I have had the privilege over the last couple of months to dialogue with Dave Guiles, Executive Director of Encompass World Partners about how I could help advance the cause of Christ in mobilizing disciples, leaders and churches toward more meaningful engagement with cross-cultural ministries. It has been inspiring for me to hear and see how God is working in this way already.
Just before Christmas, we solidified a plan to partner together for the mobilization of disciples, leaders and churches in our Grace Brethren family and beyond. This part-time role will be as the “Coordinator of Mobilization Initiatives” with Encompass World Partners.
The newly emerging architecture for this effort will be in two areas: 1) Coalitions and 2 ) Coaching/consulting.
1) The Coalitions will be groups of 5-6 churches, some from the USA and some from the foreign field, who will covenant together to have a laser-like focus on a mission opportunity or initiative. Encompass will serve these coalitions in coordination and in cross-cultural expertise.
For example, there is already a Coalition of Churches to the Philippines:
- “In cooperation with Encompass World Partners, a partnership of US churches with churches in the Philippines, to assist in leadership development, Micro-enterprise Development, encouragement, and in other ways to assist our Filipino brother and sister churches.” (via our Grace Brethren Church in Waterloo, Iowa)
2) The Coaching/Consulting piece will be to recruit, orient and market a team of gifted individuals whose skill sets add value to local churches in cross-cultural ministries.
I’m so excited to be joining the Encompass Team and to see God use this architecture to multiply the transformational impact of Jesus to the nations of our world. My role is 3 year assignment with much to accomplish! All the Encompass staff must raise prayer and financial support.
For my assignment, I need to raise $15,000 per year for my ministry budget and salary. Encompass is contributing above and beyond that to my ministry budget and salary.
The sooner I get fully supported, the sooner I can get to work serving churches! I need to get there in actual gifts or pledges for 2013. If you want to sneak in a gift before the end of 2012, that is welcome too!
You can give online with a credit card:
You can send a check:
Please make checks payable to “Encompass World Partners” with “Mike Jentes Support” on the memo line, and mail to the secure lockbox at
Encompass World Partners
City of Industry, CA 91716-8065
Or contact me directly with your pledge for the year to come!
I’ve already got $1500 in gifts and pledges before even publishing this post! So I’m 10% there!
UPDATE ON JANUARY 8: Thanks to a variety of folks responding, I’m at 49% with gifts and pledges at this point!