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Welcome to GEMN!

Planning for our upcoming 2019 Global Mission Conference is now underway!  It will be held April 3-5, 2019 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  More information will be available soon!

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Our recent 2018 Global Mission Conference was held April 11-13 at Virginia Theological Seminary.

“Mission Connects Us: God, World, Church”, was the theme of the conference, keynoted by Dr. Robert Heaney of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies; the Rev. Canon John Kafwanka, Director of Mission for the Anglican Communion; Long-term Missioners, Monica Vega and Heidi Schmidt; and the Rev. David Copley, Director of Global Mission Partnerships and Mission Personnel for The Episcopal Church.

I have gifts you do not, and you have gifts I do not. We need one another to be fully human. We lose our strength if our diversity is taken away.” – The Rev. Canon John Kafwanka, Director for Mission, The Anglican Communion speaking on the topic “Without Partnership in Mission, We Perish”.   For more information and resources, visit our Conference Highlights Page.

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Click on our new resource sheet below for a list of 2018 mission opportunities (PDF).

Mission Opportunities 2018

Thank You for Donating to Our Puerto Rico Hurricane Fund.  We Raised over $30,000 for the Diocese of Puerto Rico!

Our 2017 Global Mission Conference, May 24-26, at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama

Bp. Alan Scarfe (Iowa) & Bp. Ellinah (Swaziland) - 2017 GEMN ConferenceReconciliation as the heart and overall direction of God’s mission in the world was addressed from ethnic, interfaith, racial and inter-Anglican perspectives at the annual global mission conference, “Reconciliation: God’s Mission – and Ours,” sponsored recently by the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) at Camp McDowell in the Diocese of Alabama.

The church needs to “recover reconciliation as the paradigm for Christian mission,” said keynoter the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, the national indigenous bishop for the Anglican Church of Canada, where he has guided reconciliation processes between First Nations and Canadian churches…
For more information and resources, visit our Conference Highlights Page
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Our Vision

Honduras Child 3 The Global Episcopal Mission Network shares the vision that every diocese and congregation can experience transformational ministry through global mission engagement. We envision a church in which:

  • 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

Our Invitation

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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
gemn2017workshopmacdonaldhealing, 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; Puerto Rico in 2016; Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama in 2017; and Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia in 2018.  Our next conference is planned for April 3-5, 2019 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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.
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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 gemn@gemn.org for more information.

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Why Global Mission?

Jesus said:

“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.

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