Innovating for the Gospel: The New Face of Missions

We will do whatever it takes to share the gospel and reach people in the darkest places. To reach people no one is reaching, we’ll have to do things no one is doing. This is one of our vision statements here at Global Catalytic Ministries and something that continually drives us.

Godly Creativity

In a generation that values innovation for innovation’s sake, or for the credit of the innovator, we have an entirely different motive. We innovate for the sake of the gospel going forth to those who have never heard it, or have already rejected it. Jesus is the motive and creative innovation flows from intimacy with the ultimate Creator.

While we greatly respect and honor the missionaries of old, on whose shoulders we stand and without whom the gospel would not have gone forth as it has, we can not keep doing what we’ve always been doing and expect to see new fruit. The world is continually changing and we believe God has gifted individuals with creative breakthroughs for how to reach new people in new ways.

Worldwide Access

Hundreds of years ago missionaries could only have dreamt of the kind of worldwide access we enjoy today. What used to be a journey of months and even years on boats and horseback has now become no more than a 24 hour plane ride. With this huge development comes a responsibility to steward it. We must go to the ends of the earth for the gospel and we do. Here at GCM we have disciple makers in twenty four different nations, and that number will continue to increase. We have the incredible privilege of adapting our model for many different cultures and people groups, from Iraq to Germany, and watching God reach new people everywhere.

Ever Changing Technology

Technology has drastically changed the face of missions as well. While the most life changing work will always be done face to face, improved technology has given us new reach. Blogs such as these, social media usage, and documentaries like Sheep Among Wolves help spread the word on what God is doing globally in a way that was never before possible. Here at GCM we will take full advantage of these new methods to reach people no one is reaching.

Disciple Making

Our most effective strategy, however, remains disciple making. Gone are the days of a single missionary setting up a church and calling people to worship. While that had great success over the years, we must continually press forward. Like the Circuit Riders of old traveling on horseback to reach America or the Hallelujah Lassies of the Salvation Army adapting drinking songs and boldly going to the streets to call people to God, we believe the next great move of God requires creative strategy. This is where disciple making comes in. In many ways, it’s an age-old idea. Wasn’t Jesus’ blueprint to change the world to raise up twelve men and disciple them into action?

Making Disciples Underground

In many parts of the world Christianity is illegal. Simply setting up a church and practicing street preaching would cost the Christian his life immediately and be completely ineffective at drawing new believers. In contrast, training Christians to make disciples underground as they raise their families, do their work, and serve their neighbors is leading to a global spread of Christianity as unique and undeniable as any revival that has come before.

Disciple Making in the West

Even in nations where Christianity is still legal, disciple making has proved an effective and efficient strategy. In a generation that has, in many ways, turned their backs on organized religion, believers trained to make disciples in this way have seen incredible fruit. The darkest places aren’t only where visible persecution abounds, it exists also where the persecution comes from an unrelenting social pressure to compromise your convictions and settle down in your faith. Even there, disciple making is necessary to see a fresh wave of salvation.

Reaching the Unreached

The hardest and darkest places on earth exist in every corner, both where you would expect them and where it creeps in unexpectedly. Here at GCM we are committed to using every strategy we have available and creating new ones to reach every soul. After all, to reach people no one is reaching, we will have to do things no one is doing.

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”