GDN seeks to mobilize followers of Jesus to fulfill God’s missional purposes among the people on the move. We operate under the Lausanne Movement and embrace its philosophy of ministry: “Together we seek to bear witness to Jesus Christ and all his teachings, in every part of the world—not only geographically, but in every sphere of society and in the realm of ideas”.
Our vision is to see the global Church empowered and responding effectively to the missional opportunities presented by global migration and diaspora communities. Further, we envision leading seminaries and learning institutions across the globe providing focused training in diaspora missiology that will produce leaders who are equipped for Spirit-filled engagement in mission to, through and beyond the people on the move.
The People On The Move have serious implications for world evangelization; therefore GDN focuses its mandate on the following:
1. Accelerate the development of diaspora missiology (i.e., a missiological framework for understanding and participating in God’s redemptive mission among people living outside their place of origin) in leading seminaries, universities, and learning institutions in order to produce scholars, organizational and government leaders and practitioners who are better equipped for mission in the 21st century.
2. Because “People On The Move” are not only subjects of evangelism and mission, but have also become powerful agents of gospel proclamation, GDN aims to catalyze the global Church to demonstrate and proclaim the whole gospel to, through and beyond diasporas scattered everywhere.
3. GDN fosters theological thinking in various dialogues and consultations with other reflective practitioners and scholars in diaspora in order to develop interdisciplinary curriculum, courses, programs, research projects and publications, resource books, and textbooks for mission and ministry education at all levels.
4. Network with fellow academics, mission agencies, NGOs, and local churches as much as possible and encourage the development of similar networks, think tanks, associations, organizations and movements.
International Board Of Reference
Michael Oh, Executive Chair/CEO, Lausanne Movement?
Daniel Bourdanne, General Secretary, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
Samuel Escobar, renowned Latin American theologian and missiologist
Patrick Fung, General Director, OMF International
Peter Kuzmic, Eva B. and Paul E. Toms distinguished professor of world missions and European studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary?
See-Young Lee, former Ambassador to the United Nations, Republic of Korea?
Bishop Efraim Tendero, CEO/Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance
International Advisory Board
Henri Aoun, President, Life Agape International?
Jack Klemke, Chair, The Klemke Foundation
Elias Medeiros, Professor of Missiology, Reformed Theological Seminary
Doug Nichols, Founder, Action International Ministries
Mike Adegbile, Executive Secretary, National Evangelical Missions Association
Lisa Espineli-Chinn, Ministry Coach/Mentor, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Barnabas Moon, Executive Director, Withee Mission International
Eldon Porter, Global Connections Consultant, Missio Nexus