We are the Underground Church

Who We Aren’t

There are many ministries worldwide who focus on bringing aid to and telling the stories of the underground church. These ministries are helpful and often encouraging to the members of the underground church. They provide practical relief where it is needed, as well as an opportunity for the persecuted church to share the realities of life with the rest of the world, and then they return back to their own homes and countries. Global Catalytic Ministries is not one of these ministries.

We are the Underground Church

We are the underground church. Worldwide, our disciple makers come from persecuted nations and ministers to persecuted nations. We are made up of a people living in the hardest and darkest places and beyond, sharing the love of Jesus in the most difficult of circumstances. As we make disciples in the hardest nations, our ministry grows organically with disciple makers also from those nations. We do not simply visit persecuted nations, snapping a few pictures and recording an encouraging story or two. No. We make our homes there. We raise our children there. We live and work and know and love these nations. The underground church is our home. We are the underground church, telling our own stories.

Standing Together

At the same time, we have global partners who aren’t themselves living in persecuted nations. However, through financial partnership and prayer, they have joined in unity with our team. They too, have become the underground church: taking on the burdens of those in the darkest nations as if they were their own. By doing so, they can stand with the underground church in a personal way, sharing the ache of hardship and the joy of seeing Jesus break in in unprecedented ways.

The Global Bride

We are the church. The worldwide, global bride of Jesus. Persecuted or not, we stand with the underground church- with our feet in the soil of these nations or our finances and prayers watering the seeds on the ground. At Global Catalytic Ministries, one of our mission statements is as follows: We are the underground church. We don’t just tell the stories of the underground church, we are the underground church.

We are the underground church

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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!”