The Global Gathering

Create Justice: Do. Think. Be.

The Global Gathering will raise up a new generation of leaders ‘to go boldly into the world and disrupt!' As we come together to create holistic strategies - ecological and economic sustainability, eradication of spiritual and physical poverty - we seek to unite the global tribe by bringing young people together to disrupt the world. In January 2015, 15-30 year-olds from around the world will converge in the Yucatan Peninsula to:

each other to tackle global issues
of poverty, human trafficking, and
sustainable technology.
with other students and renowned
speakers to develop holistic
lifestyles under the Lordship
of Jesus.
alongside local pastors and
community leaders to create
transformational communities.
homes alongside families in need.

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Trip Details

January 3-10, 2015 | Yucatan, Mexico

The trip will involve the participants in house building projects as well as community engagement alongside church leaders of the Yucatan. The community engagement will allow each person to be involved in a ministry opportunity of their choice such as children's outreach, sports outreach, prayer outreach, and community health outreach. Gathering times will include contemplative worship, Bible studies and small groups, and prayer with global leaders speaking into the lives of participants on how to live a life of Disruption.

Before November 1, 2014 $950* Register
After November 1, 2014 $1050*  

*Four people per room.  Additional cost for single or double occupancy

Got questions? Want to know more about what to expect at the Global Gathering? For inquiries about the trip contact April Congdon  To register, contact Melissa Hester


International Leadership Team


Deb Stanley leading worship
Deb Stanley

Deborah works for youth ministry Soul Survivor in Canberra and it's rural surrounding regions and coordinates the worship and songwriting teams which are part of Soul Survivor in Australia. She loves training and raising up young leaders to be passionate and equipped to worship Jesus in practical ways. On most weekends you can find Deborah 'on the road' at a youth group or rural church with other young people, supporting the work of local churches. Deb loves helping people authentically express their love for God in song and action, so you will probably see her with guitar in hand most of the time!


Tony Campolo

Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christians movement and blogs regularly at their website,, and can also be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Campolo is an ordained minister, has served American Baptist Churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is presently recognized as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. He and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.

Matt Summerfield

Matt Summerfield balances his time between being the Chief Executive of Urban Saints and the Senior Pastor of Hitchin Christian Centre. Life is never dull!  He is passionate about releasing potential in people and organizations, with a particular bias towards seeing children and young people live God’s great adventure for their lives.  He has been involved in youth work for twenty-five years. Also, he is the founder of the, a new movement of people committed to intentional, accountable disciple-making relationships. Matt is married to his tap-dancer wife Jo, and they have two sons, Andrew (21) and Daniel (18).

Mark Yaconelli

Mark Yaconelli is a writer, speaker, retreat leader, spiritual director, community activist, youth worker, storyteller, disco dancer, husband, and father. He is the co-founder and program director for the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology which seeks to heal broken people and communities through contemplation, creativity, and compassion.  Mark spent 20 years working with young people and the people who serve them (parents, youth workers, pastors) in congregational, camp, and conference settings.  His research and ministry with young people has been ground-breaking in its exploration of spiritual direction, contemplation, and ancient spiritual practices as the basis of formation with young people. Mark lives in Southern Oregon with his wife Jill, and their three children–Noah, Joseph, and Grace.

Gayla Congdon

Gayla holds the position of Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer at Amor Ministires. Gayla oversees the staff’s spiritual health, as well as, communicates the goals, mission, and purpose of the organization to its constituents. She earned a master’s degree in 1989 from Hope International University and was presented an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Northwest Christian College in June of 2000.  She recently authored the book, "Disrupted: Cultivating a Mission-Focused Life," that has become a Christian bestseller with an international readership. Gayla is a sought after speaker internationally and has spoken to US, Canadian, Australian, UK and South African audiences this past year. She conveys her passion of being a follower of Christ through the art of storytelling with an emphasis on how God wants to use all of us to impact the world.   Her strength is the ability to speak across generations on a wide variety of topics from her 34 years as a missionary that resides with her husband Scott in the inner city of San Diego, California.

A day at the Global Gathering:

  • Breakfast with fellow disrupters
  • Devotions led by Matt Summerfield of Urban Saints
  • Housebuilding in the community
  • Lunch and debrief of the morning activities
  • Community Outreach
  • Dinner
  • Contemplative worship
  • Small group discussions


Global Gathering Volunteer Opportunities:

Help us raise up a generation of Disrupters by serving at the Global Gathering.  If you are over 30 and want to make a difference in the lives of young people, consider coming alongside our Leadership team as a volunteer. 

Volunteers will be required to arrive on January 2nd as close to noon as possible unless otherwise advised.  Your cost with the additional day will be the same as regular participants.  You will have the opportunity to fundraise towards your trip cost. 

As a volunteer you will be assigned to serve in one or two of these areas:

  • Working alongside the Amor staff and leadership team to provide a life-changing mission experience
  • Hospitality throughout the Gathering
  • Prep work for Community Engagement outreaches
  • Serving on building and outreach sites
  • Prep work for daily lunches and snacks
  • Staging Gathering activities
  • Sound and lighting for Gathering activities
  • Video and Photograph

To apply as a volunteer you will need to go through the registration process just like a participant.  Once you have been accepted we will work to place you in the right area of service.

We are asking you to come with a servant's heart willing to do what is asked of you while you are at the Global Gathering.