Religion, Spiritual Development

Global Disciples

  • Lancaster, PA
  • www.globaldisciples.org

Mission Statement

Over two billion people have never heard the Gospel in a way that enables them to understand and respond. The Global Disciples vision is for every person to have the opportunity at least once to hear, understand, and respond to the Good News of Jesus. Global Disciples believes that empowering local people to reach their least-reached neighbors is the most sincere, resourceful, and honoring way to effect this need of salvation in the world. Many of these least-reached people live where traditional Christian mission is severely limited.
Since 1995, Global Disciples has effectively approached this challenge with an indigenous-based mission approach, empowering clusters of churches around the world in close proximity to these least-reached regions to train and send out their own missionaries and church planters. The discipleship-mission training phase (GDT) equips groups of churches to develop programs that train their church members as disciple-makers who can plant churches among least-reached peoples. The small business development training phase (SBD) gives these disciple-makers access to restricted areas by providing them with an economic support to ensure that ministry is locally-sustainable. The leadership development phase (LEAD) trains people of influence as Christ-like leaders who can mentor, disciple, and multiply leaders to meet the needs of newly planted churches. The combined efforts of all three phases of training make up the Multiplying Churches Strategy.
In the past five years, Global Disciples has trained 960 church planters in small business strategies, helped to plant 4,268 churches in least-reached areas, trained and sent out 24,951 disciple-makers, and helped to bring 126,831 new believers into the church.
Global Disciples longs to see indigenous people equipped and passionate to reach those least-reached people groups in the only way that works—in a local, self-sustaining, multiplying model that fuels and grows itself without dependence on Western involvement. Who best to reach those unreached with the Gospel than the community right around them?

Main Programs

  1. GDT (Global DISCIPLE Training) Alliance
  2. Global SBD
  3. Global LEAD Alliance
Service Areas

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International

Global Disciples works with churches primarily located in the 10/40 window.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer

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Galen Burkholder

Keywords

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church, disciple, leader, business, mission, churchplanting, discipleship, small business, sustainability

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EIN

23-2854114

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Over 42,000 people came to Christ and planted over 1,550 new churches in a recent three-year period.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

GDT (Global DISCIPLE Training) Alliance

Global Disciples facilitates the Great Commission by providing churches around the world with a reproducible and adaptable model of a discipleship-mission and church planting program. Through insight, encouragement, teaching materials, and financial resources, Global Disciples enables churches to start their own discipleship-mission training and sending programs, training church members to become disciple-makers and plant healthy, multiplying churches. Global Disciples is dedicated to local ownership and sustainability; GDT always requires the programs started to provide over half of the funds for their upkeep and training. This means that, in the first year, the churches running a local program provide 51% in local funds of the total program budget, then 70% and 85% in the second and third year. GDT will match this amount with 49% the first year, followed by 30% and 15% in the subsequent years. The program becomes totally locally-sustainable and accepted into membership after its third year.
As of May 2016, 645 of these discipleship-mission training programs are being conducted by groups of churches around the world, many of which are located near people groups that are least-reached with the Gospel of Christ. Out of these, 348 are totally locally-sustainable and reproducible.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

Global SBD

One of the ways Global Disciples works with indigenous churches is by equipping their church planters with business skills and a personalized small business plan so they can enter economically poor and undeveloped areas unreached with the Gospel. These church planters then have the resources and knowledge to join the community, start a business to both assist the economy and support themselves, build relationships, share Jesus, and plant reproducing fellowships of believers.

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Program 3

Global LEAD Alliance

Global Disciples addresses the huge need for Christ-like leaders in all areas of society by working with an international network of leadership development programs that multiply leaders of character with the skills and knowledge to lead effectively. Global Disciples believes that healthy and competent leadership is essential for furthering the work of the Great Commission, and so offers trainings to train church cluster congregants how to be responsive, Christ-like leaders and mentors.
As of May 2016, there are 207 of these leadership training programs being conducted by groups of churches around the world, many with access to restricted areas.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Global Disciples vision is to see every person have an opportunity to choose and follow Jesus Christ. Because the organization believes that empowering local people to reach their least-reached neighbors is the most sincere, resourceful, and honoring way to effect this need of salvation in the world, Global Disciples equips clusters of local churches in a specific region with resources in three areas: discipleship-training, leadership development, and small business development.
    Global Disciples is not a mission-sending organization. What makes our model unique is that, as an organization, Global Disciples never "owns" any of the programs it helps to initiate. This is a training model that gives indigenous, local people all over the world the resources they need so they can begin, direct, and own independent discipleship-training programs to further church planting and evangelism to the least-reached in their regions.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Global Disciples has identified the three areas of discipleship-training, leadership development, and small business development as critical needs for healthy and effective evangelism. The organization's three training phases provide indigenous church members with training in these arenas. The discipleship-mission training phase (GDT) equips groups of churches to develop programs that train their congregants as disciple-makers who can plant churches among least-reached peoples. The small business development training phrase (SBD) gives these disciple-makers access to restricted areas by providing them with the economic and ministry support to ensure that programs are locally-sustainable. Our leadership development phase (LEAD) trains persons of influence as Christ-like leaders who can mentor, disciple, and multiply leaders to meet the needs of newly planted churches.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Global Disciples model is possible due to our number of staff indigenous to the countries in which they are working. Our church planting model relies entirely on indigenous people who were raised in the culture, context, and understanding of the regions in which they are evangelizing; this applies to our international staff who are closely working with these Program Directors and churches. Because our International team makes up over half of the entire Global Disciples staff, and because they are able to be close geographically, experientially, and relationally to the people running programs, Global Disciples is better able to ensure healthy program growth and effective, sincere discipleship.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Global Disciples works with churches primarily located in the 10/40 window.

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Financials

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GLOBAL DISCIPLES
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Global Disciples

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Principal Officer

Galen Burkholder

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kent Martin

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