Introducing Philip Gormong, Global Partners Mobilizer
Philip grew up in Zambia, Africa, where his parents, Dan and Nancy Gormong, served as Global Partners missionaries. After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University with a major in psychology and minor in biblical literature, he traveled to New Zealand on a two-week trip led by Dr. Jim Lo. There, God confirmed Philip’s call to ministry. He went on to obtain a MDiv from Wesley Biblical Seminary.
Philip and Kara, his wife, served as missionaries in Vladimir, Russia, for two years with Global Partners where they engaged in church planting. Upon returning to North America, he served as the assistant pastor at Faith Wesleyan Church in Terre Haute, Indiana. Philip and Kara have four children: Adalynn (7), Gwenyvere (6), Asher (3), and Paxton (1).
Now with Global Partners Resource Team, Philip’s desire is to direct people and churches toward Great Commission ministry. As a Mobilizer, his heartbeat is to connect with and encourage people in the calling and leading God has placed in their lives and to mobilize them to be sent out as missionaries. This happens through helping people clarify and understand how God is leading, through assisting them to actualize God’s call toward global service, as well as through Personal Mission Coaching.
Having pastored in a local Wesleyan church for several years where he led and directed the missions program, Philip’s hope is to use that experience and knowledge to foster a heart and culture for missions among local Wesleyan churches in The Wesleyan Church of North America. One key way this happens is through Missional Coaching, which helps churches clarify their global vision and the unique part they can play in reaching their here, near, far, and hard places for global transformation.
Another integral role Philip plays as part of the Global Partners Resource Team is with the Amplified Leaders Initiative. There is a great need to better train and equip individuals leading and pastoring global Wesleyan churches. In fact, approximately 80% of those churches are led by individuals who are not ordained and are untrained, primarily due to a lack of viable options for ministerial development and training. As part of the Amplified Leaders Initiative, Philip’s role is to mobilize catalyst trainers (pastors, professors, and leaders) to teach and train up pastors and leaders of the global Wesleyan Church. The goal is to see 1,000 newly ordained pastors and 200 catalyst trainers serving across the globe by the year 2020.
Philip has a heart for the world, and while his ‘missionary kid’ upbringing opened his eyes at an early age to the globe, it has been the love of Christ poured into his life and the urgency and need for others to experience that same life in Jesus that fuels his enthusiasm for cross-cultural mission.
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These verses are a perpetual call stirred in Philip’s heart that challenge and encourage him in his role with Global Partners as he seeks to mobilize more laborers for the harvest. He is excited to be a part of the mobilization team and to use his passion for missions to help others in their own call. Contact Philip at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.707.7715.