Churches are invited to involve their congregants in online mission work through a recently launched Web site that brings spiritual seekers to them.
The GmoAlwaysReady Web site is an online missions program available to all churches. Congregants can volunteer to receive e-mails from seekers that are found through the multiple Web sites of the internet outreach ministry Global Media Outreach.
“Our online presence shows us daily – moment by moment – that the fields are indeed ripe to harvest, yet the laborers are few,” said Walt Wilson, GMO founder and chair. “More online missionaries are needed. GmoAlwaysReady.com is the portal for churches to begin their online missions program and answer the call of the Great Commission.”
Churches that join the program will receive accountability reports on the number of people reached. They can also have live, up-to-the-minute statistics on people indicating decisions for Christ and the number of e-mails coming in through GMO Web sites.
"Through GMO Always Ready, I have access to a system that gives unbelievable resources. It comes every single day, it has great flexibility and it gives me the capability of getting my congregation involved in making disciples of all nations," said Rob Jackson, pastor of Forestville Baptist in Greenville, S.C.
He added, "It will very quickly ramp your energy level, your commitment level and your giving level up to a place you've never seen before with regard to reaching the world.”
Due to high volumes of e-mails, GMO has asked Northland, A Church Distributed, a well-known megachurch in Florida, to recruit and train 5,000 online missionaries by 2010.
But even with the help of Northland, the Internet ministry says it needs an additional 3,000, or a total of 10,000, online missionaries to meet the demand.
GMO has more than 90 Web sites and over 3,000 online missionaries. The ministry says the Internet and other technologies are effective tools in sharing the love of Christ and plan of salvation around the world.
Since its founding in 2004, GMO has seen the number of decisions for Christ increase from 21,066 people annually to more than 3 million people in 2008. In the months of June, July and August, there were more than 1 million people who indicated decisions for Christ in each of those months.
The ministry, which is the media arm of Campus Crusade for Christ, projects around 5 million decisions this year.