… an in-depth mission certification experience
Dates: 16 – 26 August 2014
Cost: $1,700 (excluding airfare)
Who Should Register?
… seminarians, deacons, priests, lay missioners, experienced missioners, the mission curious, diocesan mission leaders … anyone with an interest in global mission …
GEMN has been offering its flagship Mission Formation Program in the context of its annual educational conferences for several years. In response to the church’s increased engagement in global mission, we are now offering the Global Mission Immersion Program, a 10-day, in-depth mission certification experience. This new program will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about mission and integrate what they’ve learned with a mission experience.
This certification program is designed to equip clergy and lay missioners with a broad range of knowledge about global mission as well as the practical skills to provide leadership in their parishes, dioceses, and the wider church.
- Learn about Church history as it pertains to mission
- Explore the biblical and theological foundations for mission
- Develop practical skills for mission leadership
- Participate in a mission project (field experience)
- Learn about the local culture and history of Colombia
- Aug 16 Arrivals
- Aug 17 What’s Mission? … Church history, and theological and biblical foundations
- Aug 18 Mission Leadership
- Aug 19 Organizing and Managing a Mission Team
- Aug 20-22 Field Site/Mission Project
- Aug 23 Group Discussion & Program Wrap-up
- Aug 24-25 Cultural & Historical Experiences around Bogota
- Aug 26 Departures
Program Content & Structure
- Develop an understanding of Anglican mission history
- Discuss different historical perspectives and models for mission
- Explore the theological/biblical foundations for mission
- Study approaches to the formation of mission committees, mission teams, etc.
- Learn about mission finances (budgeting & fundraising)
- Discuss issues related to mission planning … seeking permissions, healthcare advisement, and developing a working relationship with their mission host
- Discuss models for socio-cultural education
- Discuss the realities of practical trip preparation (packing, healthcare reminders, etc.)
- Learn about the importance of spiritual preparation and various models for spiritual leadership and facilitation of spiritual reflection
- Discuss the realities and potential challenges of traveling in a broken world
- Discuss final preparations for group formation and management, dealing with local customs, arriving at the mission site, etc
We will work on a community farm about an hour outside of Bogota owned and operated by Iglesia Santa Marta under the leadership of Padre Javier Aldana. Colombia has over 5.2 million displaced persons due to a number of social and political issues. When fully operational, it’s the intention of the Santa Marta and the Diocese to provide employment and food security for displaced families in Facatativa. While working on the farm, we will live in community in the rectory.
We will return to the classroom to discuss and debrief regarding our experience on the Santa Marta farm. Through the use of group exercises we will have opportunities to reflect on, and integrate, our overall experience.
The final 2 days of the program will include excursions to historic sites in Bogota, the world class Museo de Oro, the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, and local craft markets.
There is no language requirement. While it would enhance the experience to have some Spanish, enabling participants to converse with the people they encounter, all group sessions will be in English and translation will be available as needed throughout the program. Bogota is a wonderful place to learn Spanish. You may want to consider attending a local Spanish immersion school for a week or two either before or after the program. We have a relationship with several schools in Bogota and can facilitate your attendance and lodging. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this option.
The program will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. Ted J. Gaiser, missionary in Colombia and President of GEMN. Ted has over 20 years of mission experience, including 8 years of Global Mission Partnership leadership in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts where he developed a mission leadership training program that included group training sessions and a capstone short-term mission trip. He has led mission trips throughout Central & South America, the Caribbean, East Africa and the Middle East. Ted has a varied professional background that includes working in healthcare management, business development, and university education. He holds advanced degrees in theology, business management, and sociology, and currently serves as a priest and the Director of Mission Development in the Episcopal Diocese of Colombia.
- Bogota is one of the highest capitals in the world, located on an Andean plain at an elevation of 8,000 ft. Few insects survive at this altitude. As such, participants need no medical vaccinations or medications to stay in Bogota or Facatativa. (More detailed information will be available to registrants, or on request.)
- US citizens can travel in Colombia for up to 3 weeks without a tourist visa. No visa is required for participating in the Global Mission Immersion Program.
- All major airlines travel to/from Bogota and to/from major airline hubs in the US.
The program cost is $1,700, (not including airfare and recommended readings). Participants will be advised of recommended readings in advance of program attendance and are strongly encouraged to read them in preparation for their trip to Colombia. Other books and materials will be provided in Colombia. Fees cover all expenses including room and board, course materials, local transportation, and museum entrance and other related excursion fees. All participants will pay a non-refundable deposit of $250 by June 15. Checks should be made payable to GEMN and mailed to Global Episcopal Mission Network, c/o The Rev. Mooydeen Frees, P.O. Box 30334, Cincinnati, OH 45230. Payment in full is due July 15. (GEMN reserves the right to cancel due to insufficient participation.)
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