Montana State University | Bozeman, MT | July 21-24,2016
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you
(1 Thessalonians 3:12).
God’s love is overflowing! So much so that He calls us His friend! Come learn to live from the overflow of God’s love and to demonstrate an infectious love for one another through words, attitude, and action.
At Conference God’s love nourishes attendees through interactions with and encouragement from other women of faith.
We celebrate the unique design of every counselor and every club. No matter your journey, in this space you will feel enfolded and cherished for who you were created to be!
Share ideas and be stretched to look beyond the ordinary—intentionally encountering God in new ways as you deepen your understanding of girls and what it looks like to mentor well.
The opening event of Conference is a night dedicated to worshipping our great God!
The Annual Theme event will prepare you to show up at club ready to teach your girls that Love Overflows!
Be challenged by speakers who show up to challenge us to live in the overflow of God’s love!
Choose from a wide variety of training opportunities—from club life to personal growth, you’ll be equipped and refreshed!
You won’t want to miss an evening of relaxation, fun, and fellowship out on The Ranch! Dinner, entertainment, and games await us as we enjoy a beautiful evening outdoors.
Show up and enjoy a day of sightseeing in Big Sky Country and be amazed at the beauty of Montana!
Enjoy the gorgeous Montana scenery during an exciting day of white water rafting and zip lining. Both activities will take place in the Gallatin Canyon where the scenery consists of towering cliffs, pine trees, and a rushing river. You will enjoy a half-day white water rafting on the Gallatin River followed by zip lining through the Gallatin Canyon. This beautiful scenery is the location where they filmed part of the movie A River Runs Through It.
Looking to experience a bit of the Old Wild West? Come visit the historic Virginia City and Nevada City! These cities flourished when gold was found in nearby rivers. The gold rush turned Virginia City into an important mining town, and it was the capital of Montana from 1865-1875. When the gold rush ended, so did the towns. Nevada City became a ghost town and Virginia City was sparsely populated. Not much has changed since the late 19th century, and this is your chance to experience the Old West. Enjoy a scenic train ride between the two cities, tour Nevada City’s outdoor museum, and even pan for gold!
Established in 1872, Yellowstone is America’s first national park. It is home to bears, bison, elk, and many other animals in addition to being home to the Old Faithful Geysers and other naturally occurring geysers, hot springs and mud pots. We will visit the quaint town of West Yellowstone and enter the park at the North Entrance. There will be opportunities to see Old Faithful as well as many other gorgeous sites Yellowstone has to offer.
Liz Curtis Higgs is an applauded author and speaker. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and funny—helping both sisters and seekers embrace the truth of God’s amazing, unchanging grace. She is eager to meet and encourage her GEMS sisters!
Liz Curtis Higgs
Lenae Bulthuis writes the Annual Theme resources and overseas the training program as Training Manager for GEMS. For thirteen years her work has given encouragement and hope to counselors and girls across North America.
Kris has served as the Executive Director since September 2014. She loves meeting the women who make GEMS a reality and is passionate about leading a new generation of girls into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus.
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 20 years. Worshipping with them is a highlight of Conference for many!
Conference offers a multitude of workshops that will enrich your personal life, your spiritual life, and your life as a mentor. Through these interactions with speakers and other attendees you will be challenged and encouraged to grow!
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