The Global 20/20 Vision is a four-year growth initiative that expands our scope and increases our impact. Global Scholars will have 250 Christian professors serving worldwide by June 30, 2020 — being used by God to have a redemptive influence among their students, colleagues, universities, and academic disciplines.
Our impact goals by June 30, 2020 are to…
- Help 50,000 students live and lead as Christ followers in their nations
- Reach 500 non-Christian professors by being salt and light to colleagues
- Serve 150 universities by having a Global Scholars professor in leadership, promoting human flourishing, the common good, and gospel receptivity
- Influence all 23 academic disciplines through the integration of faith and scholarship
The Global 20/20 Vision requires $5.5 million in funding. During the first year of the campaign $1.3 million has been
committed. $4.2 million is still needed to fully fund the Vision.
Why is Global Scholars a wise Investment of God’s Resources?
Deciding how to invest the resources God has entrusted to our care is a challenge for all believers. We want to be wise and faithful with what God gave us to use for his purposes, like the faithful stewards Jesus spoke of in the “Parable of the Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30).
As believers we have been entrusted with the Lord’s resources. He calls us to be strategic in how we invest these resources, choosing wisely in order to produce a significant “return on investment.” We believe joining in the work of Global Scholars produces a very great return on investment for the Kingdom.
Yet wise and faithful stewards often ask us various questions to discern whether Global Scholars is a wise place to invest the resources the Lord has entrusted to their care. We think these are important questions. Below are the questions we are asked most often. Click on the question to read the response.
Questions Most Often Asked of Global Scholars by Wise Stewards of God’s Resources:
Q: Does Global Scholars have a clear sense of what God is calling it to do in order to stay focused?
A: Yes, Global Scholars is called to equip missional Christian professors to have a redemptive influence among their students, colleagues, universities, and academic disciplines. This directs our prayers, strategies, and resource allocation to ensure we are fulfilling this Calling.
Q: If you are faithful to this calling, what is your ultimate vision?
A: Our vision is that one day every student will have a missional Christian professor who can help them learn to live and lead as Christ’s followers in their nations. That every professor worldwide has a missional Christian colleague who shares the light and truth of Christ. That every university has a missional Christian academic in leadership, promoting human flourishing, the common good, and gospel receptivity. That every academic discipline has a missional Christian scholar having a redemptive influence on the ideas of the discipline. Imagine how our world will be different when this vision becomes a reality!
Beyond the tangible impact on our world this side of heaven, we look forward to the day when we finally meet the tens of thousands and even millions of men and women “from every nation and tribe and people and language” (Revelation 7:9) who have come into the Kingdom through the influence of Christian professors.
Q: It is often said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” What are your specific goals to take the next step toward fulfilling your Mission and Vision?
A: On July 1, 2016, we launched a four-year strategic plan to equip 250 Christian professors to reach 50,000 students a year, 500 non-Christian professors, 150 universities, and all 23 academic disciplines by June 30, 2020. We are calling this our “Global 20/20 Vision.” Our Global 20/20 Vision comes from many months of prayer, consultation and planning. It is built on all we have learned over almost three decades of ministry, including the past four years in which we grew from 44 to 124 Christian professors worldwide.
Q: There are so many giving opportunities and I have limited resources. Why is equipping Christian professors so strategic?
A: Christian professors influence students in profound ways, who in turn influence so many more. In most nations only a very small percentage of the population are able to obtain a university degree. Therefore, many of these students will become leaders in their nations—in business, education, law, government, media and in the church. These students will shape their nations and the world in the years to come. (The majority of world leaders are university educated). Influencing them for Christ could have an exponential ripple effect for the Kingdom.
Christian professors influencing their colleagues for Christ exponentially expands their reach, as their colleagues also become salt and light among even more students, more colleagues, more universities and more academic disciplines.
Christian professors all have opportunities to serve in leadership positions in their universities (on committees or in administrative posts). In these roles, they are able to have an even broader redemptive influence among their students and colleagues as they shape how the university operates and the ends it seeks.
Christian professors are all expected to research and publish as part of their work. By bringing biblical truth into the conversations in their academic fields, they are able to have worldwide redemptive influence among all who read their books and articles!
So this is an opportunity to take Christ to the nations strategically by leveraging the influence Christian professors have in these ways throughout global higher education.
