NEW: The 2020 Formation Program will be held online April 27 – May 1:
- Four two-hour sessions (for a total of eight hours):
- Monday, April 27, 7-9 pm
- Tuesday, April 28, 10-12
- Wednesday, April 29, 12-2
- Friday, May 1, 7-9 pm
- Online Program Fee: $35 Non-members / $25 GEMN Members
- Course materials and login information will be provided electronically after registration
The centerpiece of the GEMN Global Mission Formation Program is a sequence of two one-day sessions over a two-year period, held in conjunction with the annual GEMN Global Mission Conference. Alternatively, the program can be offered locally or regionally by leaders from the GEMN Formation Team.
Participants explore mission theology and history, mission discernment and standards, partnership and companionship in mission, congregational and diocesan support groups, mission team and project development, leadership styles and group process.
In addition to program attendance, participants complete reading, carry out field work, and prepare mission reports. Upon completing the program, participants receive certification as Global Mission Agents.
The Global Mission Formation Program is held annually on the day just prior to the start of our Global Mission Conference. Registration can be done as part of the Global Mission Conference main registration. For conference and Formation Program information, sign up for our email list and/or check our Upcoming Conference Page. Registration generally opens in mid-January, and the registration fee for the program typically ranges between $55 to $90 US.
Desired Learning Outcomes:
The GEMN Global Mission Formation Program is designed so that participants will:
- Be familiar with Biblical Foundations for Mission.
- Know the broad outlines of Anglican and Episcopal Mission History.
- Situate themselves among various options in Mission Theology.
- Develop Cross-Cultural Sensitivity.
- Understand Mission Companionship and how to develop it.
- Understand how to form Mission Committees in parishes and dioceses.
- Know the Episcopal Church’s Standards for Sending and Receiving Missionaries.
- Understand how to lead Short-Term Mission Teams, including youth teams.
- Identify their own Leadership Styles and how they interact with others.
- Cultivate Methods of Group Process.