Global Disciples Adapts Missions to Least-reached During Coronavirus

Photo courtesy of Global Disciples.

Local churches in countries around the world are uniquely equipped to reach the least-reached communities near them with the Gospel. After all, they share the same language and cultural context, and they can relate on a level that outside missionaries cannot.

However, these churches often need training and support – things they find with Global Disciples.

Global Disciples’ mission is “to make it possible for clusters of churches to multiply Christ-like disciples and locally-sustainable fellowships among least-reached people.” They do this by training local Christians to share Jesus, make disciples, and plant churches among least-reached communities. Their model includes discipleship-mission training, small business training, and leadership training.

But in a pandemic year, these critical trainings with Global Disciples look a little different.

“A lot of it is happening virtually,” says Barbara Gerhart with Global Disciples. Especially when facilitators and program directors are connecting from remote areas, “maintaining good internet connections is always an issue.”

While Global Disciples has adapted their discipleship training for social distancing, it’s also expanding.

“We’re working at really upgrading that training so that any and all of them are able to train directors who can go out and train others in discipleship-mission [and] small business leadership, preparing for the time that when things become more open, we can actually multiply our training in a way that previously we’ve probably been a little more limited,” Gerhart says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh


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