At the February 2013 board meeting, Grace Ministries International adopted its 10-year ministry plan.
It is the blueprint to realize our vision of what GMI will look like by 2023. We are not content with preserving what we have, but we want to grow and extend our reach so the gospel is preached, churches are planted, leaders are raised, and communities are changed in even more areas around the world. The following are three of the main goals for Vision 2023.
Definitions of GMI Partners and Associate Missionaries:
Candidates accepted as GMI Partners would come to the U.S. to raise funds so they can minister with the GMI missionary team on a full-time basis around the world. Among the requirements to become a GMI Partner is the candidate has received theological education, agrees with and can teach our doctrinal positions, and is able to effectively communicate with churches here in the U.S. in English.
The Associate Missionary will also serve with the GMI missionary team on a full-time basis. However, the Associate Missionary designation also functions differently than that of the GMI Partner. The Associate Missionary is sent by an affiliated national grace organization, raises funds from his sending country, and does not come to the States to raise funds, though GMI may seek to raise supplemental funds on his behalf. In order to serve in this capacity, the Associate Missionary must also be approved by the GMI Board.
Eight New Fields
Vision 2023: How are we doing? Accomplishing this goal will nearly double the number of GMI fields by 2023. Many of our missionaries and national churches in our existing fields already have contacts in neighboring countries. We want to be intentional about pursuing these contacts while at the same time surveying potential new fields where the gospel needs to be preached and where healthy churches could be planted. The ultimate goal–and an important measure of success–is our intentional effort to partner with national believers in these new fields, to plan and dream about ministries in their countries resulting in the release of these ministries to self-sufficient and self-propagating national churches.