The way to start a new GFM location would be to come through our missionary training school and missionary apprenticeship at an existing location in Atlanta, Richmond, or South Asia and “launch” from there. Spending a year at one of our existing bases is a great way for us to get to know you and your gifts and for you to get to know our staff, our values, our vision, and our ministry philosophy. Every GFM location wants to multiply, so we want to build teams in our existing locations and launch them out to start in bases in new cities.
Many things are “caught rather than taught”, so we want people that are planning to start a new GFM location to spend an extended amount of time at one of our existing locations to be discipled, mentored, and coached in leadership and organizational development. We will spend a year “onboarding” you thoroughly to run short-term missions, host summer interns, lead missionary training schools, and disciple making / church planting among internationals. Everything will be modeled for you as well as giving you the opportunity to lead these different programs before you launch out on your own.
The following requirements are necessary to start a new GFM location:
[+] Team Size – Because we value two by two ministry, a team sent out to launch a new location must contain at least two “units”. A unit is defined as a single person or a married couple or family. Every Global Frontier Missions base must be able to fulfill one or more parts of the three-fold strategy of “Mobilizing, Training and Multiplying“.
[+] Missionary Training School – We expect each team member of a base plant team to finish the missionary training school or online missionary training school before starting a new location. This is to ensure that all team members have had the same great training and are on the same page concerning the vision and practices of the organization.
[+] GFM Mentoring – Everyone starting a new location must have been mentored by someone in GFM leadership through a missionary apprenticeship in order to launch a new base.
[+] Vision and Strategy – The team will be required to work together to create a vision and strategy document letting us know how they plan to “mobilize, train, and multiply” in the new location. This must be submitted to be approved by the global leadership team.
[+] Leadership – Each fully formed and trained team must work together to determine who is the main point person / base director for that location and will be responsible for communication with the global leadership team and attend the bi-annual meeting.
[+] Financial Stability – Each member of the team will be required to have raised 100% of their monthly financial support or plan on being bi-vocational.
[+] Commitment – It takes time to see a new base planted, established, healthy and growing. We need people that would be willing to commit for at least three to five years to get the new GFM location off the ground.
Once all of these requirements have been fulfilled by your team, and with many long hours of prayer, we believe you will be ready to serve alongside GFM in the work God wants to do in that new city!