Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM CDT
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM CDT

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Camp McDowell 
105 DeLong Road
Nauvoo, AL 35578

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Holly Hartman, Registrar 
Global Episcopal Mission Network 

Conference Coordinator, registrar@gemn.org

Conference Fees: 
Please Note: Conference fee does not include flights. Lodging and airport transfers are separate (see below). Each participant will receive meals (Tue dinner through Fri lunch), four plenary sessions, choices of workshops, daily small group experience, daily worship opportunities, display tables on global mission topics, special music event and many networking opportunities among those who are passionate about mission.
Local rates are for Diocese of Alabama members only.
  • Early Bird Rates (before Mar 15):
    • $395 - Conference Fee (All activities, meals)
    • $295 - Local Three-Day Fee (All activities, meals)
    • $205 - Local Two-Day Fee (All activities, meals)
    • $115 - Local One-Day Fee (All activities, meals)
  • Conference Rates (Mar 16 - Apr 30):
    • $435 - Conference Fee (All activities, meals)
    • $305 - Local Three-Day Fee (All activities,meals)
    • $215 - Local Two-Day Fee (All activities, meals)
    • $125 - Local One-Day Fee (All activities, meals)
  • Lodging Rates:
    • $120/night - Double Occupancy Room ($60 per person)
    • $110/night - Single Occupancy Room
  • Airport Transfers (See schedule in Info Packet):
    • $95 - Round trip between Birmingham (BHM) Airport and Camp McDowell
  • Formation Program - Tue, May 23- 9am-3pm (Note: Participants flying into Birmingham will need to arrive one day prior to the start of the main conference and will need an additional night's accommodation on Mon, May 22nd).
    • $65 - Formation Program
  • Train the Trainer - Tue, May 23 - 3-6 pm (Note: Participants flying into Birmingham may need to arrive one day prior to the start of the main conference and may need an additional night's accommodation on Mon, May 22nd).
    • $50 - Train-the-Trainer Program
NO REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER Friday, May 12. NO REFUNDS can be extended after May 12. Full payment must be received by May 12 in order to complete your registration.

Tentative Conference Schedule

  • Mon - May 22
    • Early arrivals for those participating in the Formation Program and Train-the-Trainer Programs.  Contact GEMN to coordinate airport transfers.
  • Tue - May 23
    • 9-3    Formation Program
    • 3-6    Train the Trainer Program
    • Arrivals for Conference Attendees
    • 6:00  Dinner
    • 7:00  Meet & Greet / Registration
  • Wed - May 24
    • 7:15   Morning Prayer
    • 8:00   Breakfast
    • 8:30   Registration
    • 9:00   Welcome / Opening Address
    • 11:00 Small Groups
    • 12:00 Lunch
    • 1:00   GEMN Annual Meeting
    • 2:00   Workshops I
    • 3:15   Workshops II
    • 5:00   Networking Reception/ Displays
    • 6:00   Welcome Reception Dinner
    • 6:45   Keynote Speaker
    • 9:00   Compline
  • Thu - May 25
    • 7:15   Morning Prayer
    • 8:00   Breakfast
    • 9:00   Keynote Speaker
    • 11:00 Small Groups
    • 12:00 Lunch
    • 1:00   Quiet Time
    • 2:00   Workshops III
    • 3:15   Workshops IV
    • 5:00   Networking Reception / Displays
    • 6:00   Dinner
    • 7:00   Special Event
    • 9:00   Compline
  • Fri - May 26                            
    • 7:15   Morning Prayer
    • 8:00   Breakfast
    • 8:45   Final Plenary Session
    • 10:30 Final Eucharist
    • 12:00 Lunch
    • 1:00   Buses Depart to Birmingham Airport 

Join us in Alabama for our
2017 GEMN Global Mission Conference!

The Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) is dedicated to giving you the tools you need for global mission. We are the independent mission network in the Episcopal Church, dedicated to proclaiming, inspiring and igniting the joy of God’s mission. GEMN consists of dioceses, churches, organizations, and individuals who are passionate about engagement and connecting people through mission.

GEMN holds an annual Global Mission Conference designed to create a forum in which those having a passion for global mission engagement can meet, learn, and exchange ideas. We hope to provide a space for continuing discernment of where God is leading us next as the hands and feet of Christ, as a church, as individuals, and as God’s people.