Q: Is there a biblical precedent or model for this ministry strategy?
A: Yes, there is. The Apostle Paul speaks of his time in Ephesus as God opening “a great door for effective work…” (I Corinthians 16:9). He was referring to the events recorded in Acts 19:9-10. Paul’s desire was to reach Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) with the Gospel. His strategy—the “door” the Lord opened—was to spend five hours a day for two years teaching in Ephesus, the academic and cultural center of the nation, at “the school of Tyrannus” (much like a modern-day university). The result was that “everyone in Asia Minor heard the word of the Lord” (Acts 19:10). He knew that if he could have a redemptive influence among those at the “porto-university” in Ephesus, they would return to positions of influence throughout the nation and take the gospel with them. His strategy worked! We believe we should learn from his example and do the same in the nations of the world again today.
Q: How does Global Scholars equip Christian professors?
A: We begin by carefully screening applicants to ensure they are mature believers, are highly qualified academically, and have a missional heart, desiring to be used of God in the lives of their students, colleagues, universities and disciplines. Once appointed, Global Scholars provides ongoing training and resources to prepare Global Scholars professors to have a redemptive influence in a variety of ways, to include sharing the Gospel with their students and colleagues and discipling those who come to faith, as well as integrating biblical truth into their teaching, administration, research, and publishing.
Q: How long has Global Scholars been around, and what have been the results?
A: Global Scholars was founded in 1986 and our first professor went to the field in 1988 (Dr. Danny McCain who continues to serve in Nigeria with Global Scholars). Since then, we have sent 290 Christian professors to 51 nations. Many Global Scholars professors are in the leading universities in their regions, so students from neighboring countries often come to study with them. As a result, we have reached students from a total of 132 nations. Over these decades we have seen thousands of students equipped to live and lead as ambassadors for Christ into all sectors of society at the local, regional, and federal levels in their nations, hundreds of colleagues and universities influenced for Christ, and 23 academic disciplines influenced by Christian professors.
Q: With so many needs here in my own country, why invest in those beyond our borders?
A: Jesus’ final command was to go into all the world to take the gospel to all people (Mark 16:15). Yet over 1 billion people worldwide remain unreached. We must correct this imbalance.
Furthermore, the urgency of fulfilling Jesus’ command increases every day. In universities worldwide non-Christian perspectives are capturing these future leaders’ hearts and minds. Radical Islam and totalitarian regimes are pumping billions of dollars into higher education in nation after nation.
Finally, we live in a very inter-connected world. Daily, new reports confirm how decisions made in far-off lands affect us all. We must not ignore these global needs and realities!
Q: What does it cost Global Scholars to recruit, screen, appoint, train, help place, and provide ongoing care for one professor for a year?
A: Our cost per professor is $6,161. Our costs are so low because the universities hire Global Scholars professors and provide them with a local salary, benefits, classroom space, and administrative support. Therefore. we are able to do so much with relatively little funding, as all our resources can be dedicated to identifying qualified Christian professors worldwide and equipping them to be salt and light. In cases where the university’s salary and benefits do not adequately provide for the professor’s needs, she or he receives additional funding from their local church and friends who invest specifically in their ministry, given through Global Scholars as a 501(c)(3) organization.
Q: It is a “best practice” for ministries to receive an external financial audit each year and make the results available to donors. Is this a practice of Global Scholars?
A: Absolutely. Our annual audit is performed by RubinBrown LLP. Our financials are available upon request.
Q: Is Global Scholars in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and Charity Navigator?
A: Yes and Yes. We continue to be a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 1989. Charity Navigator gives Global Scholars a three star rating.
Q: What funding is needed to reach the goals of the “Global 20/20 Vision”?
A: This growth initiative will require $5.5 million in funding between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2020.
Q: How can I be a part of this strategic investment for the Kingdom?
A: There are four ways to be involved:
Pray— If you wish to invest time in prayer for Global Scholars by joining our prayer team, click here.
Give— If you believe Global Scholars is a wise investment of the financial resources the Lord has entrusted to you, you may make your gift below.
Go— If you have a terminal degree and wish to serve on the field with Global Scholars, click here to learn more about service opportunities.
Volunteer— If you wish to invest some of your time volunteering with Global Scholars, click here to learn more.
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