In November 1995, leaders from several discipleship and mission training programs met for a day of prayer and fasting. Drawn together by a common mission, each also shared a common desire: to respond to the need expressed by clusters of churches worldwide to provide discipleship-mission training for their own young people.
As the Holy Spirit moved, these leaders began to see that the barriers separating them and their ministries from each other had fostered competition and pride instead of collaboration. Through confession, brokenness and prayer, God birthed Global Disciples and the initial training model now known as Global Disciple Training (GDT). Since then, Global Disciples has added training for trainers in small business development (SBD) and leadership development (LEAD).
Today, Global Disciples has grown to serve in partnership with over 990 church organizations, fellowships, or denominations in 46 countries, providing training which enables them to equip and send out their own mission workers to multiply Christ-like believers and plant new, locally-sustainable fellowships and churches. The global nature of our ministry is also reflected in the 26 nationalities represented in our facilitators, trainers, and support staff.
Intimacy with Jesus. Who we are and what we do flows from our relationship with Christ.
Trusting Relationships. Building trust with our co-workers, partners, and donors is essential.
Risk-taking Obedience. Obeying Christ requires the courage to risk all for our God-given mission.
Unwavering Integrity. Being authentic, accountable, and truthful in our words and actions.
Serving with Humility. Modeling the way of Jesus is our goal, living selflessly for God’s glory.
Transforming by Prayer. We want our work to be conceived, birthed, and carried out in prayer.
Global Disciples serves to equip, connect and facilitate cooperation in the global Body of Christ among clusters of churches focused on reaching those least-reached with the Gospel. We help develop locally-sustainable discipleship-mission, small business and leadership training, rooted in commonly held commitments to:
As grateful recipients of God’s grace, we always seek to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). In each area of responsibility, we want to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Our theological understandings flow from the believers’ church tradition and we embrace the Lausanne Covenant and the Manila Manifesto.[i]
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 3:11
[i] The Lausanne Covenant and Manila Manifesto are available upon request from: info@GlobalDisciples.org