Missions Catalyst among Bangladeshi Muslims In Greater Detroit

Job Description Summary

A Global Gates Missions Catalyst's primary task is to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to reach a particular unreached people group, or affinity of unreached people groups, with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Missions Catalyst builds an ecosystem of prayer, ministry, evangelism, discipleship, church multiplication, and leadership development that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, births a multiplication of disciples and churches throughout the prioritized people group and beyond.

Major Responsibilities and Function

  • Abide in Christ.
  • Become an expert on the assigned people group’s worldview.
  • Develop and/or obtain gospel resources (Bibles, audio Scripture, chronological Bible stories, testimonies, videos, etc.) in the people group’s language(s).
  • Raise up laborers within the people group, and recruit laborers from outside of the people group, to saturate the people group with the gospel.
  • Nurture a vision for the spread of the gospel, multiplication of disciples, and planting of churches among the unreached people group in a gateway city and through them to other communities of that people group around the world.
  • Create and implement a comprehensive prayer, ministry, evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and leadership development strategy to stimulate church multiplication movements among the people group.
  • Continually learn and implement best practices in church multiplication.
  • Collaborate with other evangelicals to model and train in evangelism, disciple making, church planting, and leadership development.
  • As new believers emerge, give primary attention to them to nurture their role in leading multiplying movements of disciples and churches.
  • Evaluate and adapt methods based on what God has done and is doing.
  • Start multiple streams of disciple making and church planting to reach all population segments and networks of the people group within the gateway city and their communities worldwide.
  • Network with partners for raising salary and ministry support.

Unreached People Group Information

Concentrated Area: Hamtramck, Warren

Population Estimate in Greater Detroit: 19,000 people

Primary Religion: Islam (Sunni)

Primary Language: Sylheti Bangla Dialect

Why is This Position Needed?

Bangladeshis are 97.00% unreached. No Muslim-background church from the Bangladeshi Muslim community exists even though abundant Gospel seed sowing has occurred in Greater Detroit.  (Watch our Global Gates Detroit video.) 

Location

Bangladeshis have a large presence in Hamtramck and Warren where they occupy restaurants, businesses, mosques, and entire neighborhoods. The majority of Bangladeshi Muslims are immigrants or the children of immigrants (not refugees).  Many have been born and raised in the Detroit metro and are fluent in English. Others speak only Bangla or the Sylheti dialect. They are a hard-working, hospitable, close-knit people, proud of their Islamic heritage. In Detroit’s Banglatown, Bangladeshis shop at their own halal grocery stores, hear the call to prayer from multiple mosques, read Bangla script on signs, and hear Bangla spoken in the streets.  Even though there are many evangelical churches in the Detroit metro, Bangladeshis have very limited exposure to evangelical Christians and very little opportunity to hear the gospel message.

Accountability

  • Submit short monthly reports to a coach or supervisor.
  • Submit an annual report to Global Gates leadership.
  • Meet or video conference with the assigned Global Gates coach once a month to evaluate and strengthen the work.

Training

Global Gates offers one-week intensive training for Mission Catalysts to formulate catalytic plans to reach their people. We also offer ongoing coaching, seminars, and peer learning groups to assist Missions Catalysts in their role.

Missions Catalyst Specific Characteristics

Missionary Qualifications - Must meet the general missionary qualifications required for Global Gates missionaries.

Visionary - The Missions Catalyst needs to envision what God desires for the people group in a particular gateway city and through the people group’s communities around the world.

Spiritually Mature - The Missions Catalyst needs to be spiritually mature and committed to sound evangelical beliefs and practices. He or she must know and obey God’s Word and point others to the authority of God’s Word. The Missions Catalyst must be a person of integrity. He or she is a person of prayer who expects God to demonstrate power in bringing the prioritized people group to Christ.

Strategic - The Missions Catalyst needs to align tools, time, relationships and resources to accomplish God's vision for the people group. He or she is strategic in partnering with the larger Body of Christ to accomplish more than one can do alone or on a small team.

Intentional, focused, and disciplined - The Missions Catalyst needs to be a self-starter who is able to avoid distractions to maximize evangelism, discipleship and church multiplication among the prioritized people group. The Missions Catalyst must discern what is most fruitful to do with his or her time, and with whom that time should be spent.

A Learner - The Missions Catalyst must be a lifelong learner committed to learning and sharing best practices for Kingdom advance among his or her people group.

Passionate - The Missions Catalyst must have a sense of urgency. Members of the unreached people group are lost and dying every day without Jesus Christ.

Faith-Filled Perseverance – The Missions Catalyst has faith that God will reach the prioritized people group. When obstacles arise, the Missions Catalyst tenaciously perseveres, clinging to the vision of the Lord birthing a church planting movement among the people group.