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Greater Europe Mission

General

Classification: Nonprofit
Type of Organization: Both (MSO/UMO)
Legal Name: Greater Europe Mission
Established: 1949

Organization Description & Goals:

Our mission is to reach Europe by multiplying disciples and growing Christ's church. There are short term, internship, and full-time opportunities to use your gifts in evangelism, discipleship, camp ministry, teaching, music, serving refugees, and more all to see God's kingdom expanding through the peoples of Europe to the world.

Organizational Principles

Purpose & Mission Statement:

GEM's Mission Statement is, "Reaching Europe by multiplying disciples and growing Christ's Church."

Denomination(s): Nondenominational
Member Organization(s): Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
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Standards of Excellence
Open to New Locations: Yes
Service Locations: International
Active Cities: N/A
Active Regions: N/A
Active States: N/A
Active Countries:
Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
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Doctrinal Statement:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to power and glory. We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for the salvation of lost and sinful human beings; salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved will be raised to eternal life with God and the lost will be raised to face judgment and eternal condemnation. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

Core Values:

Transformation GEM workers minister to others out of their own transformation.

Passion GEM workers are passionate about seeing the lost saved and disciples multiplied.

Humility GEM workers strive to be humble in attitudes and actions.

Leadership GEM leaders intentionally lead, develop and care for their teammates.

Community GEM is a community committed to collaborating with one another, other organizations and with local believers and church for the Kingdom.

Stewardship GEM honors God's generosity in the people and resources He provides.

Missions-Sending

Ministries Offered Administration
Anti-Trafficking
Business As Missions (BAM)
Children
Church Planting
Construction
Education
Evangelism
Internships
Internships (Collegiate Accredited)
Internships (Collegiate)
Language Lessons
Linguistics
Outdoor Adventure
Pastoral Training
Prayer Walking
Sports
Team Training
Missionary Durations: 1 to 3 Weeks
1 to 3 Months
4 to 11 Months
1 to 2 Years
More than 2 Years
Long Term/One Way
Individuals: Yes
Divorced: Yes
Married Couples: Yes
Families: Yes
Groups: Yes
Educational Requirements: Yes
Preferred Education Level: High School Diploma
Does the organization provide funding? No
Does the organization provide benefits? Yes

Organization Provided Benefits:

medical, retirement, dental, and workman's comp

Does the organization require training? Yes
Does the organization provide training? Yes

Training Required for Service:

The extensiveness of training is dependent upon how long the volunteer will be serving. Everyone gets training in raising financial support, living cross-culturally, and discipleship. Those serving long term will receive more pre-field training.

Training Provided by Organization:

Yes, those serving short-term will receive an abbreviated version of the training long-term servers will receive. While the same quality, this abbreviated version is more appropriate to their length and is more customized for their program.

Long-Term Missionary Accountability Practices:

GEM is committed to leading, developing, and caring for the missionaries on our staff. Each missionary reports to a field leader. Together, they create an annual Missionary Action Plan and a Development Plan. Monthly, the missionary provides a written update on their progress which is used as the foundation of a conversation with the leader. Missionaries receive written feedback from their leader and 2 peers on a quarterly basis. GEM requires that people are fully funded before going to the field, and provides on-going training and coaching to help maintain that support. All new missionaries attend a Disciple Multiplication Training after completion of language and mentors are available to facilitate continued growth in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. GEM’s Spiritual Life team provides regular retreats as well as spiritual direction. Our Member Care department is made up of counselors who are available to our staff for preventative mental health checkups as well as counseling, personal growth, and team building.

