Chicago Hub Leader

Mission Description Summary

Gateway Hub Leaders are highly empowered Strategy Coordinators whose responsibilities extend beyond any specific UPG assignments of their own, to other UPGs and Global Gates missionaries within their designated hub. They serve in a one-year renewable role with their fellow Strategy Coordinators in their hub to strengthen and expand the work of Global Gates. The hub leader’s primary goal is to see the major unreached people groups in Chicagoland reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They pursue this task by mobilizing and leading new workers and teams to engage unreached people groups with the gospel, creating a climate in the Christian community that contributes to prayer, ministry, evangelism, church multiplication, training, and leadership development to bring these least reached peoples to faith and growth in Jesus Christ. Gateway Hub Leaders will typically be working with their own unreached people group while enlisting, leading, equipping and coaching team members and other Kingdom partners to pursue church planting movements among each priority UPG in their designated gateway hub region.

Major Responsibilities and Function

  • Attend a monthly online meeting with Global Gates hub leaders.
  • Nurture a vision for the spread of the gospel, multiplication of disciples, and planting of churches among the priority unreached people groups in the Chicago gateway hub and through them to their other communities around the world.
  • Develop prayer strategy for the diaspora UPGs in the Chicago gateway hub.
  • Facilitate strategic research on Chicago gateway hub diaspora UPGs.
  • Ensure comprehensive strategies exist to stimulate church-multiplication movements among each major Chicago gateway hub diaspora UPG.
  • Mobilize, build, and lead teams to pursue evangelism, disciple-making, and church-planting work among Chicago gateway hub diaspora UPGs.
  • Facilitate training events and equipping opportunities for Kingdom Partners.
  • Continually learn and share best practices in disciple-making and church multiplication to intentionally work with God in aiming toward a movement mentality and reality.
  • Model and train others in evangelism, disciple making, church planting, and leadership development, always looking for high-yield trainers to emerge for intentionally investing in and nurturing.
  • Network with partners for raising salary and ministry support.

Unreached People Group Information

Major Unreached people groups in the Chicagoland area.

Why is This Position Needed?

The Chicagoland area has strategic locations for many priority unreached people groups in North America.

Location

Chicago

With close to ten million residents, Chicagoland is the third most populous metropolitan area in North America. Chicagoland comprises only 19% of the land area of the state of Illinois, but contains 75% of the state’s residents. As one of the continent’s premier cities, Chicago attracts worldwide scholars to schools like the University of Chicago, immigrant professionals, and accommodates the United States’ third-largest refugee population.  Chicagoland is home to large numbers of Bosniaks, South Asians, Arabs, and Jewish people.

 

Quick facts about the Chicago gateway hub

  • 91.4% of immigrants in Illinois live in the seven-county metropolitan area.
  • Chicago’s Bosniak population has grown larger than the Bosniak population of St. Louis. It is the largest population of Bosniaks outside of Bosnia.
  • Home to one of the largest Assyrian Chaldean populations in the United States. This is a largely Christian ethnic group (Eastern Orthodox and Catholic mainly) from Iraq and other countries within the Middle East.
  • Home to the second largest South Asian population in the US.
  • Chicagoland has the fourth largest immigrant population in the United States.

Accountability

  • Submit short monthly reports to the Global Gates Associate Director.
  • Provide mid-year and annual reports for Global Gates Board meetings.
  • Meet with your own Chicago UPG team members at least once a month for vision-casting, strategic planning, cross-fertilization, encouragement, and prayer.
  • Meet with leaders of the Chicago hub diaspora UPG teams in your area once a month.
  • Meet or video conference with your Global Gates coach once a month to discuss your work.
  • Meet with your Midwest hub Strategy Coordinators once a month for vision-casting, strategic planning, cross-fertilization, encouragement, and prayer.
  • Meet with other leaders of UPG teams in your Midwest hub once a month.
  • Meet or video conference with your Global Gates coach once a month to discuss your work.

Training

Global Gates offers customized training for our missionaries called Gateways. Depending on the Chicago Gateway Hub Leader’s prior cross-cultural diaspora experience, Gateways could involve building skills in language learning, ethnographic research, mobilizing and training partners, spiritual formation, evangelism and discipleship, church-planting methodology, and leadership. To become an effective Gateway Hub Leader (GHL), the missionary candidate may need to develop particular prerequisite skills first. Global Gates offers a one-week Strategy Coordinator training and ongoing coaching to assist missionaries in their task.

Team Member Characteristics

  • Missionary Qualifications – Must meet the general missionary qualifications required for Global Gates missionaries. Must also agree to support Global Gates’ distinctives & core values.
  • Visionary – The Chicago Hub Leader needs to envision what God desires for diaspora UPGs in their hub and through them to their communities around the world.
  • Spiritually Mature – The Chicago Hub Leader needs to be spiritually mature and committed to sound evangelical beliefs and practices.
  • Strategic – The Chicago Hub Leader needs to align tools, time, relationships and resources, to accomplish God’s vision for the UPGs in his/her Regional Gateway area. 
  • Intentional, focused, and disciplined – The Chicago Hub Leader needs to be a self-starter who is able to avoid distractions to maximize evangelism, discipleship and church multiplication among the least reached prioritized diaspora people groups in their hub.
  • A Learner – The Chicago Hub Leader must be a life-long learner committed to learning and sharing best practices for kingdom advance among their respective diaspora UPGs.
  • Passionate – The Chicago Hub Leader must have a sense of urgency, because members of the diaspora UPGs in their hub are lost and dying every day without Jesus Christ.
  • Faith-Filled Perseverance- The Chicago Hub Leader has faith that God will reach the diaspora UPGS in their hub.  When obstacles arise, the Chicago Hub Leader tenaciously perseveres, clinging to the vision the Lord birthed for a disciple-making & church planting movement among the diaspora UPGs in, and through, their hub.