Mission Academy RoundUP

August 9-12, 2018

Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center

Williams Bay, WI

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This year’s Mission Academy RoundUP features plenaries on Abundant Health and TeachUM. Trainings include UMVIM Team Leader Training and Connecting Neighbors. Great evening discussions feature Missionary Opportunities and a time to assemble UMCOR School Kits.

Learn more about serving our brother and sisters across the street and across the ocean. Connect with projects that impact lives in many ways.

Worship Leaders and Presenters: 

Bishop Sally Dyck

 Melissa Bracht-Wagner, IA Conference UMVIM Team Leader Training

This session is designed to prepare individuals to serve a team leaders. Best practices for recruiting, fund raising, finding a project, travel, timelines, budgets, and other aspects of leading a team will be shared. (This is a multi-session course.)

Tony Burrell, IN Serving Refugees through Mission

The plight of refugees is increasingly dire as more areas of unrest develop throughout the world, and more people flee to find safety for themselves and their families. The United Methodist Church is involved in supporting individuals suffering from displacement in this way. Lean more about these efforts and how you can be a part of this important work.

Nancy Carmichael-Stoner, WI Conference Devotions and  Worship

Devotions and worship help keep us grounded as we engage in learn about opportunities to serve and connecting with others across the global church.

Chantel Corrie, Midwest Mission Distribution Center Midwest Mission, the NCJ UMCOR Relief Supply Depot and much more!

Find out how Midwest Mission doubled there international shipments last year; responded to the hurricanes and the new projects being launched. Hear about how God is on the move in this ministry and ways you can be involved in sending hope and empowerment around the world and around the corner. Midwest Mission shows God’s love in a practical way and provides a center for people of all ages and abilities to have a hands on mission experience.

Letty Damian, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Puerto Rico Response Puerto Rico Response

Learn about the ways teams have served in Puerto Rico and the process for organizing and leading a team to serve after the hurricanes of 2017.

Kathy Dickriede, UMVIM coordinator, EO Conference Cultural Competency

Regardless of whether we serve inside the US or Internationally we often encounter different cultures in mission. In this session learn techniques for navigating different cultures with grace.

 Jane Dunn, Community Health Advocate UMVIM Teams and Helth Partnering Opportunities

You don’t have to be a medical professional to be part of a health-focused mission experience. The new model of healthcare teams focuses on education to strengthen community based prevention to common health issues. In this session, learn more about these types of missions and how to organize them.

Marj Evans-di-Carpio, Solar Oven Partners  Solar Oven Partners

Experience has demonstrated that teaching solar cooking is the basis for success – rather than simply delivering solar ovens. Furthermore, teaching in the students’ first language – offered by passionate, experienced peers – fosters acceptance, ownership, and enthusiasm for solar cooking!

Kathleen Griffith, Global Health Abundant Health

Learn about the Global Health initiative, Abundant Health. Hear from Global Ministries leadership how the United Methodist Church is working to reach 1 million children with lifesaving and health promoting measures by 2020.

Susan Jennys, DAK Native American Concerns Growing in Love of Neighbor: Reaching Native America

A crash course in Native American cross-cultural awareness and ministry, this workshop will help equip church leaders to develop the strong relationships which are foundational to First Nations ministry. We will consider relevant avenues for “contextualization” and life-affirming approaches. as well as how things such as the Doctrine of Discovery can affect partnership ministry and our worship spaces, practices, and theology.

F. Willis Johnson, Senior Pastor, Wellspring UMC, MO Addressing Racism in Mission Service

Regardless of the mission project, everyone has to work together for the good of the community. Yet no one can escape the natural, biological process of implicit bias and everyone is operating in a legal and institutional framework that privileges some over others. It pays to examine those processes so that we can work against them.

Una Jones, Global Ministries  A Mission Journey Handbook: Next Steps – Theology, Culture, and Spirituality

Mission is more than a one-time event. It’s a journey. This workshop walks through the UMVIM resource “A Mission Journey”, explaining how to use the text with teams and how to engage in God’s mission before, during, and after the mission journey.

Carol Meynan, Community Health Advocate TeachUM

Learn how education teams are impacting the lives of the people they serve. Through VBS, teacher training, pastor support, library organization, and health education, TeachUM teams are making a difference around the world.

Dewey Miller, director, Kuanda TeachUM

Learn how education teams are impacting the lives of the people they serve. Through VBS, teacher training, pastor support, library organization, and health education, TeachUM teams are making a difference around the world.

