Our Recent 2016 Global Mission Conference, May 18-20, in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Engaging God’s mission amid the multiple migration crises of today’s world was the theme of GEMN regular annual conference this year, convened in Ponce, Puerto Rico, May 18-20, under the theme “God’s Mission with a World in Continuous Motion.” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry keynoted the gathering. Wendy Johnson and Allison Duvall of Episcopal Migration Ministries and a six-member panel from Central and South America and the Caribbean others made major presentations to help Episcopalians in the USA and Latin America understand and participate in God’s mission amid one of the critical challenges of our time. See our Conference Highlights Page for more information and resources.
- Every parish will have access to short- and long-term mission opportunities
- Every diocese is supporting one or more long-term missioners
- There is a sustainable process for global mission discernment and partnership development at all levels of the church
The Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) invites all individuals, organizations, churches and dioceses with a heart for mission and is dedicated to the principle that every Episcopalian (and, indeed, every Christian) is a missionary. We believe that God is calling all of us to share in global mission that will catalyze Christ’s healing, reconciliation and transformation in companionship with the wider world. We are working to connect people by providing global mission conferences, global mission training, and global mission tools and resources.
Our commitment is to:
- Provide tools for global mission engagement;
- 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.
Global Mission Conferences
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; Bogota, Colombia in 2013; Seattle in 2014; Atlanta in 2015; and this year our 2106 Global Mission Conference was held in Ponce, Puerto Rico, May 18-20. Save the date for next year’s conference in Nauvoo, Alabama! *** PLEASE NOTE: New conference dates are May 24-26, 2017 ***.
Global Mission Education
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.
Also available is the Global Mission Train-the-Trainer Program for those who would like to bring a Global Mission Formation Program home to their own church or diocese.
Global Mission Resources
GEMN provides leadership resources for global mission engagement. Visit our Global Mission Resources area for downloadable materials, and leadership development tools that will help to make your mission trip, partnership or ministry a success. Check our Global Mission Bookshelf for mission-related reading and inspiration. Visit our Get Involved section for ways to support and engage with our Global Mission Partner Organizations and Episcopal missionaries.
GEMN is able to connect you with global mission leaders and consultants who can customize training and provide consultation as you build your diocesan or church mission program. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.