God is leading us in mission, as individuals and as a church.
- Facilitate and strengthen mission programs, relationships, and ministries throughout the world;
- Provide a training curriculum for Global Mission Agents who will support global mission efforts in their diocese, organization or church;
- Sponsor an annual mission conference for education, training and exchange of global mission ideas and initiatives;
- Foster and support mutually responsible and interdependent relationships and accountability among mission-minded individuals, organizations and dioceses within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.
GEMN convenes a meeting of its members once a year during its annual GEMN Global Mission Conference, usually held in May and located in a new location each year. Past locations included Ivoryton, CT in 2012 and Bogota, Colombia in 2013; this year our 2014 Global Mission Conference will be held in Seattle, WA.
GEMN’s Global Mission Agent Formation Program is a two-year program designed to increase mission awareness and activities throughout the Episcopal Church. In addition to attendance at the Global Mission Conference and Educational Institute, participants meet in a half-day session immediately preceding the Institute, complete required readings and carry out an appropriate fieldwork assignment.
New this year, GEMN is offering a Global Mission Immersion Program in Bogota, Colombia for a ten-day immersion experience in mission. Whether you are new to mission, desire to learn mission leadership, or just want to experience mission in action, this program is for you.
We are also adding a Global Mission Train-the-Trainer Program to our pre-conference offerings for those who would like to bring a Global Mission Formation Program home to their own church or diocese.
Why Global Mission?
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”(Matt 28:19)
“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation.” (MK 16:15)
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”(John 20:21)
As Ambassadors of Christ, all Christians are called to bear Christ’s name, discern Christ’s image, and proclaim Christ’s good news of salvation, hope and love. We share Christ’s work of teaching, healing and reconciliation with the Church in every place. Empowered and nurtured by the Holy Spirit, we must pass the Gospel, and the commission to proclaim it, for this and succeeding generations.