Sylheti Ministry Leader in Metro New York

Mission Description Summary

New York City is home to the largest concentration of Bangladeshi people in North America. The Sylheti Ministry Leader will ensure focused evangelism and disciple-making takes place among Bangladeshis from the region of Sylhet. While much evangelistic activity among Bangladeshis has occurred in NYC in recent years, the Sylheti Ministry Leader will create innovative approaches among Bengalis from Sylhet as part of a larger team and strategy focused on all the 150,000 Bangladeshis in NYC.

Major Responsibilities and Function

  • The Sylheti Ministry Leader would either know or learn the Sylheti dialect of the Bengali language.
  • Become an expert on the Sylheti people, especially in NYC.
  • Raise up prayer partners for the Sylhetis of NYC.
  • Create and implement a comprehensive prayer strategy to stimulate learning about the people group and asking the Holy Spirit to move upon them in specific ways.
  • Work with the existing Global Gates Bengali team to coordinate evangelism, prayer, and mobilization efforts in areas where Sylhetis live among other Bangladeshis.
  • Engage in evangelism and discipling of seekers and new believers with a view towards church planting movements.
  • Mobilize local believers and churches to engage Sylhetis; connect churches with gospel resources in the Sylheti language and assist them in addressing the needs of Sylhetis.
  • Coordinate prayer for recipients of mailers.
  • Continually learn and implement best practices for engaging Sylhetis.
  • Evaluate and adapt church planting practices for Sylhetis.
  • Network the Gospel into the Sylheti region through relationships and mobilization in NYC.

Unreached People Group Information

Concentrated Area:  Parkchester (Bronx), Astoria & Ozone Park (Queens)

People Groups: Sylheti Speakers from Bangladesh

Population Estimate: A portion of Metro New York’s 150,000 Bangladeshis

Primary Religion: Islam (Sunni)

Primary Language: Sylheti dialect of Bangla

Why is This Position Needed?

Estimates place the number of Bengalis in NYC at over 150,000. They are predominantly Muslim with a small Hindu minority (8%). In their native land, leaving Islam results in isolation, persecution, and/or physical harm, and yet some significant church planting movements have taken place there in the last 25 years! However, very few of those who make it to NYC are believers in Jesus, possibly 1.5 out of every 1,000.


Bangladeshis have secured a foothold in at least six major neighborhoods of NYC. For Sylhetis, Astoria and Ozone Park (Queens) and Parkchester (Bronx) have become their major enclaves. While Sylhetis interact with other Bengalis in the primary Bangla dialect or English, their religious and personal life is often only discussed with family or friends in their Sylheti dialect.


  • Submit short monthly reports to the Bengali Team Leader.
  • Meet or video conference with the assigned Global Gates Strategy Coordinator once a month to evaluate and strengthen the work.
  • Meet with the wider Global Gates South Asian hub for encouragement, prayer and planning.


Provided by Global Gates.

Team Member Characteristics

  • Demonstrates a mature walk with God as verified by lifestyle and references.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the Bible with its overarching narrative and can articulate the major tenets of the Christian faith to others.
  • Evidences God’s calling, gifting and leading to reach unreached people groups with the gospel.
  • Is age twenty-one or older (no maximum age)
  • Has a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Has the experience to fulfill the job assignment
  • Is legally able to work in the USA or country of operation
  • Models healthy family relationships
  • Has no credit card debt and all other loans (student, mortgage, etc.) are manageable
  • Shows evidence of good emotional, physical, financial and mental health
  • Demonstrates a healthy relationship with a local evangelical church
  • Agrees with the Lausanne Covenant and Global Gates’ Core Values
  • Demonstrates relational skills to network with partners for raising salary and ministry support