Application Process:

GEM has 3 main processes: Short-Term Team (missions trip for a couple of weeks), short-term service (1-12 months), and long-term (2+ years). Short-Term Teams are processed by a group within GEM, GEM Teams, who handles organizing all of our trips. They walk with each participant through the paperwork process and give ministry training before or at the beginning of their trip. Short-term service has a more detailed process. The applicant starts by submitting an inquiry through the website (www.gemission.com). After receiving this inquiry, the inquiry is assigned to a First Step Caller who will reach out to the participant to complete a First Step Call (FSC). An FSC is an opportunity for GEM to learn more basic information about the applicant as well as the applicant to ask questions. After the FSC, the applicant is sent the Getting to Know You form. After this form, the applicant will complete an interview with a coordinator. After their conversation and the applicant is approved to serve, the coordinator will send them a background check. Next, the applicant and coordinator will work to find a placement that will work well for the applicant's requirements as well as where they feel God leading them. From this step, the applicant will work on support raising as well as other logistics such as getting a passport, visa, travel insurance, etc. The long-term process is very similar and includes everything the short-term process does. The long-term process is more extensive and adds more interviews, a trip to Colorado for Candidate Orientation, and more training.

Unique Services & Resources

Provided Services & Resources:

Anti-Trafficking
Business As Missions (BAM)
Camp Ministry
Community Development
Community Outreach
Humanitarian/Disaster Relief
Media
Visual Arts

Anti-Trafficking:

Description:

We have a few ministries across Europe who are working with women and men who have come out of trafficking. Ministry in these locations might look like helping these individuals adjust to life outside of trafficking and discipleship.

Resource Availability: Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Greece
France
United Kingdom
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

The individual will have to raise the financial costs associated with living overseas.

Business As Missions (BAM):

Description:

GEM has a few ministries that are run out of businesses. One example is a coffee shop. We have two coffee shops in England and one tea house in Spain. Each of these ministries opportunities functions as a business, but hosts discipleship and church opportunities.

Resource Availability: Church Members
Church Staff
Churches
Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Non-Profits
Retail Customers
Students
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Spain
United Kingdom
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

The volunteer will need to raise the financial costs associated with living overseas.

Camp Ministry:

Description:

GEM owns and runs two camps. One camp in Spain is focused on high school and family camps. They're most well known for their sports ministry camps. The students come and during the day learn skills in American football, basketball, or volleyball. At night, there are fun activities and discipleship. The camp in France is focused on a variety of different camps throughout the year. They have English camps that help high school students practice and develop their skills in English. Their family camp in the winters provides a retreat for families. The families ski/snowboard during the day and then come back for a discipleship lesson at night.

Resource Availability: Church Members
Church Staff
Churches
Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Students
Other
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Spain
France
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

The server would be responsible for raising the funds associated with living overseas.

Community Development:

Description:

Our team has several ministries that engage with the community. One example is ministries based out of community centers. These centers provide different resources but also opportunities to engage with other members in the community through learning English, discipleship, Bible studies, and more.

Resource Availability: Individuals
Students
Location(s): International
Active Countries:
Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
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Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

The volunteer is responsible for raising the funds associated with living overseas.

Community Outreach:

Description:

GEM has a variety of community outreach ministry. There are specific events in a location that are held several times a year. These events might be focused on reaching a community through hosting a Bible learning event for kids, soccer matches to get to know neighbors, or a hiking event for college students to get to know other Christians in their area. Each event is with the heart of discipleship. The hope is to foster a healthy community, but also to get to know people and begin discipleship relationships.

Resource Availability: Individuals
Students
Location(s): International
Active Countries:
Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
Hide Full List
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

The volunteer is responsible for raising the funds associated with living overseas.

Humanitarian/Disaster Relief:

Description:

GEM has been heavily involved in relief for the refugees displaced by the refugee crisis. We developed a community center outside one of the main refugee camps in Greece. Through this center, we are able to build community and disciple refugees. GEM also partners with a relief organization to enter the camp and provide supplies for the refugees who need them.

Resource Availability: Individuals
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Greece
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

The volunteer is responsible for raising the funds associated with serving overseas.

Media:

Description:

GEM has two main ministries devoted to reaching people through app development and cinematic arts. The team focused on app development has been able to reach those interested in Christianity by creating a topical Bible app. The cinematic arts team has created feature films that tell Biblical stories through the eyes of everyday people.

Resource Availability: Individuals
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Germany
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

The volunteer is responsible for raising the support associated with serving overseas.

Visual Arts:

Description:

We have one ministry that is focused on connecting with people in the community through ceramics.

Resource Availability: Individuals
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Germany
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

The volunteer is responsible for raising the funds associated with living overseas.