GlobalCAST Resources is focused on connecting, equipping, and encouraging missions advocates, leaders, trainers, and mobilizers who are working to see the whole Church bring the whole Gospel to the whole world.
GlobalCAST Resources was birthed in our hearts as we embraced a foundational conviction that every single follower of Jesus has a part to play in fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission. Although every believer is not called to become a cross-cultural missionary, every believer does have a role. At least 6 ways of reaching God’s world are available to every follower of Christ: Learn, Pray, Send, Go, Welcome, and Mobilize. Check out the great videos from OMF on each of these roles.
We at GlobalCAST are focused on those called to mobilize. We believe this key leadership function connects and enables all the other Great Commission roles. The mobilizer has many other names–missions leader, missions trainer, missions advocate, and disciple maker. Regardless of what title these individuals are given, their goal is to help others grow spiritually and become effective partners with God in reaching the unreached.
We established GlobalCAST Resources to connect, equip, and encourage these vital missions leaders/advocates who, with the heart of Barnabas, help others find their roles in the Great Commission in both local church and mission agency contexts.
During the last decade, we have also been partnering with God as He raises up new workers from new sending nations. The world has shifted under our feet. It is no longer “the West trying to reach the rest.” It is, instead, the Global Body of Christ working together to plant the Body of Christ globally. Almost every country is both a missionary-sending and a missionary- receiving country. Often, however, new missionaries who have a clear call to reach the most unreached are not able to go due to lack of support. From our perspective, this is a mobilization challenge. We need to focus not only on training those who will go but also on identifying and equipping those who will serve as senders.
“And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ ” Romans 10:15 (NIV)
We are convinced that when we see more inspired and intentional senders, we will also see a huge release of go-ers, especially from the new sending nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Many of these new sending nations have strong, capable leadership and mature believers who are called to go. They don’t need us to tell them what to do, but they often value fellow-servants with the heart of Barnabas, who will serve as mentors, coaches, and encouragers.
Of course, each new sending context is culturally different, so we cannot (and must not) try to “copy and paste” missions mobilization methods from the West. We have worked hard to identify principles and best practices that–with guidance from the Holy Spirit–can be adapted and applied in these new sending nations. The missions mobilization workshops and webinars we have offered have been well received, in part because of a teaching style based on coaching and a focus on principles.
We are convinced that every believer has a role to play in completing the Great Commission, or as we like to say, “everybody plays”! But without the role of the missions advocate/leader/mobilizer, many followers of Jesus may never find and function in their Great Commission roles. We believe that if we find, equip, and mentor more missions advocates, we will, in the long run, have more of the Body of Christ stepping into their roles in the Great Commission.
In His Grace,
Bevin and Judy Ginder