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GraceWorks/ Global Partnership Ministries
Global Partnership Ministries started 24 years ago to help respond to the newly opening doors in Eastern Europe. Over that time, we have taken almost 3,000 people overseas on mission for Christ. Nine years ago we moved to Alaska. Since then, we have hosted several thousand volunteer missionaries here in Alaska. In Alaska, we are known as "GRACEWORKS" We believe that the Bible is God's Word; that people are lost without Christ; and that it is our responsibility to get the Message to people. The Great Commission is not just that people ought to go to church. It is for the Church to go to people! We have also found that we usually have to serve people and demonstrate love before they are ready to listen to what we have to say. They don't care what we know until they know that we care. Our primary fields of focus are Alaska and Romania. Each year we help facilitate hundreds of volunteers serving all over Alaska — which is almost three times the size of Texas! Our strategy is to use volunteer teams to help reach people and start small groups to disciple those we reach. We are especially pleased that 16 small groups involving 60 people started as a result of our "GraceWorks" ministry volunteers this past summer. Most of these groups are continuing — led by local church leaders, our staff and local missionaries! Why Alaska? Most people think of Alaska only as a tourist destination. God certainly worked overtime making it one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on the earth. However, it is also spiritually dark. The Pew Research Center recently released a study that found Alaska to have the lowest church attendance in the United States. WE NEED HELP!
Hi, I'm Scott Kirby. Welcome to our web site where you can find out more about short-term mission opportunities, our ministry and helpful mission trip resources. Our purpose is to help establish strategic mission partnerships and to help individuals and churches to become more personally involved in missions through short-term volunteering. Change your world. Volunteer and Go!
Global Partnership Ministries was founded in 1991 to help respond to the newly opened doors in Eastern Europe. Over the past years we have taken almost 2,000 people overseas on mission for Christ. In the past six years here in Alaska we have hosted almost 3,000 visiting volunteer missionaries. I am especially proud of the fact that we facilitated mission teams in over 40 Alaska Native American villages — all but four of these only reachable by airplane (or dogsled!).
I hold a degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctorate in missions from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I pastored for 14 years before I started this work. I believe that the Bible is God's Word, that people are lost without Christ, and that it is our responsiblity to get the Message to people. The Great Commission is not for the World to go to church. It is for the Church to go to the World. I have also found that we usually have to serve people and demonstrate love before they are ready to listen to what we have to say.
Our primary fields of focus are Alaska, Romania and Kenya. I would love to help you or your church to get involved in a volunteer mission project. Email me at [email protected] or give me a call (907-440-4974).
Oh yes, check out my book, Equipped for Adventure: A Practical Guide to Short-Term Mission Trips. You can find it at www.wmustore.com or www.amazon.com The chaper on "Funding Your Trip" is worth the price of the book!
Each year we help facilitate hundreds volunteers serving all over Alaska — which is almost three times the size of Texas! We'd love to have your help next year here.
We believe in the Trinity,
the full deity and full humanity of Christ
the spiritual lostness of the human race
the substitutionary atonement
the bodily resurrection of Christ
salvation by faith in Christ alone
the physical return of Christ
the authority and inerrancy of Scripture.
Our president and founder, Dr. Scott Kirby, is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is author of 3 books: Equipped for Adventure, World of Opportunity, and Dating: Guidelines from the Bible. He married and a member of a Baptist church in Anchorage, Alaska.