Cherie Miner, Mobile United Methodists TeachUM

Learn how education teams are impacting the lives of the people they serve. Through VBS, teacher training, pastor support, library organization, and health education, TeachUM teams are making a difference around the world.

David Newhouse, NCJ Discover…Mission coordinator Discover…Mission: China

This ministry of young adults working with young adults in domestic and international
settings was initiated by the late Bishop Sheldon Duecker in 1992. Like many
Discover … Mission journeys, the upcoming journey to China will offer certification
training so that participants will be qualified to co-lead/lead future Volunteer
in Mission (VIM) groups. During Discover…Mission, China 2019, the team will travel
to Shanghai, Nanjing, and Beijing, China; meet with Chinese Christian leaders and
leaders-in-training at leading Chinese seminaries, the Amity Foundation, and local
congregations; and visit many cultural sites, such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square,
and the Forbidden City.

Sue Pethoud, Cass Community Social Services Cass Community Social Services

The Detroit-based agency works across the city in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for food, health, housing and jobs. Work includes feeding programs, providing transitional or permanent housing, and medical clinics.

Steve and Gail Quigg, NCJ Mission Advocates Missionary Opportunities

Who can apply? What is the process to apply? Discuss discernment, placements, contracts, as well as different avenues of missionary service through Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

Lenore Robinson, EO Conference Transformational Youth Mission

How do youth mission experiences differ from other teams? What are the specific needs of youth as they navigate mission experiences? This workshop covers these, and other important topics related to youth mission development.

Sabrina Rodgers, Global Health Abundant Health

Learn about the Global Health initiative, Abundant Health. Hear from Global Ministries leadership how the United Methodist Church is working to reach 1 million children with lifesaving and health promoting measures by 2020.

Jeff Walker, Disaster Response Coordinator, WO Conference Connecting Neighbors

For this training, multiple topics will be included: Ready Congregants (focusing on personal preparedness), Ready Churches (focusing on your church facility and congregational preparedness), and Ready Response (with a focus on making connections with key people/institutions in your community for the purposes of planning for disaster response). In an Academy setting, signing up for one registers you for all 3 of these sessions so that you can return to your local community and spread the word of wholistic preparedness! (This is a multi-session course.)

Lyndy Zabel, UMVIM coordinator, MN Conference Spiritual Growth in Mission

Mission experiences are full of opportunities to engage in spiritual growth. In this session we will talk about how to create time and space for spiritual development, as well as exercises to engage in spiritual conversations.

 

 

Thoughts from the 2016 RoundUP:

Thanks so much for allowing Joel (Rabb) and I to share about In Mission Together.  I’m sometimes unsure how the presentation is being received, but this I was encouraged when people told me afterward that they gained something from our session. I thought the RoundUP was wonderfully organized, from the sign in to the equipment for the workshop presenters to the schedule.  In Mission Together, David Phipps.  W OH

 I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful conference you and your team hosted last week.  The different speakers and workshops were so relevant and inspiring! I think I could have listened to Jeremy Basset and David Wildman all day! The workshops were full of great ideas and gave new perspectives on doing mission in our world. Jamie and I both learned a lot about UMVIM and the work you all are doing. And we made many new connections with people we otherwise probably would never have met. I think my favorite part of RoundUP was being able to watch my daughter’s reaction to it all. She was very inspired and feels God calling her to become more involved in UMVIM.  She talked about it the whole way home and shared many ideas for how she feels God might want to use her through UMVIM. So thank you again! We were so blessed to be there!  Blessings, Megan Clark / Associate District Assistant / North and Northwest Districts / Indiana Conference / The United Methodist Church

Thanks again for a well-rounded, informative, fun ROUNDUP! Always lots of work but worth it for those of us attending.  It’s too bad we can’t find a venue that has air conditioning and microphones which would have made the event A +++ .  I remember in 2003 at my farewell and your introduction as the new jurisdictional UMVIM Coordinator, I really didn’t know you except that you were very smart (a lab tech/scientist I believe). Now, after 13 years, you have moved this program forward, accomplished great strides for volunteerism and leave a great legacy for Tammy.  I know how many hours you have spent, the energy given, the millions of e-mails written, hundreds of phone calls answered, thousands of miles traveled…well done!  Beverly Nolte, IA, former UMVIM-NCJ Coordinator

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