Equipping Diocesan Global Mission Agents
A Formation Program of The Global Episcopal Mission Network
The Global Episcopal Mission Network is an innovative partnership of dioceses of the Episcopal Church pledging together to make global mission a priority in diocesan life. GEMN offers a comprehensive two year program for diocesan global Mission Agents, designed to encourage mission in Episcopal dioceses. Requirements for certification include attendance at half day Formation Sessions prior to two annual GEMN Institutes, fieldwork, and selected readings. Consider becoming an important resource for your diocese and the Episcopal Church through GEMN's Formation Program for Diocesan Global
The Formation Program:
- Explore the theological basis for mission and demonstrate a knowledge of theological reflection.
- Understand Anglican Mission history.
- Understand discernment processes.
- Study approaches to the formation of mission committees.
- Acquire knowledge of available resources for mission and mission networking.
- Know the Episcopal Church's:
- - Standards for Sending Long Term Missionaries.
- - Standards for Receiving and Hosting Mission visitors.
- Learn essentials of preparing for short term mission trips.
- Explore a variety of methods for mission promotion and recruitment.
- Encourage youth in mission.
- Attend the half day Formation Sessions directly prior to two annual GEMN Institutes.
- Participate in four workshops per Institute (8 total), three of which must be noted as Formation requisites. (6 total).
- Conduct fieldwork between Institutes.
- Complete required readings and some optional readings from the Formation Program Bibliography and submit an evaluation of each book. Click here for the Bibliography (PDF).
- Attend a diocesan or regional mission event. (optional/encouraged)
- Participate on a foreign or domestic mission team. (optional/encouraged)
The Formation Program is a project related to mission awareness or mission activities, local or global, and mentored by a Formation Program graduate. The participant is required to submit an update to the mentor in January, with a final written report due at the next Institute. Examples of appropriate fieldwork:
- - A diocesan mission inventory.
- - Identification of local mission activities.
- - A study of Companions in Transformation.
- - Formation of a diocesan or parish mission committee.
- - Participation on a foreign or domestic mission team.
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 Episcopalians 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 w ith 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.