One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet.
Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that.
Global Disciples helps the church fulfill the Great Commission among least-reached people.
To see that every person has an opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand and respond.
That disciples of Jesus Christ, from many nations and vocations, will embrace this vision and do their part.
To make it possible for clusters of churches to multiply Christ-like disciples and locally-sustainable fellowships among least-reached people.
Our Central Focus
To equip leaders selected by their churches to multiply Christ-like disciples, who multiply churches among least-reached people.
That local expressions of the Body of Christ in close proximity to least-reached people are best able to reach them—and we all can help.
The values guiding Global Disciples set the pattern of our relationships, integrity and ethics, how we deal with conflict, how we communicate and more.
Intimacy with Jesus.
Who we are and what we do flows from our relationship with Christ.
Building trust with our co-workers, partners, and donors is essential.
Obeying Christ requires the courage to risk all for our God-given mission.
Being authentic, accountable, and truthful in our words and actions.
Serving with Humility.
Modelling 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.
Our Statement of Faith
Global Disciples serves to connect and facilitate cooperation within the global Body of Christ among clusters of churches that are engaged in discipleship, mission, and leadership training ministries and share our commitment to:
- Glorify God, the Creator and eternal Lord of the universe
- Exalt the only Savior and risen Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son
- Rely on the Holy Spirit to teach, convict, comfort and empower
- Accept the Bible as the divinely inspired, authoritative Word of God
- Demonstrate love for those in the church, the Body of Christ
- Show love for those without Christ through lives of compassionate service, righteous living, and evangelism
- Celebrate the sanctity of human life from conception to death, understanding we are created male and female, in the image of God
- Live in sexual purity, whether single or in a marriage covenant between a man and a woman
- Pray and work diligently to see the Gospel spread to all peoples in anticipation of the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ
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, it will be our goal to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Our theological understanding flows within the believers’ church tradition and we embrace the Lausanne Covenant and the Manila Manifesto.
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 3:11)
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, they shared a common desire: to respond to the need expressed by churches worldwide to provide discipleship-mission training for their own young people.
As the Holy Spirit moved, these leaders began seeing how the barriers separating them and their ministries from each other had prevented 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 serves in partnership with more than 1,462 church organizations, fellowships or denominations, in 64 countries, providing training enabling them to equip and send out mission workers to multiply Christ-like believers and plant locally-sustainable fellowships and churches.
Global Disciples Canada was established in 2013 as a federal not-for-profit corporation with CRA registered charitable status. We see ourselves as one small part of a big thing God is doing. We pray that we’ll see spiritual renewal here at home as we partner with others who are following Jesus, often at great cost. We work closely with the international Global Disciples team to accomplish Jesus’ Great Commission.
Global Disciples is launched by Galen Burkholder in partnership with 5 discipleship-mission programs in Canada, Ethiopia and the USA.
Small Business Development Training Begins.
Leadership training launches to assist indigenous churches in training leaders in character, skills and knowledge.
15 training programs multiply to 57 training programs
Discipleship-mission and leadership training programs grow to 64 programs operating in 24 countries.
16,681 people come to faith in Jesus Christ and 1,108 churches are planted as a result of our Discipleship-Mission training programs.
Our 1st National Foundation launches in Indonesia to provide leadership and funding for national ministry. 18,412 people come to faith In Jesus Christ and 895 Churches are planted in this year.
Our 2nd National Foundation launches in Ethiopia. 15,078 People come to faith In Jesus Christ and 723 Churches are planted in this year.
18,190 New Believers come to faith in Jesus Christ and 607 Churches are planted in this year.
The Canadian Foundation, Global Disciples Canada, is launched alongside the National Foundation in Kenya.
Our National Foundation launches in India.
10,363 Disciple-Makers trained in this year and now operating in 43 countries.
2,037 Churches Planted as a result of our Discipleship-mission training programs. 13,021 Disciple-makers Trained.
77,560 people come to faith in Jesus Christ and 3,213 Churches planted in this year.
Our National Foundations launch in Nigeria & Zambia. 83,515 people come to faith in Jesus Christ and 3,507 Churches planted in this year.
Our National Foundation launches in Mexico. Global Disciples training programs now operating in 62 countries.
Our 25th year Anniversary of Training Leaders.
I am a global disciple of Jesus.
My allegiance is to Jesus Christ. He is the Living Word of God, as revealed by the Holy Spirit and through the Bible.
I want to do my part so everyone has the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus and to choose if they will believe and follow Him. My desire is to see each person experience the transforming love of Jesus, live in the fullness of the Spirit and enjoy God forever.
As a participant in a local expression of the global Body of Christ, I am united in heart and purpose with sisters and brothers of many nations, ethnic groups, languages, and churches to glorify God and to make Him known.
I believe my part as a global disciple of Jesus Christ is to:
- Pursue Intimacy with God as my Creator, Provider and Father, through Jesus my Saviour, Lord and Friend
- Love others as Jesus loves them, relating and serving as witnesses in word and deed, loving even enemies
- Pray diligently for people who do not yet know Christ, especially those unreached with the Good News
- Live generously as a steward of all God has entrusted to me, being an ambassador of our generous Master
- Rely on the Holy Spirit and the Bible to lead, guide and empower me to live, love and serve for God’s glory
The global nature of our ministry is reflected in the 26 nationalities represented in our facilitators, trainers and support staff.Learn More
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