What is a Global Impact Team (GIT)?
Global Impact Teams are a tangible expression of Mosaic Church’s commitment to support our Global Partners who are serving around the world. The team is centered around one team leader and ideally is made up of 4 or more individuals who provide on-going care and support. They serve as a primary link between the church and the Global Partner. Simply put, a Global Impact Team is a group of people who deeply love and care for one of our Global Partners. They communicate, pray for, stay connected to, and advocate for the Global Partner on a regular basis.
What is the vision for a Global Impact Team?
There are two major roles of a GIT: care and advocacy. The success of a GIT depends on its ability to accomplish these two goals.
- Care – Many of our Global Partners live in challenging environments. Some Global Partners serve in “closed” countries. Most serve in cross-cultural contexts. Global Partners in all contexts may struggle with cultural adjustments, language barriers, or raising children far from extended family. Most significantly, all serve on the front lines of spiritual warfare. For their spiritual health, they need the assurance that they are not alone, that there are others in the body of Christ who love them and are committed to their welfare and to the success of their work. They need empathetic listeners— compassionate, caring friends who are not in a supervisory role. The GIT can consistently provide that kind of spiritual and emotional care. Caring also involves identifying specific needs which the team can meet or organizing others in our church to meet.
- Advocacy – The GIT champions the Global Partner and his or her work to our church body and advocates for ongoing participation in that Global Partner’s ministry. Through the efforts of the GIT, we hope our church will enjoy an ongoing sense of connection to our Global Partners.
What does a Global Impact Team look like?
We want to keep the structure of our Global Impact Teams simple. The foundation of each GIT is the team leader. He/she is the one who has the main connection with the Global Partner and leads the team in all aspects. The team leader either already knows the Global Partner or commits to building a relationship. The rest of the team is built under the leadership of this committed person.
Each GIT will look different. Some will have a team leader with six to eight additional people on the team while others will have a leader with just one or two additional people on the team. Some will be a new creation while others may be an existing missional community. All of these types of teams can serve as great care networks for our Global Partners.
Depending on the team members’ season of life, at some point people may need to step out of their GIT. We ask, however, that team leaders commit to their Global Partner long term (at least 2 years) and be willing to replace themselves in this role if it becomes necessary.
What does a Global Impact Team do?
- Pray – The main role of an GIT is to pray monthly as a team and more regularly on an individual basis. We also ask that you hold your Global Partner accountable to update their prayer requests monthly. This can be done remotely through video or audio conference call.
- Stay Connected – Part of providing care to our Global Partners is the commitment to stay connected. Your Global Partner should hear from you at least once a month. This can happen through emails, Skype, handwritten letters, or any number of creative ways. Please ensure this is part of your team meeting. Encourage your Global Partner to provide stories from their ministry that may encourage our church.
- Meet Monthly – Teams can meet at anytime and anywhere. We ask that each team meet at least once a month to fulfill their role as a GIT.
- Send Care Packages – Nothing says we care more to a Global Partner quite like a box full of goodies, an encouraging card or letter, and a few good books! GITs will send at least one care packages a year to their Global Partner. The GIT may choose to incur the cost of these packages or partner with a missional community to raise the needed funds. The Mosaic Mission Department will reimburse each GIT team leader up to $100 per year to also help cover these costs.
- Visit – A visit from one or more GIT members, a pastor, or a church staff member can be a great encouragement to our Global Partners as well as helping to deepen our relationships. Whether it is as part of a short term mission trip, or just a visit by a GIT team member or someone from Mosaic who happens to be traveling nearby, a visit can be uplifting and fruitful and mutually encouraging. We want every Global Partner to get a visit from someone from Mosaic each year.
- Help with Departure and Arrival – Some of the hardest times for our Global Partners will be preparing to leave and returning home for a visit. There are a thousand things that need to be done and we ask that your team jump in and help as much as possible whenever your Global Partner is preparing to depart or arriving for a visit.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
If you feel called to serve on a Global Impact Team, please contact Gabe Forsyth to get connected with a Global Partner whom you can support.