‘Here I am. Send me.’

Mission conference Sept. 26

Is your congregation interested in establishing a domestic or foreign mission program? Do you feel called to serve in mission or create mission opportunities, but don’t know how to go about it? Is interest in your congregation’s current mission efforts declining? Are you part of an active mission program and willing to share your knowledge with others who want to develop a program?

gemn logoIf you answered yes to any of these questions, make sure to save Saturday, Sept. 26 on your calendar! “Here I am. Send me” is a mission conference sponsored by the National and World Mission Commission, with support from the Faith and Life Commission and the Global Episcopal Mission Network. On that day, experienced mission representatives from GEMN will be at the Procter Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assist and encourage those who are hearing the call: “Here I am. Send me.”

We will explore the theological basis for mission as well as acquire practical knowledge and skills for generating excitement about mission and establishing sound mission practices. Participants will also learn to differentiate between mission and outreach. This is a wonderful opportunity to network with others who have a heart for mission, from both within the diocese and nationally.

Gini Peterson from the Diocese of Atlanta, facilitator for the GEMN Mission Formation Program; her husband, Reid; and Tim Skimina from the Diocese of Northern Indiana will be our trainers. Their combined experience represents years of mission involvement locally and around the globe.

“If you are ready to say ‘Here I am, send me,’ and are looking for an educational opportunity to affirm your skills and empower your ministry, the GEMN Mission Formation program is the opportunity you have been seeking,” says the Rev. Canon Lura M. Kaval, Canon of Development for the Diocese of Honduras.

Jeff Cornforth, short-term missionary to Bolivia from the Diocese of Iowa adds, “I joined the Mission Formation program at the 2013 GEMN Conference in Bogota to make connections with people already involved in mission. What I got was a family of like-minded individuals who taught me the important ‘ins and outs’ of mission work. The mission formation class gave me ideas that hadn’t occurred to me in the preparation phase of our mission.”

Keep watching Connections and e-Connections for further details and registration information!

Mooydeen Frees is a retired deacon and serves as a board member and treasurer for the Global Episcopal Mission Network. Contact her at mfrees1234@gmail. com.