Join us for an unforgettable 25th anniversary of the Global Missions Health Conference: 13 & 14 November 2020
Many healthcare workers and students struggle to find their next step and learn the best practices involved with living out their calling. That's why we created the GMHC 25 years ago and why we're shifting to one amazing virtual event this year. When you engage in the GMHC, your heart is called to something greater, your skills are refined, and you find amazing connections to help you continue your journey.
The GMHC offers a unique time of connection with other people that share a passion for healthcare missions. Our in-person event has always offered time for renewal and challenge, and our virtual event will do the same. You will walk away from this time together knowing you are not alone and ready to take the next step in mission.
The GMHC offers some of the best Biblically-based teachings on healthcare missions that you will find, regardless of whether we have an event in person or virtually. Our committee works diligently to look through every submission, develop a framework, and ensure that every relevant topic is covered. Most importantly, they pray for you and all the speakers throughout the year.
When you come to the GMHC, we expect that you will walk away changed. It is not just the speakers, not just the worship, and not just the immersion experience. It is the way God speaks to you throughout your time and that won’t change with our virtual conference. We fully expect God to speak through every virtual experience you have during our time together.
Without a doubt... sitting in front of a computer for two days has its challenges. That's why we're making this so much more than something you sit and watch. This is an experience that will engage you in so many ways, keep you involved, and certainly shift your ideas for what a virtual event can look like.
What am I going to get from this event?
What's it going to be like?
How do I make the most of it?
A message to exhibitors
A message to speakers
A message to students
If you're anything like us, you want to know exactly what you're going to get. So here you go... a list of some amazing takeaways from this year's GMHC.
The GMHC has always been a great gathering place for students. We are committed to helping you connect and explore where the Lord is calling you. Here are a few unique things we're offering just to students.
Students will have access to two additional events. The first is a student webinar leading up to the GMHC to help students build a plan for getting the most out of the event. The second is a follow-up webinar unpacking the 10 most common questions students ask.
What if I've already registered?
No problem! You actually do not need to do anything! All attendee’s who previously registered will have their registration transferred to the virtual event and the difference in cost refunded. Our team will be reaching out to refund the difference of the ticket cost but you're all set.
Will the GMHC do a virtual event in the future?
You bet! But our plan in 2021 is to do both a live and virtual event. We're praying all goes well in the world and that circumstances allow us to connect again in person.
Is this worth my time and investment?
Absolutely! As you can see in the list above, there's a lot you're going to get from this event. More so... we gather together each November as an encouragement and catalyst to help us all move forward. There are many great connections and lessons to learn but also a time, much needed by us all, to stop, rest, reflect, and be encouraged. So yes, you absolutely should attend this year. We're confident this will be a treasure for everyone.
How are you going to help me make meaningful connections?
That's a great question! First, your experience in the virtual exhibit hall will guide you to personalized recommendations and quick visibility to see how you match each organization. You'll have the chance to jump into a video chat room, private live-chat session, or set up a one on one meeting. Breakout sessions recommendations will be provided as well based on your profile. The GMHC will also provide you connections to other attendees pursuing similar specifics so you can learn from others on a similar path. At every turn, we are working to help guide you and provide meaningful connections.
Is the schedule the same as other years?
No, we're changing a few things. The event will run from 9a to 9p EST both Friday and Saturday. This will allow for more individuals who have class and work to access more of the event on the weekend.
What about Hands-On Sessions?
Currently, we are not planning to host any hands-on sessions but we'll keep you posted if that changes.
Why is the GMHC going virtual?
This could be a long answer but we'll keep it short. Simple answer is... for everyone's safety. The trends on COVID-19 have been unpredictable coupled with various perspectives on personal response. We realize the GMHC brings together people from all over the world (requiring travel) to a central place to talk about healthcare missions (a community of highly engaged individuals in COVID-19 response) to a church where many attendees stay in homes of church members. The variables are high. So wisdom is leading us to this decision while confidence and excitement are leading us to the design of a great virtual event.
I'm an exhibitor, how do I learn more?
We have a dedicated page just for you. Come and see all the great resources we've created and we're hosting for you to have an excellent GMHC experience.
Where and when can I access event content?
With your registration, you can access all of the content during the GMHC but you'll also have immediate access to all of the content after the GMHC. You will have indefinite access to the content.
Drum roll… yes, we’re going virtual for the 25th anniversary of the Global Missions Health Conference. This has been a long and difficult decision for us but it’s the decision we feel is wise and made with tremendous prayer and a desire for the health and safety of everyone involved. Why has this been such a difficult decision? Well, we love getting together in person and will miss that opportunity this year. But seeing each other in person is not our primary purpose… mobilizing people into healthcare mission is our purpose and we’re committed to that goal.
