All-Unit Meeting

Welcome to the MDS All-Unit Meeting

MDS All-Unit Meeting

The All-Unit Meeting (AUM) is MDS’ annual meeting in which all units, volunteers, and MDS staff come together to worship, learn, and fellowship. Anyone is welcome to attend.


The next AUM will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona at the beautiful Double Tree Suites near the Tucson Airport at 7051 S. Tucson Blvd.

To register, please click here to submit the online registration form. You may also complete the paper registration here (US residents) and here (Canadian residents).

Booking your Hotel

Room blocks have been reserved at the following hotels. All three are within walking distance of each other.

We recommend starting with the DoubleTree. Should that become filled, move down the list. You can call the hotel directly to reserve a room or book online using the links provided below. To reserve the group rate, be sure to mention that you are with “MDS All-Unit”. 

***It is important that you book your room early. There is an international gem show in Tucson that weekend and rooms are filling quickly***

DoubleTree Suites Tucson Airport
7051 S. Tucson Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85756
$139 per night (not including taxes)
Breakfast included; double and king beds available
Book your room online here.

Hampton Inn Tucson Airport
6971 S Tucson Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85756
$139 per night (not including taxes)
Breakfast included; double and king beds available
Book your room online here. (The room block rate expires January 7.)

La Quinta Inn & Suites Tucson Airport
7001 S Tucson Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85706
$159 per night (not including taxes)
Breakfast included; double and king beds available




1. From Party Lines to Face Time: Communicating Across Generations

Facilitators: Ron Guenther and Becky Gochnauer
Learn what has shaped every generation, from the silent generation to generation Z, and how that translates to the way each generation communicates with and understands each other.

2. Case Management and Construction: Vital Partners

Facilitator: Jerry Grosh and guest from UMCOR
As MDS rebuilds in various communities, we look for partnerships with Disaster Case Managers who help disaster survivors plan for recovery. Learn how the roles of the Case Managers and MDS complement each other in the process of getting people home after disasters.

3. Stories from Hesston College Students 

Facilitator: Cleo Koop
What happens when Hesston College students spend eight weeks working with MDS in Pine Ridge, South Dakota? The MDS Summer Field Experience is an excellent opportunity for hands-on experiences at an active MDS work site. Ordinary assumptions in life are challenged, shaped and changed as student’s worldview is expanded. Come and hear the stories for Hesston College students at this workshop.

4. MDS Vehicles and Equipment

Facilitator: Brett Troyer
Have you ever wondered how MDS coordinates so many vehicles and equipment after disaster across Canada and the U.S.? Come and learn the details and logistics of getting equipment in place after disaster.

5. Collaborative Approach to Recruiting Leadership Volunteers

Facilitator: Phil Helmuth
Recruiting leadership volunteers is more than asking. Come and explore the elements for a collaborative approach to developing MDS project leadership.

2018 Highlights


2017 All-Unit Meeting 

On February 10-11, 2017 MDS held its annual All-Unit meeting at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. The estimated 250 people that attended enjoyed presentations from all five regions, three different workshops, delicious food, an auction, and good fellowship.

If you missed the event but would like to hear some of the speeches please visit the MDS audio page.


2017 Highlights


Past All-Unit Meetings

The first All-Unit meeting was held in the middle 1950s and outside of a few years the meeting has been held every year since in all parts of the U.S. and Canada. For further details of the event click to view the history of MDS All-Unit meetings.