50th Leadership Conference

Calvin College | Grand Rapids, MI | July 26-28, 2019

Join us in July 2019!

The GEMS Conference is more than just another training event. It’s a worship experience designed to refuel your relationship with Jesus. Join us July 26-28, 2019, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

More details coming Fall 2018!



Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of our 2018 Conference!

Mulder, John & Andrea; Norwich, ON
Oosterhof, Evelina & Henry; North Augusta, ON
Oosterhof, Gary & Corina; Kingston, ON

100 Huntley Street; Burlington, ON
AOK One Stop; Hospers, IA
CosMic Plants, Inc; Beamsville, ON
Counselor Thoughts, Michelle Nietert; Allen, TX
Crossroads Prison Ministries; Burlinton, ON
Dairy Farmers of Ontario; Mississauga, ON
Dibbits Excavating & Landscaping; Trenton, ON
Discovery House; Grand Rapids, MI
Egmond Associates, LTD; Brampton, ON
Epicure; Georgetown, ON
Faithgirlz; Grand Rapids, MI
Frankford Lions Club; Frankford, ON
Gather Women; Oakville, ON
Hofland Florist, LTD; Mississauga, ON
Hortico Nurseries; Waterdown, ON
Kim Roose – Dream Vacations; Pella, IA
Oatfield Poultry, Inc.; Woodstock, ON
Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan’s Purse; Boone, NC
Osterhof Electrical Services, LTD; Kingston, ON
Peters Southend Garage; Trenton, ON
Protect Young Eyes; Caledonia, MI
R&M Construction; Acton, ON
Redeemer University College; Ancaster, ON
ReMax AB Realty, Kevin Williams; New Hamburg, ON
ReMax Affiliates Realty, LTD, Jacalyn Feenstra-Grimes; Ottawa, ON
RosaFlora; Dunnville, ON
The Cocoa Company; Edgerton, MN
The Esther School; Grand Rapids, MI
Thomas Nelson; Nashville, TN
Unity Music Ministries; Mississauga, ON
ViBella Jewelry; Sioux Center, IA

Churches/GEMS Clubs
Area 26 GEMS
Area 27 GEMS
Area 31 GEMS

Download the Worship Song List from 2018 Conference

We will celebrate all God has done through 60 years of ministry.


Learn from speakers who will help you raise a generation of girls ready to boldly live for their King.


Powerful worship and reflection opportunities as well as sweet fellowship with other women.

Special Features

Worship and encouragement

Be encouraged through powerful worship and gifted international keynote and workshop leaders.

Meet girls' needs

Gain an understanding of current cultural trends so you can best meet the needs of girls today.

Pre-Conference workshop day

Come early to experience unique, Friday-only workshops by featured speakers.

Be a Blessing Annual Theme

Discover what it means to receive God's blessings so that we can pass along these blessings to others.

You choose your lodging!

Stay on-site at Redeemer or a local hotel—your choice! Lodging not included with registration.

Fellowship with friends—old and new

Fellowship and warm conversations with like-minded women from around the world

Unique Opportunities

Let's Celebrate!

GEMS is celebrating 60 years of ministry! We want to stop and honor God for everything He has done in and through women like you! Come celebrate the life-changing contribution you’ve made to girls around the world. On Friday evening, an opening worship celebration will kick off the weekend. On Saturday, we’ll end the day with a 60th Birthday Party. There will be lots of fun opportunities for fellowship, reflection, and—of coursebirthday cake!




Extend the Invitation!

You don’t have to be a GEMS counselor to attend this Conference! The event is open to:

  • All GEMS counselors­—present and past
  • Women who have gone through GEMS or Calvinettes themselves
  • Friends and supporters of GEMS
  • Women who want to broaden their understanding of girls today

Please share this registration information. For any non-counselors who attend, there will be personal encouragement workshops. A few examples include: learning to identify the lies in our lives, actively pursuing a prayer life, finding purpose in all activities at all ages, deepening your trust in Jesus, walking with others through mental illness, and learning what it means for busy women to rest.


Cindy Bultema is the Executive Director of GEMS Girls’ Clubs. She loves the Lord, loves life, loves her family, and loves to celebrate! With over 20 years of ministry experience, Cindy is also a popular women’s speaker, Bible teacher, and communications coach. Cindy has been a Children’s Director, written children’s curriculum, served as a Compassion International ambassador, and been a Grief Share seminar expert. Cindy lives in West Michigan with her husband and their four children. cindybultema.com

Cindy Bultema

Executive Director, GEMS Girls' Clubs

Lenae Bulthuis is the Training & Club Development Manager for GEMS Girls’ Clubs. For fifteen years her work has encouraged counselors and girls across North America. In addition to her work for GEMS, Lenae writes for blogs and magazines and speaks to women about the life-changing truth that God didn’t just save us by grace, He invites us to live by grace. She lives with her husband, Mike, on a grain and livestock farm in west-central Minnesota where she reads, writes, and wraps her arms around their grandlittles. gemsgc.org

Lenae Bulthuis

Training & Club Development Manager, GEMS Girls’ Clubs

Amelia is an author, speaker, and storyteller with a passion for connecting people to God and each other. As a recovering perfectionist who has been freed, by God’s grace, from the grip of perpetual anxiety, Amelia encourages women to discover who they are in Christ and to deepen their relationships with each other. Her favorite activities include coffee breaks and pizza parties with friends and family. Amelia lives in Lowell, Michigan with her husband and two children. ameliarhodes.com


Amelia Rhodes

Author & Speaker


Please check back after September!


The GEMS ministry is committed to investing in the lives of the women who selflessly pour out week after week. Through the Conference workshops you will receive opportunities to strengthen your team, engage with women who understand club dynamics, and stand in the gap for your girls through powerful worship and prayer experiences. You’ll be equipped and encouraged to partner with parents and churches to develop the character, heart, and faith of each girl you encounter. Through the knowledgeable speakers you’ll leave understanding current cultural trends and how to connect with girls today. Conference offers a multitude of workshops that will enrich your personal life, your spiritual life, and your life as a mentor to girls.

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Friday Workshops

Unique, Pre-Conference workshops designed as a great add-on experience to extend your weekend of learning and growing!


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Saturday Workshops

31 fantastic workshop options to equip you for service lead by knowledgeable, entertaining, and Jesus-loving men and women!


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Sunday Workshops

Experiential worship options designed to draw you closer to Jesus as you close out your Conference weekend.

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