The Great Commission
Essentially, we train the trainers.
We have developed an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to the Great Commission that proves to be highly effective, has a significant multiplying outcome, and is sustainable by indigenous churches.
When a church or group of churches in Africa, Asia, or Latin America wants to mobilize their people to multiply disciples and go out as mission workers, Global Disciples comes alongside to train and equip the men and women, chosen by their churches, who will develop and direct a training program.
We train the director with a working, proven training model. The director sets up the program and trains those who come as disciple-makers and church planters. Then they are sent out to communities and people groups where Jesus Christ is unknown and begin the work of evangelism and church planting.
We not only help a cluster or cooperating group of churches set up discipleship-mission training, but we also assist to equip these new church planters to be self-supporting, using small business to provide an income for their family, and to give them a presence or purpose in a community, opening doors to new relationships. This is especially effective in regions where the traditional type of evangelist/missionary would be unwelcome.
Our leadership training supports the church planters and other leaders in developing skills and habits as effective leaders, in the model of Jesus, to carry out their ministry, and mentor others as well.
Why do we approach the Great Commission this way?
Because churches in many nations now have the vision and ability to send their own missionaries. And many live near unreached people groups, often sharing common or related languages, cultures, socio-economic status, etc. By mobilizing this enormous resource of people, we can – together – multiply the Body of Christ among those who have not yet heard the Gospel.
- 29% of the world’s population has never heard the Gospel. Global Disciples refers to these people as “least-reached.”
- Fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among people groups least-reached with the Gospel.
- 91% of unreached people groups live in areas that restrict Christian witness.
- More than 50% of the world’s least-reached people live in China and India.
- In 40 countries, at least 50% of the population has never heard the Gospel.