Global Disciples

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As Global Disciples we believe that every person should have an opportunity to choose and follow Jesus Christ. That is why we exist. The sobering reality is that more than 2 billion people in the world have never had this opportunity. Global Disciples equips disciples to plant churches among their unreached neighbors. We know the Gospel travels best through the local church, that is why we invest in discipleship, leadership, and small business development training. We desire to sustainably reach the least-reached through the local Church!

Contact information

Mailing address:
Global Disciples
315 West James Street
Suite 202
Lancaster , PA 176003


Phone: 717-290-7550


Organization details

EIN: 232854114

CEO/President: Galen Burkholder

Chairman: Marlin Thomas and Joseph Vijayam

Board size: 13


Year founded: 1997

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2006


Our vision is to see every person have an opportunity to choose and follow Jesus Christ.

Our prayer is that disciples of Jesus Christ, from many nations and vocations, will embrace this vision and do their part.

Our central focus is to equip leaders selected by their churches to multiply Christ-like disciples, who multiply churches among least-reached people.

Our philosophy is that local expressions of the Body of Christ in close proximity to least-reached people are best able to reach them-and we all can help.

Mission statement

Our mission is to make it possible for clusters of churches to multiply Christ-like disciples and locally-sustainable fellowships among least-reached people.

Statement of faith

Global Disciples serves to equip, connect and facilitate cooperation in the global Body of Christ among clusters of churches focused on reaching those least-reached with the Gospel. We assist in the development of locally-sustainable trainings in discipleship-mission, small business and leadership, which result in reproducing fellowships of believers. Together we hold these biblical commitments to:

Glorify God, the Creator and eternal Lord of the universe.

Exalt and proclaim the only Savior and risen Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son.

Rely on the Holy Spirit to teach, convict, comfort, and empower.

Accept the Bible as the divinely inspired, authoritative Word of God.

Demonstrate love in our relationships with those in the church, the Body of Christ.

Show love for those without Christ through lives of compassionate service, wholesome relationships, and a clear evangelistic witness.

Honor the sanctity of human life from conception to death, understanding we are created in the image of God, as male and female.

Live in sexual purity, whether single or in a marriage between a man and a woman.

Pray and work diligently to see the Gospel spread to all peoples in anticipation of the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As grateful recipients of God's grace, we always seek to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). In each area of responsibility, we want to seek first God's kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Our theological understandings are consistent with the Lausanne Covenant and the Manila Manifesto.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating441 of 81752 of 99
Fund acquisition rating645 of 81779 of 99
Resource allocation rating514 of 81758 of 99
Asset utilization rating123 of 81717 of 99

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$118,404$258,493$151,746$169,509$263,406
Short-term investments$631,250$566,734$157,433$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,397,657$1,593,578$918,215$754,533$542,146
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$29,553$31,288$43,450$66,436$51,137
Other long-term assets$28,359$21,792$74,190$73,348$148,490
Total long-term assets$57,912$53,080$117,640$139,784$199,627
Total assets$1,455,569$1,646,658$1,035,855$894,317$741,773
Payables and accrued expenses$236,216$213,190$220,727$134,982$119,741
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$236,216$213,190$220,727$134,982$119,741
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$236,216$213,190$220,727$134,982$119,741
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$417,016$392,485$189,280$83,464$176,446
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,219,353$1,433,468$815,128$759,335$622,032
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,116,400$5,635,327$4,305,461$3,842,518$3,695,652
Program service revenue$6,931$6,861$3,910$2,506$5,100
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$17,652$8,005$240$222$420
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$24,583$14,866$4,150$2,728$5,520
Total revenue$5,140,983$5,650,193$4,309,611$3,845,246$3,701,172
Program services$4,370,639$4,157,004$3,513,029$3,008,245$3,089,802
Management and general$489,518$373,242$409,861$327,517$293,761
Total expenses$5,371,465$5,029,083$4,255,315$3,707,943$3,638,257
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($230,482)$621,110$54,296$137,303$62,915
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($230,482)$621,110$54,296$137,303$62,915


Galen BurkholderExecutive Di$86,576
Howard RichCFO$31,095

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/8/2021. To update the information below, please email:


In November 1995, leaders from several discipleship and mission training programs met for a day of prayer and fasting. Drawn together by a common mission, each also shared a common desire: to respond to the need expressed by clusters of churches worldwide to provide discipleship-mission training for their own young people.

As the Holy Spirit moved, these leaders began to see that the barriers separating them and their ministries from each other had fostered competition and pride instead of collaboration. Through confession, brokenness and prayer, God birthed Global Disciples and the initial training model now known as Global Disciple Training (GDT). Since then, Global Disciples has added training for trainers in small business development (SBD) and leadership development (LEAD).

Today, Global Disciples has grown to serve in partnership with over 928 church organizations, fellowships, or denominations in 46 countries, providing training which enables them to equip and send out their own mission workers to multiply Christ-like believers and plant new, locally-sustainable fellowships and churches. The global nature of our ministry is also reflected in the 26 nationalities represented in our facilitators, trainers, and support staff.

Program accomplishments

Global Disciples By the Numbers: Impact in One Year

17,658 disciple-makers trained

83,515 new believers in fellowships

3,507 new churches planted

Now training in 62 countries