Friends of the GMHC:
Drum roll… yes, we’re going virtual for the 25th anniversary of the Global Missions Health Conference. This has been a long and difficult decision for us but it’s the decision we feel is wise and made with tremendous prayer and a desire for the health and safety of everyone involved. Why has this been such a difficult decision? Well, we love getting together in person and will miss that opportunity this year. But seeing each other in person is not our primary purpose… mobilizing people into healthcare missions is our purpose and we’re committed to that goal.
GETTING TO THIS DECISION
This wasn’t an easy decision but we have an amazing community. It is packed with awesome experts and advisors who honestly have a great grasp on this whole COVID-19 situation and the trends around us today. And while many things are opening back up, there is also data pointing to cases growing and hospitalization increasing. We can’t predict the future for how things will look in a few months but we do know this… the GMHC is a gathering of thousands of people, healthcare professionals to be exact, who would be coming in from around the world, and many staying in host homes of Southeast Christian Church members. Talk about a compounding challenge! And so, we simply believe it’s the wise, prudent, and honoring thing to do for you and everyone else involved in this annual event.
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
The words from Esther just seem to ring true in a day like this and especially for you as a healthcare professional. For such a time as this, the Lord has equipped you to engage the world with your skills and care in such a unique way. We believe the GMHC is uniquely positioned to play an important and critical role in this time. We need to connect with one other, learn from each other, inspire each other, and map our own path forward to engage in this season well. There may be no greater time than now for us to host this virtual event.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO HOSTING AN EXCEPTIONAL VIRTUAL EVENT
So yes, we are committed to hosting a virtual event this year because we believe we have a calling to host this event for the community of medical missions and to be a catalyst for what the Lord is doing in healthcare missions. Now, if you’re like most of us, you’ve probably spent a good deal of time online these past few months. We realize that and are crafting a unique virtual event like no other… and that’s a promise. We are not simply repurposing our live event content and displaying it on a virtual platform, we are doing so much more. Why? Because as we stated above, we’re committed to helping you take that next step.
HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL GET WITH YOUR VIRTUAL EVENT TICKET
An amazing two-day virtual event packed with tons of resources to help you take your next step in healthcare missions
Virtual exhibit hall with multiple ways to engage with organizations during the event
Access to 100+ video breakout sessions with speaker live-chat
Immediate access to all video breakout sessions right after the event
Giveaways during the GMHC for some amazing outdoor and travel gear (trust us, it’s good stuff)
Immediate access to the small group curriculum “The History of Global Pandemics & How the Church Responded”
100% discount coupon for the BluePrint eCourse
Preparation Planning Workbook
Pre-event Packet (mailed) with Elements and 25th Anniversary T-Shirt (must register by September 15th)
25th Anniversary Elements (twice the size of typical event booklet - lots of extras)
OUR FOUR CORE PROMISES TO YOU
Experience of Renewal & Being Challenge - The GMHC offers a unique time of connection with other people that share a passion for healthcare missions. Our in-person event has always offered time for renewal and challenge, and our virtual event will do the same. You will walk away from this time together knowing you are not alone and ready to take the next step in mission.
Guided Connections with Personalized Matches - The virtual event will allow us to uniquely match you with the sessions, organizations, and mentors that most fit your needs. Because you don’t have to navigate a physical space, we can guide you directly to the most helpful resources.
World-Class Teaching and Best Practices - No matter whether we have an event in person or virtually, GMHC offers some of the best Biblically-based teaching on healthcare missions that you will find. Our committee works diligently to look through every submission, develop a framework, and ensure that every important topic is covered. Most importantly, they pray for you and all the speakers throughout the year.
Expanded Vision for God’s Call in Your Life - When you come to the GMHC, we expect that you will walk away changed. Not just the speakers, not just the worship, not just the immersion experience. It is the way God speaks to you throughout your time and that won’t change when we create a virtual conference. We fully expect God to speak through every Virtual experience you have during our time together.
We will be sending more information through the coming weeks and commit to you to communicate well. Much of that will be explaining what we’re doing and how you can get the most out of this event. And if you’ve already registered for the event, someone from our team will be in touch with you about a refund of the difference in cost.
Our challenge to you… join us for this unique opportunity and share it with others. You know something amazing? So many more people can now have access to joining us for this event because we’re not geographically locked.
Soli Deo Gloria!
GMHC Leadership Team