FAQ

This is one of the most common questions we are asked—with good reason. While GCM and FAI are two completely distinct ministries, we consider FAI—its leadership team and staff—to be some of our dearest friends and co-laborers for the Gospel throughout the Middle East. Joel Richardson, who formerly served on the GCM board and is presently part of the GCM staff, also currently serves as the chairman of the board for FAI. Beyond this, it was FAIStudios, a branch of FAI, under the leadership of Dalton Thomas, who produced the film Sheep Among Wolves II, which highlights the work of GCM.

Believe it or not, this is apparently the number one question that people type into Google search when they are considering partnering with Global Catalytic Ministries. With that said, yes of course we are very trustworthy. GCM is a registered 501-(c)3 non-profit with IRS designated tax exempt status and is further classified as a Public Charity under IRS code section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) since its formation in 2014. The unique ministry of GCM is carried out entirely by nationals and former musilms some whom were even terrorists. All are passionate about bringing the gospel to their fellow countrymen and do so at great personal cost and risk.

Global Catalytic Ministries exists to transform Muslims worldwide through Jesus Christ by means of building and cultivating prayer and worship, disciple-making, church planting and leadership development.

GCM was founded in 2014 by a legal Board of Directors to protect the identity of the Underground Church planters for the security risks involved with working in persecuted nations with restricted Christian access, and became a registered 501-(c)3 non-profit with IRS designated tax exempt status since its formation.

GCM is a 501(c)(3) organization and is further classified as a Public Charity under IRS code section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi).  IRS does not require an organization with this classification to file a 990. GCM supporters including foundations, churches, major donors and potential donors have been satisfied with a copy of our annual financial statements prepared by an outside CPA firm.

 

 

Because GCM operates as a family and not a business our organization doesn’t operate in a traditional hierarchy you may see in a Western Local Church. Our Organizational leaders are ministry executives that hold ministerial credentials and give organizational and pastoral oversight to the areas of discipleship, evangelism, church planting, prayer, and compassion ministries. Frontline workers are also called “in-country leaders who are full-time underground church planters we work closely with in mentorship and coaching.

Our 2021 audit by a 3rd party company came back at 80.5% went to projects and only 19.5% to administrative and funding costs.

We set out with an initial goal of $500k for Afghanistan relief. We ended up raising $4.5 million. Because of this ground swell of support we expanded our Afghanistan relief vision to include a 3 year “Restore and Rebuild” plan. Since we have worked in Afghanistan for several years and planted around 100 churches there, we were able to mobilize our existing network of trusted leaders to deliver resources to believers in Afghanistan.

We specialize in creating decentralized rapidly reproducing disciple-making movements. We focus on reaching and raising up local, indigenous, leaders and equipping them with tools to start and lead movements in their cities and villages. The majority of our disciple-makers are volunteers.

Sheep Among Wolves could refer to a couple things. In 2019, FAIStudios produced Sheep Among Wolves II. The film primarily highlights the work of GCM, one of the most viral underground church networks in Iran, Afghanistan, and several other Muslim majority nations. Many of you learned about GCM through this film. In 2020, several of GCMs underground leaders felt strongly that the Lord was impressing upon them to begin training western Christian leaders with the tools and lessons that they gained planting churches in extremely restricted nations. This western arm of GCM was named after the film, Sheep Among Wolves.

GCM exists to transform Muslims worldwide through Jesus Christ by means of disciple-making, church planting, and leadership development. Sheep Among Wolves is the disciple-making arm of GCM. Two self-titled films were made about the work we are doing in the East, and now those trainers are coming to train the West.

 

Disciple-making is our core strategy. GCM’s disciple-making ministry, Sheep Among Wolves, is rooted in sound, evangelistic doctrine, and obedience to Christ. The methodology goes beyond bringing people to Jesus and bears lasting fruit. Based on Christ’s instructions in Matthew 10 and Luke 10, this approach is scriptural, relational and in-depth.

GCM was founded in 2014 by a legal Board of Directors to protect the identity of the Underground Church planters for the security risks involved with working in persecuted nations with restricted Christian access.

GCM is composed of a legal Board of Directors, Executive Staff Team, US Based Administrative Staff, and Global Underground Church Pastors and Field Contractors.

GCM meets and/or exceeds financial standards of integrity and accountability from agencies such as Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA), Excellence In Giving (EIG) and others. Additionally GCM has an outside firm conduct financial audits each year. GCM can provide a financial report to donors and non-donors upon request.

We specialize in creating decentralized rapidly reproducing disciple-making movements. We focus on reaching and raising up local, indigenous, leaders and equipping them with tools to start and lead movements in their cities and villages. The majority of our disciple-makers are volunteers.

The annual budget of GCM has consistently grown since its formation. The Afghanistan crisis has created an unprecedented response from generous donors which makes 2021 an unusual year. Through much prayer and consideration we have implemented an internal restructure of our organization including clearly defining roles for key leadership, promoted from within, and added a few administrative positions. This has greatly added to our capacity and productivity. 

 

 

Sheep Among Wolves America was birthed out of the hunger and heart cry of the Western Church in their response to the feature film documentary Sheep Among Wolves Volume II. The Western Church asked GCM to help them prepare for persecution and learn how to make disciples in a form that would not have to rely on buildings, bank accounts, 501c3’s and centralized leadership. If the fastest growing church in the world is doing it without these things, then what is America doing wrong?

GCM sat with church leaders and individuals across America and continues to equip prayer strategies, learning how to hear God’s voice, developing leaders, and discipling lost people in your own city. GCM is addressing the true Apostolic form and function Christ died to give the Church, His Bride, that she would be made ready for His second coming. Sheep Among Wolves exists to equip the body of Christ in this manor.