Our vision and passion: Global Frontier Missions (GFM) aims to see God’s name glorified among the 2.9 billion people in the world who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ…in our generation! Our burning passion is to see the fulfillment of the Revelation 7:9,10 vision where the apostle John sees people from “every nation, tribe, people and language” together worshiping the Lamb.
Our mission statement:
Global Frontier Missions (GFM) is a movement of Christ-centered communities dedicated to mobilizing, training, and multiplying disciples and churches to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the unreached people groups of the earth.
Describing ourselves as a “movement” shows that we want to be more than just a missions organization. We like to consider ourselves a spontaneously multiplying movement much like the kingdom of heaven that Jesus came to establish which was compared to yeast and mustard seeds that were meant to grow. Everyone in the GFM family is part of this movement: prayer warriors, financial partners, past/current program participants, Facebook fans, like-minded organizational partners, etc. Join the movement!
Being “Christ-centered” is at the core of our mission. Our commitment is to knowing Him and making His Glory known. Christ said that apart from Him, we can do nothing. So, our priority is pursuing and following Christ and out of that relationship and commitment, all of our mission to the nations flows!
“Communities” are what we call our different locations, rather than bases. Community implies people…the body of Christ on mission…rather than a building or a physical location where we have offices. In each location, our team members pray, study the Word, fellowship with one another, and go out in teams to make disciples and disciple-makers…of all nations. We like to have FUN as well! It’s our desire to BE a truly healthy church before going out and planting new churches. As disciples of Jesus, we do life together and “one another” in community.
[+] Mobilizing: We host short-term mission trips, speak at missions seminars, organize conferences, teach Perspectives courses, and get involved in local churches to cast vision for reaching the unreached. We want to empower people and churches to strategically fulfill their role in the Great Commission.
[+] Training: Going overseas is a major life change for many people in the Western world. There is a significant need for long-term workers to reach the unreached. Through our Missionary Training School, people get a taste of missions work firsthand by learning new languages, breaking cross-cultural barriers, and building relationships with internationals…all on American (or Australian!) soil.
[+] Multiplying: We want to reach out and engage in disciple making and church planting among the internationals living close to us with the hope of seeing them evangelized and discipled to the point that they can go back and reach their own people. We do this by focusing on immigrants, refugees, and international students living in close proximity to us. Our desire is to plant simple, reproducible churches in apartment complexes, homes, and on college campuses. We also want to send out long-term church planting teams to serve among the unreached people groups of the earth.
“Physical and spiritual needs” are mentioned all throughout Scripture as something that God commands His people to be involved with. To focus exclusively on the physical or exclusively on the spiritual would be to have an incomplete ministry. We focus on spiritual needs by building relationships with people, sharing the Gospel, baptizing and discipling new converts, and helping plant churches. We focus on physical needs by providing services that are useful to internationals such as shuttling them from the airport, helping them get settled, teaching them English, job placement, providing low-cost meals, medical missions, etc. We are dedicated to holistic ministry among the nations.
In the year 2000, Global Frontier Missions was founded with the purpose of seeing disciples made and churches planted among the remaining unreached people groups of the world. GFM’s humble beginnings involved one missionary couple making disciples and planting churches in a few of the least reached villages in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hosting short-term mission trips and summer internships led more people to join God’s vision and heart for all nations. This young couple started an indigenous Bible school to equip local leaders in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting among their own peoples. They then felt led to start a missionary training school to equip even more people to go and serve among the 2.9 billion people that have never heard the gospel. GFM’s staff and vision began to steadily grow….
Today, we currently have “home hub” locations in Atlanta, Houston, Richmond, and Sydney, Australia with over 50 full-time laborers. We hope to continue expanding into several new multi-ethnic cities in the United States and Western world. The focus of a “home hub” is mobilization and pre-field training for missionaries before they launch out to the mission field. We purposely choose locations with people from many different countries and people groups as a great place to get cross-cultural experience before missionaries head out to the nations. We feel like the best way to train missionaries is on-the-job training actually do the work of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. So we are actively engaging Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists in these “home hubs” making disciples that will make disciples. The goal is to raise up as many people as possible in these home hubs to pray, give, go, welcome, and mobilize others strategically to see the remaining 6900 unreached people groups have access to the Good News of Jesus.
We also have our first “field hub” in South Asia as a part of our THUMB people (Tribal, Hindu, Unreligious, Muslim, Buddhist) strategy. Most missionaries these days are not even lasting past their first two year term. Research suggests that good pre-field training and ministry experience in a “home hub” can help with those attrition rates. In addition to people getting the knowledge, character, and skills necessary before they launch out, many missions agencies are seeing the need for laborers to really be cared for during the first year with just in time training. The focus of a “field hub” is to come alongside missionaries during the first year to help with language learning and acculturation, to navigate visa and government issues, to figure out identity and valid platforms to serve in the country, and to get basic life skills to help people thrive in country. We hope to add more of these in the future in major gateway cities (i.e. Istanbul, Dubai).
Global Frontier Missions (GFM) is an international, non-denominational Christian missionary mobilization and training agency. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was incorporated in the state of Virginia in the year 2000 and later in the state of Georgia in 2009. We have a board of directors and a global leadership team made of representatives from all of our locations that provide most of the strategic direction for the organization. We also have leadership teams at the local level that oversee each location. Check out the entire history of GFM and our future vision as well as our statement of faith and core values. Many of GFM’s full-time staff members receive additional covering from Commission To Every Nation (CTEN) for administrative and logistical help as well as further pastoral oversight. For more information about Global Frontier Missions, check out our other ministry partnerships and organization financials.