46th Annual Counselors' Leadership Conference

Messiah College | Harrisberg, PA | July 9-12 2015

Choose Truth

Life is full of choices, and when we know what God’s Word says, we’ll be better able to choose what is good and pleasing to him. His story lights the way for our story, directing our lives with Christ. Join us at the 2015 GEMS Leadership Conference as we learn what it means to Choose Truth!

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Develop Leaders

At Conference, leaders discover new opportunities to use the unique gifts God has given them within His Story.

Nourish Lives

Titus 2 affirms that older women are called to teach younger women what is good. At Conference, we discover what that looks like together as we share ideas, experiences struggles, and victories!

Share Ideas

Throughout Conference there is ample opportunity to intentionally connect with God, worship together, and spend time in His Word.

Special Features

Thursday Evening: Women's Night of Worship

One of the most anticipated events at Conference: a night dedicated to worshipping our Great God

Annual Theme Night Experience

The Annual Theme event will prepare you to teach your girls what it means to Choose Truth!

General Session & Worship

Be challenged and inspired by speakers who are passionate about God and His Word.

Breakout Workshops

Choose from a wide variety of training opportunities—from club life to personal growth, you’ll be equipped and refreshed!

Local Flavor Night With The Big Game Show

Dinner, ice cream, a game show, sidesplitting laughter, and lots of audience participation! Come out for an evening of laughter and fun.

Pre - Conference Tours

Central Pennsylvania is beautiful and rich with history. Three great tours will be offered to better see the beautiful area surrounding Harrisburg, PA.

Pre-Conference Tours

Gettysburg Tour

8:00 am – 5:00pm

The Battle of Gettysburg was the site of more casualties than in any other battle waged on North American soil. This tour will visit the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitors Center which honors the hallowed ground where so many soldiers fought and died during the Civil War. After a tour of the center and video documentary, lunch will be served at the historic Dobbin House. A tour of the battlefield will complete the day.

Hershey Tour

8:00am – 4:30pm

Come experience the sweetness of Hershey, Pennsylvania! This tour will step back in time with a historic trolley ride which will not only feature the history of the town but also the inspiring story of Mr. Hershey. Afterward, you’ll visit the Hershey Chocolate World for the Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour. (There might just even be some chocolate samples to enjoy!) After lunch on your own, you will be awed by the Hershey Gardens—23 acres of botanical beauty.

The Amish Experience Tour

8:30am – 4:30pm

The nine pristine acres that make up Plain & Fancy are surrounded by Amish farmlands. During this tour you will experience the beauty, hard work, simplicity, and values of the Amish. This trip includes a visit at the Amish Farm Experience Theater, Country Homestead and Farmland Tour, where you’ll learn more about the Amish lifestyle and visit a country store and see many gardens and farm animals. You will also experience the original Amish Farm Feast for lunch!

Speakers

Kris Palosaari joined GEMS Girls’ Clubs in September, 2014 as the Executive Director. She is excited to meet counselors at Conference and to share her vision for the future of the ministry.

KRIS PALOSAARI

GEMS Executive Director

Anita’s mission is to inspire people to spend time with God every day through Bible reading and prayer. With a compelling story of how God used a very difficult situation in her life for His glory, Anita shares candidly how she became pregnant as a teenager and made the difficult choice to give her daughter up for adoption. joyshop.org

ANITA KEAGY

Author & Speaker

Annie uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she encourages women to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply.  anniedowns.com

ANNIE DOWNS

Author & Speaker

Cathy Coleman uses her gifts as an international speaker to bring the message of God’s faithfulness. She enjoys being able to encourage women to see anew and experience the richness of God’s grace and mercy.

CATHY COLEMAN

Pastor & Teacher

Lenae has been writing the Annual Theme resources for 11 years as Training Manager for GEMS Girls’ Clubs. The drumbeat of her heart is for girls to experience the overwhelming love of a God who ransomed Himself for each of them.

LENAE BULTHUIS

Training Manager, GEMS Girls’ Clubs

Colleen and Grace, also known as Unity Music Ministries, have been working together in worship ministry for over 30 years. These Oakville, Ontario residents have been a part of GEMS Conferences for almost 20 years. Worship with them and the Unity band are a favorite part of many women’s GEMS Conference experience.

COLLEEN & GRACE WITH THE UNITY MUSIC BAND

Worship Team

Workshops

Friday Workshop 1st Session

Conference offers a multitude of workshop options that will enrich your personal life, your spiritual life, and your life as a mentor to girls. We know it will be tough to decide on just one workshop for each timeslot, but we also know you’ll leave feeling enriched and encouraged no matter what you pick!

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Friday Workshop 2nd Session

Conference offers a multitude of workshop options that will enrich your personal life, your spiritual life, and your life as a mentor to girls. We know it will be tough to decide on just one workshop for each timeslot, but we also know you’ll leave feeling enriched and encouraged no matter what you pick!

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Saturday Workshop 1st Session

Conference offers a multitude of workshop options that will enrich your personal life, your spiritual life, and your life as a mentor to girls. We know it will be tough to decide on just one workshop for each timeslot, but we also know you’ll leave feeling enriched and encouraged no matter what you pick!

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Saturday Workshop 2nd Session

Conference offers a multitude of workshop options that will enrich your personal life, your spiritual life, and your life as a mentor to girls. We know it will be tough to decide on just one workshop for each timeslot, but we also know you’ll leave feeling enriched and encouraged no matter what you pick!

View All Day Workshops »»

Saturday Workshop 3rd Session

Conference offers a multitude of workshop options that will enrich your personal life, your spiritual life, and your life as a mentor to girls. We know it will be tough to decide on just one workshop for each timeslot, but we also know you’ll leave feeling enriched and encouraged no matter what you pick!

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