Each year we select a timely theme to explore, and this year’s theme reflects God’s urgent call to the Church in a time of divisions and conflict:

“Reconciliation: God’s Mission – and Ours”

 With a beautifully scenic and peaceful background at the Diocese of Alabama’s Camp McDowell, we will explore in depth the theme of reconciliation in our mission engagement. Together, we will learn and work with powerful tools such as Indaba and Asset-Based models for mission, featuring great speakers and workshops on a variety of reconciliation topics, including restorative justice, interfaith, racial and environmental reconciliation.

In addition to our keynote speakers, we will hold a series of workshops designed to give you practical tools that you can bring back to your diocese, church or organization. You will have opportunities to network with mission partners, talk with current missionaries, visit the Camp's sustainable farm, and attend our in-depth Global Mission Formation or Train-the-Trainer Programs. We hope that you will join us at beautiful Camp McDowell to learn, share and connect with others in global mission.

At our 2017 conference you will:
  • Attend keynotes by The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop of Canada; Ms. Heidi Kim, Missioner for Reconciliation; and The Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler of CARAVAN.
  • Learn about Anglican Indaba from the Rev. Canon Dr. Phil Groves, former Director of Continuing Indaba at the Anglican Communion Office in London.
  • Participate in hands-on mission workshops that will give you practical tools to bring back to your diocese, church or mission organization, including healthy short-term mission trips, leadership and fundraising, Indaba, applying Asset-Based Community Development tools in your ministry, developing and maintaining mission relationships, discerning a call as a missionary, and mission best practices.
  • Have the opportunity for mission education programs, meeting mission partners and current missionaries, networking, small group discussion, mission displays and more.
  • Explore global mission themes that include reconciliation topics, restorative justice, interfaith, racial and environmental reconciliation and other relevant global mission topics with the mission community from around the world.


  • Hands-on Global Mission Workshops
  • Mission Presentations and Displays 
  • Inspirational Mission Speakers
  • Mission "How-To" Workshops
  • Building Global Mission Ministries
  • Reconciliation Ministries
  • Mission Best Practices
  • Utilizing Indaba
  • Asset-Based Development in Mission
  • Train the Trainer Program
  • Formation Program for Global Mission Agents
  • Camp McDowell Environmental Reconciliation and Renewable Energy Projects
  • Connect with Mission Partners from Around the World

Formation Program for Global Mission Agents:

Our flagship GEMN Formation Program consists of two half-day sessions over a two-year period, held in conjunction with our annual GEMN Global Mission Conferences. In addition to attending two Global Mission Conferences, students will explore mission theology, history, discernment, short-term mission themes, and project development. Participants are required to complete reading, fieldwork assignments, and a mission report, receiving certification as Global Mission Agents upon completion of the program.  See our GEMN Formation Program Page for more information. The Formation Program will be held this year on Tuesday, May 23 from 9am to 3pm, prior to the start of the conference. Gini Peterson, Program Coordinator.

Train the Trainer Program:

Conference 2013Our Train the Trainer Program is the next step for graduates of the Formation Program.  Would you like to bring mission leadership training to your church, deanery, diocese or mission organization?  This is your opportunity to become a certified trainer for the GEMN Formation Program for Global Mission Agents.  The GEMN Formation Program was launched in 2003 as a discernment and training tool for mission, focusing on personal spirituality and discernment, fieldwork and readings.  Previously offered only to participants at our annual GEMN Mission Conference, it is now being expanded to reach to diocesan and local mission groups.  Those interested in being a trainer should be graduates of the Formation (or Certificate) Program, have a desire to guide others on their individual journeys, and a willingness to present trainings.  The Train the Trainer Program will be held on Tuesday, May 23 from 3pm to 6pm, prior to the start of the conference.  Gini Peterson, Program Coordinator.

Exploring Financial Support: 
It has been our experience that there are frequently opportunities for scholarships or support available from your local parish, deanery, bishop or diocese.  These groups are often eager to help people attend a conference that will add to their skills and passion for mission. We encourage you to seek out these sources of funding because, in addition to your own participation, it will raise awareness of your level of commitment to bringing mission to your local area and allow others to engage as well.