How GSI works with OM-ers and OM Fields
If you are a global south OM Field or a global south OM-er, and would like to work with GSI to accelerate global south mission sending, this page is for you.
GSI's current strategic foci are (1) Financial Sustainability, (2) Capability Building, and (3) Mobilisation - see below for what you can do with GSI in each area. At the same time, if you have any other ideas for accelerating global south mission sending, please get in touch with us (email@example.com).
(1) Financial Sustainability
If an OM Field wishes to have a business to (a) generate income which can support the field, missionaries, and mission endeavours; and (b) provide opportunities for evangelism and discipleship among the least reached, or wishes to explore potential ideas, GSI can:
- Provide business consultancy services to help you explore options
- Work with you on your business plan
- Train OM-ers on business skills
- Help fund the business (see "How GSI Funds" below)
- Arrange for business coaching
If global south OM-ers wish to run small business-as-discipleship projects to (a) support their families and contribute to mission; and (b) provide opportunities for evangelism and discipleship among the least reached, GSI can work with their fields to:
- Provide training on how to run small businesses-as-discipleship
- Help with funding
- Give advice and coaching
If an OM Field wishes to send global south missionaries with vocations to unreached places, GSI can:
- Sponsor training
- Help with networking and placement
GSI can help OM Fields with placing global south professionals who wish to go as missionaries-with-professions to unreached places.
(2) Capacity Building
If you wish to upgrade the skills, expertise and qualifications of your global south OM field and staff, GSI can work with you to:
- Sponsor skills training and accreditation of global south OM-ers working in field offices (e.g., in finance, admin, HR management).
- Connect you to resources and expertise.
If you wish to mobilise global south business people and professionals to pray, give and go, GSI can work in partnership with you to:
- Help you learn how to build relationships with global south business people and professionals.
- Train your staff how to communicate the role of business and the marketplace in world mission.
What are the deadlines?
Project proposals are to be submitted to the GSI Team by 31 March or 31 August (see "Step Two" below). If you need help with your project plan or proposal, you should contact the GSI Team a few weeks or even months before this deadline so that there is enough time for you to work on your proposal with the GSI Team's help.
Project proposals have to be finalised by 30 April or 30 September for the GSI Executive Committee's consideration.
If your idea doesn't require funding or requires only minimal funding (e.g., training, consultancy, small businesses or projects that need GSI funding of less than US$2,000), the GSI Team can work with you at any time and can release funding to you as appropriate. Contact us early to find out whether your proposal is subject to these deadlines!
The Project Proposal Process (where funding is involved)
GSI works closely with OM fields and area leadership. If you are an individual OM-er with a project proposal, please submit your proposal through your OM Field.
Step One: Contact the GSI Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let the GSI Team know:
- Your purpose or vision: What do you hope to see if the project is successful?
- How do you see GSI working with you?
- Describe what the project will look like, in one paragraph.
- What are a few financial numbers involved? I.e., the total project costs, what funding is being requested from GSI, and in the case of a business what the profitability is expected to be.
Step Two: Have a Project Plan (by 31 Mar or 31 Aug)
The GSI Team will work with you to have a Plan that includes:
- How your proposal will achieve your purpose or vision, e.g., how it will lead to financial sustainability and how it will lead to more vibrant communities of Jesus followers.
- How this fits in with the vision and mission of your Field (and Area, where relevant)
- More details of what the project will involve:
- A business plan in the case of a business proposal (e.g., ownership and registration, staffing, marketing plan)
- The learning objectives and curriculum outline in the case of training
- In terms of discipleship outcomes, to whom, how and how often will there be sharing of the Gospel and disciple-making.
- More details on the financial numbers, e.g., break-down of costs, and in the case of a business, expected revenue, cost of sales and operating expenses.
- What research you have already done, e.g., market research on a business idea, feedback from past participants in a training program, data on livelihood and employment prospects in the case of vocational training.
- Who on your team will be able taking this plan forward, and how is this person equipped to do so?
Step Three: Prepare your Project Proposal
The GSI Team will work with you to fine-tune and strengthen your proposal, so that it makes a good case. This process might include:
- More research
- Connecting with other resources or learning from others' experience
- Adjusting goals to ensure they get you to your vision and are at the same time realistic
Step Four: Written Project Proposal Finalised and Ready to be Submitted (by 30 Apr or 30 Sep)
The Executive Committee meets after 30 April and 30 September to make funding decisions.
How GSI Funds
- Starting Small -- Wherever possible, GSI will be looking to start projects on a small scale, e.g., for a retail business, start running it small-scale from your home before renting a shop, pilot one training session and evaluate the results before launching a full program, equip one person with a vocation and see how they do. This tests the idea, gives OM the opportunity to learn and gain experience before expanding or taking on bigger demands, and avoids big disappointments.
- Shared Contribution -- GSI does not fund projects 100%, except in exceptional cases. OM Fields and OM-ers are expected to contribute their own resources and fund-raising efforts to the project.
- Loans Preferred -- Part if not all of GSI's funding is likely to be by way of interest-free loan. Successful projects should give back so that other global south initiatives can benefit.
- Staging -- The funding may be released in stages over time, as the project progresses and as milestones are achieved.
- Last Funder for Capital -- Where funding is for large set-up capital costs, e.g., purchasing land or property, we are usually the last funder, i.e., we will release our funds only when all the rest of the funding has been raised.
- Return of un-used funds -- Where any GSI funding is not used for the project and for the stated purposes, it must be returned to GSI.
- GSI does not fund personal support costs.