Mission Academy

At the 2019 Mission Academy, you will learn more about international and domestic mission trips.

Together, we will reflect on what it means to be in mission in the name of Jesus Christ in hopes to transform the world, one mission at a time.

We will worship together, provide team leader training, offer recertification courses, and explain more about upcoming domestic mission trips. 

The Wesley Center - Retreat and Conference Center

September 20-21

Guest speakers will include Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Rev. Tom Dolph, and Rev. Elaine Burleigh.


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Guest Speakers

Tom Dolph, Bishop Harvey, Becky Williams Harrell Wright, Willie Berman, Jim Fatic, Elizabeth McCormick, Beverly Dinnel, Chuck Reynolds, Elaine Burleigh, Amy Fuselier, Rachel Stoneman, Sam Hubbard, Judy Foust, and Diane Reich


  • Single Person Room: $155 per person
  • Double Person Room: $130 pp
  • 18 to 25 year old, overnight stay is $50 pp
    • This pricing includes the cost for room, food and meeting materials.*

Those attending Basic Team Leader Training or Recertification Training, there is an additional $20 per person to cover additional costs, such as background check and Journey Book.

If you are attending Saturday only

  • 18 to 25 years old -$30 per person
  • 26 years old and beyond - $75 per person
  • All Events will be held at The Wesley Center - Retreat and Conference Center



Friday, September 20, 2019

5:30 pm  Registration

6:30 pm  Dinner

7:30 pm  Welcome from Tom Dolph

8-9  pm  Being a Missionary in the UMC Panel w/ Becky Williams Harrell Wright

Saturday, September 21, 2019

7-8 am  Breakfast

7:45 - 8am Saturday Registration

8:15 am - 8:45 am Devotional with Bishop Harvey

8:50 am - 10am - Mission Experiences Panel w/ Willie Berman, Jim Fatic, Elizabeth McCormick, and Beverly Dinnel

10:15 am - 4pm - Basic Team Leader Training w/ Chuck Reynolds

10:15 am - 11:45 am: (Choose One)

  • Theology of Mission w/ Elaine Burleigh
  • Host Perspective of missions and receiving teams w/Willie Berman

12:00 to 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm (Choose One)

  • Domestic Missions w/ Amy Fuselier and Rachael Stoneman
  • Theology of Missions with Rev. Elaine Burleigh

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Choose One)

  • International Missions Panel that will feature Judy Foust for mission-life in Cambodia, Willie Berman for Manos Juntos, Becky Williams Harrell Wright for Chile, and Elizabeth McCormick for Mozambique 
  • Team Building, spiritual training, fundraising and new VIM manual w/ Diane Reich (team Leader Training Recertification)


Class Descriptions

Basic Team Leader Training with Chuck Reynolds
10:15 am to 4:00 pm

Join Chuck Reynolds, an experienced team leader, and trainer, to learn skills and information for planning and leading a mission team both locally and abroad. This training will look at the role of the team leader and provide practical resources for forming and building your team and its team members. It will also equip you to lead others in a mission where you will see and experience the abundant miracles of God's love.


Theology of Missions with Rev. Elaine Burleigh
10:15 am to 11:45 am OR 12:45 pm to 2:15 pm

In Theology of Mission, we will give you a new look at the local church’s role in global (and/or local) missions. We will explore the foundation of missional relationships and how God created us to live in the community. We’ll discuss transactional versus transformational relationships and what it means to live into a covenant partnership. Your love of missions will be renewed as we seek to live into the Great Commission.


Host Perspective of Missions and Receiving Teams with Willie Berman
10:15 am to 11:45 am

Willie Berman from Manos Juntos will be sharing his expertise, insight, and experience on mission trips from a host perspective. Hear about what a host church needs from you, what things you need to consider like cultural norms, language, traditions, and more.


Domestic Missions with Amy Fuselier and Rachael Stoneman
12:45 pm to 2:15 pm

Come and hear, discuss, ask questions and more about going on mission trips in Louisiana or across the United States. Jesus told us to go forth and make disciples first in Jerusalem and then into the world. The same is true for missions. We need to look in our own backyard of our communities, our parishes, our state, and our nation. So many opportunities allow us to work for a day, a weekend or a week. Missions are vital to our country and these speakers have been a huge part of domestic missions and can help you on your first or improve your next trip.


International Trips Panel that will feature Judy Foust talking about mission-life in Cambodia, Willie Berman on Manos Juntos, Becky Williams Harrell Wright on Chile, and Elizabeth McCormick on Mozambique
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm


Come and hear about overseas missions and the great VIM Mission opportunities awaiting you and your teams. Talk to the people who have been going for years to ask those questions you have always wanted to ask. Each of our speakers has valuable knowledge to make your first experience or your twentieth experience a great one.


Team Building, Spiritual Training, Fundraising, and debuting the new VIM manual (Team Leader Training Recertification) w/ Diane Reich
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

This class is ideal for those who have been through multiple team leader training and have led to many mission experiences. Although experienced leaders are welcome to take the full team leader training, this option allows certification through condensed instruction. The key points of the new training manual will be covered, including updates to best practices, insurance, forms, and policies. If time permits, participants can share suggestions and encouragement.


If you are taking the Team Building, Spiritual Training, and Fundraising (TLT Recertification)
with Diane Reich or the Team Leader Training with Chuck Reynolds,
please complete and send the Background Check Form 
to adminb@laumcmissions.org