One Challenge’s International Ministry Team (IMT) has set a model for OC in how non-co-located teams can function effectively but also healthily. The IMT is a global ministry team made up of eight couples, all with decades of ministry experience. Although they work in a variety of different ministries, they are linked by a commitment to one another and a commitment to serve leaders around the world.
Whether it’s through Pastoring of Pastors, one-on-one coaching, training, marriage seminars, camping ministry, writing resources and books, training evangelists, or managing high-traffic resource websites, the IMT works to see longevity, health, and effective ministry from national leaders.
A Team of Teams
“When I think about the IMT, it very much is a team of teams,” says Dick, Vice President of Global Ministries at One Challenge. “Most of the team members have their own ministry teams that are made up of national leaders in various parts of the world with whom they work, very strategically, with phenomenal impact.”
The Lord’s impact through the IMT truly has been encouraging.
“Last year the IMT had ministries in 25 countries in the world, and directly trained and impacted over 6,000 national church leaders. Through 18 different websites, with which the members of the IMT are involved, something over 2 million national leaders were impacted,” says Greg, OC worker and IMT team leader.
It’s a global ministry, it’s a diverse ministry, and it’s a strategic and impactful ministry.
“I think a common ingredient is a focus on coming alongside national leaders, in a variety of ways, helping them in terms of personal health, marital heath, and ministry effectiveness,” Greg says.
Spanning the Distance
Although the IMT has set an amazing precedent for what a non-co-located team can look like, it does come with some challenges of distance.
“There’s no substitute for being able to sit down together and have a cup of coffee,” Greg says. “On the IMT, we miss one another when we’re not together.”
However, they make the team work through a deep commitment to one another.
“There’s ongoing communication through email and other means in terms of what’s going on in our lives and in our ministries. As ministries are initiated, they are being shared, they then are prayed for, and reports are given. There are personal updates on family, children, and grandchildren, and then those are prayed for,” Greg says.
“When we come together, it is literally like members of a family coming back together … a family reunion. That’s what it’s like twice a year for the IMT, being back together with brothers and sisters, and colleagues who we are one with and deeply committed to – sharing, encouraging, stimulating, and supporting in whatever way we can.”
Healthy teams are an important commitment One Challenge makes. It’s a core value. The way that team looks, however, is dictated by need, experience, and context. The IMT has been paving the way, and as OC increases its non-co-located teams, this team serves as a beacon of the Lord’s faithfulness despite distance.
Read more about the International Ministry Team.
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We are committed to the equipping of leaders, inside and outside the church, with kingdom principles allowing them to move entire people groups toward transformation, hope and justice. Those leaders in turn can mentor others, and together we all bring God’s transformation to lives, communities, and nations.
One Challenge wants to encourage a high level of care for global workers, providing the opportunity for them to thrive in their countries of service, bringing the best of who they are to the kingdom growth effort. We pursue genuine relationships and accountability in family, friendship, team, ministry, and local communities of faith.