National Gathering 2023: Dive Deep
January 23-27 at Epworth by the Sea on St Simons Island, Georgia

As one first-time attendee excitedly put it during our Gathering in 2021, "it's so great to be able to talk with others and not have to explain what the term 'conference office' means!" 

Whether you'll be joining colleagues from across the connection for the first time or the fifteenth time, this National Gathering of United Methodist Camp & Retreat leaders will offer time and space to renew, connect, and grow both personally and professionally.

About The National Gathering

Our National Gathering is the biennial cornerstone event designed to inspire and equip United Methodist Camp and Retreat Leaders from across the connection through worship, keynotes, workshops, and ample opportunities for fellowship. In 2023 we will gather from January 23-27 at Epworth by the Sea on beautiful St Simons Island, Georgia.

The UMCRM Association will handle registrations for the event itself, while reservations for housing will be handled directly by Epworth by the Sea.

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About Our Theme: Dive Deep

Change is all around us. We are invited on a journey to dive deep to explore ways that can help our camp and retreat ministries to not only navigate the challenging waters, but emerge from them thriving.

To ensure our safety while we dive deep below the surface, two flags will be flown on our proverbial ship: the white and blue alpha flag will be hoisted up the mast to signal to other vessels that divers are in the surrounding waters, while the red and white flag will be buoyed directly above us as we move about.

Meet Keynote Speaker Casey Fuerst

Casey Fuerst has worked with nonprofits (mostly camps and retreat centers) to give them messaging, strategic marketing plans, and collateral materials to support their work for 20+ years. She has helped camps launch new initiatives and campaigns, supported leadership through major rebranding efforts, managed complex crisis communication, and executed countless print and online campaigns. She is also a StoryBrand Certified Guide and uses this framework to create powerful marketing messages that make a real impact. We can't wait to "Dive Deep" with Casey in January!

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Meet Our Preacher, Rev. Dr. Joy Jittaun Moore

UMCRM is excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Joy Jittaun Moore as our National Gathering preacher. An Elder in the UMC and currently Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Dr. Joy is an “ecclesial storyteller." Her remarkable career spans extensive, deeply respected service to the church and the academy. We look forward to "Diving Deep" with this accomplished educator, storyteller, pastoral leader, and lifelong learner. 

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