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GMI is involved in conducting original research on subjects that will benefit the broader community of Kingdom workers on mission around the world. Many of these subjects are not being addressed by other researchers. Our goal with this research is to help make new insights in these areas accessible and actionable. Take some time to explore the research reports available from GMI.


The Engage Study (2015)

What difference do thriving people make? You know the answer but what are you doing about it? Will you Engage with your missionaries and learn from what they have to say? Your mission depends on it! Visit the Engage Study Landing Page.

Global Briefing

If you are an international ministry, church or ministry network who is passionate about making Spirit-led decisions about your global ministry, then please consider the GMI Global Briefing.

GMI Ministry Decision Research: India

Copyright 2014. In a world awash with information and complex global dynamics, making decisions is more challenging than ever. GMI is committed to helping Kingdom workers make Spirit-led decisions that advance the global Church.


2013 Agency Web Review

Copyright 2013. 400 future missionaries--many pursuing long-term service, others looking at short-term opportunities or just considering possibilities--took time to review 29 major mission sending agency websites and Facebook pages.


Fruitful Practices

Ongoing. A collaborative study to research best practices in church-planting among cross-cultural teams in unreached areas


Agency Image and Awareness Study

Copyright 2010/2013. In 2010 GMI surveyed more than 900 prospective cross-cultural workers about their awareness (aided and unaided) of mission sending agencies. Then, we asked them to characterize agencies they knew about.

Results provide insights into overall awareness, and communication activities that are linked to favorability, and perceived agency segments among prospects.

Report updated for 2013; code names are used for specific agencies to protect their identities.

pdficon_small.gif Download the Agency Image and Awareness Study here. (705 KB)


Decision Support Summary

Copyright 2013. GMI is committed to listening to those we serve as we support ministry decision-making across the globe. Because of this commitment we have undertaken a research project called the Ministry Decision Support Initiative. The goal of this project was to identify how ministry leaders are seeking out information and making decisions so GMI could better produce programs, products and services to serve them.

To see how we went about this, read the finsihed report below.

pdficon_small.gif Download the Decision Support Summary here. (1,994 KB)


Engage Executive Summary

Copyright 2009. Engage is an employee satisfaction and retention study conducted among full-time, residential, cross-cultural field workers serving with North American agencies. This report focuses on surveys in 2006 and 2007 of 1,727 active field workers from 18 agencies, along with in-depth qualitative interviews with 53 current and 45 former field workers.

The study reveals benchmark performance measures of North American agencies across 11 dimensions. Notably, results confirmed that field worker satisfaction is positively linked with overall agency retention. Additionally, the study measured the significance and strength of association between field worker retention and performance on several dimensions or organizational performance.

The Engage study was authorized by the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance and was conducted by GMI in partnership with Best Christian Workplaces Institute and Generating Change (UK).

pdficon_small.gif Download the Engage Executive Summary here. (554 KB)


Oxford Initiative

Copyright 2008. A literature review and survey of international leaders analyzing opinions and attitudes among those sharing money in international mission partnership



Copyright 2007. A collaborative study documenting the status and exploring the future of mission aviation ministry around the world.

FlightPlan was a 2004-2007 initiative to document the status and explore the future of mission aviation. Launched from a consultation of missions aviation practitioners, trainers and funders, the three-phase study included vast secondary research along with first-hand surveys and interviews with mission aviation stakeholders and potential aviation service users.

Among the FlightPlan resources is a 184-page research report documenting activities, trends, challenges and opportunities in mission aviation. GMI analysts proposed and described seven viable models for future aviation ministry and four viable models for mission aviator training.

The executive summary is a free download. Additional research materials are available to people directly involved or pursuing mission aviation for the cost of shipping and handling.

pdficon_small.gif Download the FlightPlan Executive Summary here. (68 KB)


African Proverbs

Copyright 2006. We collected and published indigenous African proverbs as a teaching resource for African seminaries and Bible colleges. Out of print.


Churches' Response to AIDS

Copyright 2005. a global research report prepared for the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies exploring how local congregations in India, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Honduras, and Peru are responding to the AIDS pandemic